- First of all, shorter is better. I don't have all day. If it's really long I probably won't read it. Usually you can say whatever you're trying to say in a much more concise way. Try that. If that doesn't work, you should break it into more than one post.
- Also I like short paragraphs. It breaks up the post and makes me feel like I'm getting somewhere. One long chunk of text is quite daunting. It's like looking up at a cliff. Is it worth getting to the top (or, in this case, the end of the post)?
- Something I like is lists. They are normally very concise and make you feel like you are breezing through the post.
- I also like it when people Bold or underline main points, especially when they do the paragraph type list where the main bullet point is highlighted (through bold and/or underline) and the explanation follows in regular formatting.
- Don't overdo it with bold, underline and other font formatting. It looks annoying and I don't know how to interpret all the different font formats. Why is one section in italics and another bold? Should I whisper one and shout the other? Maybe I should yell one in an angry voice and the other in an excited voice? Keep it simple; don't overdo it.
Monday, May 09, 2011
Writing Posts that People (Like Me) Will Read
I have some tips on making it more likely that people will read the contents of your posts, but I can't say that these tips are universal because they are just based on my preferences. So, here are some ideas that will make (at least) me more likely to read your posts: