Wednesday, February 7, 2024

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 



February 7 question: What turns you off when visiting an author's website/blog? Lack of information? A drone of negativity? Little mention of author's books? Constant mention
 of books? 

I love my blogger friends. The blogs I visit each month have become special to me. It's rare when I come across negativity, and usually, it's understandable. I don't mind at all when author's books are mentioned, because authors have to market their wares. (I so dislike marketing) With that said, I admit that I don't have tons of time to blog hop. If I come upon someone's blog that has an extremely long post, I quickly skim it, and look for the meat in the words.

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30 comments:

  1. My posts are long, but they are in several different short sections so people can read a short bit on what interests them the most.
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

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  2. Can you believe it's already February! Hi Cathrina. Hope you're having a wonderful IWSG Wednesday. Thanks for co-hosting.

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  3. Hi, I don't like negativity, either. Thank you so much for co-hosting. Shalom shalom

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  4. My posts are usually long and I often wonder if I overwhelm my readers with all the explanation. Thank you for co-hosting.

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  5. What the 'experts' say about the best length for a blog has changed over the years. But I'm like you, a prefer ones that don't require too much of a commitment.

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  6. I agree with the Short and Sweet version being best. You can always link to the wordy version. I do tend to go on (and on) sometimes and hopefully will be forgiven.

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  7. True--about skimming for the meat in long posts. One blogger I adore writes quite meaty posts but highlights the important parts. I love that woman.

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  8. Time is such a huge factor. If I read every blog post thoroughly, I'd never get anything else done. I do love informational and interesting post, however, and those I will linger over. Thanks for co-hosting today.

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  9. I gotta admit, I do that as well with long posts. I look for the headers and bullet points.

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  10. Thanks for co-hosting this month. It's hard to read long post, especially if they aren't sectioned off in someway, but when they are, you can often jump around them to get the point.

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  11. Somewhere, sometime, somehow I read that the sweet spot for blog posts was 300 words and I like that boundary so that I don't blather (wink-wink) Thanks for co-hosting!

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  12. Once again as a group, we seem to agree long posts are a challenge to read. Naturally, there are exceptions. If the blog holds my attention, I'll pause and try to understand why the long post held my attention.
    Thanks for co-hosting today.
    Lynn @ https://la-vita.us/

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  13. I try to keep my posts short for that very skimming reason!

    Thanks for co-hosting!

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  14. I dislike long-winded posts too. Short and to the point - that is the ticket, if I want people to read my posts.

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  15. I agree it can be hard to focus through long posts. Thank you for co-hosting IWSG this month!

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  16. You pretty much described how I feel and I think we have a lot of company. Over the years I have found blogging to be such a time suck that lately I drastically limit my time doing it. And not having my own computer over the past year has added to the difficulty of online activity. Maybe once I get another computer I'll be on more, but I've been kind of enjoying less time on line.

    Thanks for co-hosting!

    Lee

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  17. Ooo. Good one. Lonnnng posts. I left that out of my list. Of course, I also broke that rule this time. LOL But I put a link to a freebie in it to compensate. ;)
    Thanks for co-hosting.

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  18. No, I must admit I skimread overlong posts, with a few exceptions. Anne Allen, for instance.

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  19. I find really long posts problematic, too. If I have a topic that requires a longer post, like a triathlon training discussion, I try to add a table of contents, so readers can click right to the section that interests them the most, without having to read through everything and get frustrated. Good luck with your writing and thanks for co-hosting!

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  20. Thanks for co-hosting today. And IWSG is exceptional for support and kindness. @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

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  21. I hear you about not having a lot of time to blog hop. There are so many interesting blogs out there! I hate that I don't have time to visit them all regularly.

    Happy IWSG Day!

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  22. Thanks for co-hosting today! I tend to skim overly long blogposts too. I try not to do the same as well. If I'm unable to avoid it, I break up the long post with breaks of pictures, gifs, videos, etc... But I do that anyways, no matter the length.

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  23. I do also try to keep posts short normally. Failed this month! But online attention is short and there are many sites to visit.

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  24. Thanks for co-hosting today.
    I think that a good length depends on content and how well written they are for a blog post i.e., not literary but clear and chunky. 300 words is often too short for my blog. I appear to be the only commenter who had to reach for the sunglasses to cope with your colour scheme!

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  25. Hi, Cathrina! Thanks for co-hosting this month. I'm terrified of marketing. I think it's because I don't know where to begin. Lengthy posts tire me out. Have a beautiful day!

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  26. Wow! The colors here really pop! I agree, short and sweet (or, to the point) is best. Time constraints plague us all sometimes, but I've seen a few highly effective blogs that manage to inform and engage while racking up book sales without being too wordy. Those are the sites I follow, hoping to learn all I can about the process and make friends along the way.
    Thank you for co-hosting!

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  27. I don't have time to read super-long posts either.

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  28. Online reading of huge chunks of copy is hard on the eyes. If it's broken up and fun to read, I'm fine with it. If it isn't, I'm prone to skim.

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