TL;DR

by Frost on June 7, 2011

I covered this topic before, but apparently the problem is getting worse.

Boss commented on my post about the value of close friendships (aww) to say this:

“I haven’t finished reading the article yet, but damn..what an article,…thanks a lot”

I appreciate the kind words. But honestly dude, it’s a 500-word article. Is your attention span really not equipped to deal with two consecutive minutes of reading? What is it with you kids these days? Read a book why don’t ya.

And yes, I realize that by writing such a short post, I’m not part of the solution.

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rg June 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm
Neill June 8, 2011 at 7:17 am

Unfortunately people are more interested in getting a feeling from a blog (or product in general) than anything useful. Once they get that feeling they don’t need to read any further.

It’s a dilemma, should we write in a way that panders to this? Short posts with short sentences and paragraphs, focusing on creating feelings in people (these invariably get the more traffic) or write longer pieces if that is needed?

I’m trying to mix it up. There’s no point in being naive about it. I could point you to some blogs that are huge and every post basically consists of ‘you are a special snow-flake, I think you are awesome, feel good about yourself!’.

It doesn’t really help people, but that’s what they want. Should we give it to them? Maybe as long as we hide the vitamin inside?

Frost June 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

Awesome question, and definitely one that I’ve thought about before. I’ll likely respond with a post.

jez June 12, 2011 at 6:17 am

If you do, I might get around to reading a bit of it.

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