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A survey: Long posts with several items or lots of short posts?

By William Brand
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 at 2:14 pm in Uncategorized.

Online survey: A lot of blogs, maybe trying to drive up  traffic,  post short squibs, one-after-the-other.  I go more for longer posts, many with several items in a single post.

Question. What do you think?  Comments welcome.

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  • James

    I prefer the longer posts as opposed to a bunch of smaller staggered ones. So long as you can update one new item per day I am a happy guy. Love the blog, thanks!

  • Chris

    If you want to treat it like a newsletter, then make it one big one. I receive your posts (and other people’s blogs) via RSS in my mail program so I personally like topical posts rather than long ones so I can jump to what interests me first.

    I will continue to read it either way.

  • hayhehes

    I use an RSS reader so I prefer each topic have its own posting so I browse the index and choose which one interest me (though I usually inevitably read them all so….)

  • Ashton

    RSS reader, read everything, prefer separated topics. Less chance to miss something tucked under a photo!

  • http://geistbearbrewing.com Thomas

    RSS reader here, on a certain level which one are you more comfortable with, then use that I’ll probably read regardless. That said I prefer a post be to a particular topic, events, etc, combining topics makes it more confusing for google and reader, what is important about that particular post?

  • John

    I agree with what others have said: separate, discrete topics are nice because they make for easy reading in RSS readers. That being said, your blog is in my top 5-10 anyway, so I don’t think you need to change.

  • http:///www.brewedforthought.com Mario (Brewed For Thought)

    I’m young and have no attention span. As such, I like my quick hits, but I also don’t feel like reading through numerous posts.

    I like the way you do it now. Some consolidation, and I also get that reward of checking my RSS Reader and seeing something new once or twice a day.

  • http://www.betterbeerblog.com Peter

    As a blogger, I have argued with myself and had discussions with several of my friends and readers regarding this issue. I feel that sometimes, my own posts get too wordy while with my shorter posts tend to be “Public Service Message” type stuff. In the end, I try and keep things as short as possible while writing enough to do justice to the material.

    As a reader, I subscribe to many different blogs via RSS feed and I can say that in the end, if the content is worth reading, I’ll read through it.

  • William Brand

    Wpw. Good comments folks. I guess I’m a frustrated three-dot columnist…as a kid I greatly admired the Chronicle’s Herb Caen. I guess I was just born 30 years too late and got the digital age instead of newsprint. Oh well.

    New Year’s Resolution: Shorter posts.

  • brewnot

    I guess I do not have an opinion one way or the other.

    But if you are looking for suggestions: Any way you can include more photos of attractive women enjoying beer at Octoberfest?

    Something like this:
    http://www.agoraquest.com/personal_icon/file_1296463903hot_beer_girls.jpg

    Maybe this is my way of asking, “What is an RSS?”