I was recently talking with a friend about the lengths of some blog posts, and it’s made me think about mine. My friend noted that many people turn off when they encounter long posts, for an obviously varying sense of “long”. I agree. Certainly, it depends upon how interesting the subject is, and how engaging the writing is — and my own tolerance may be more than that of some — but, yes, I’ll sometimes give up on a too-long blog entry, news article, or whatever.
It made me wonder about these pages, where I don’t tend to be brief. What I write is certainly not as long as some, but it usually goes to the long side. To an extent, that’s intentional: it feels... unsatisfying... to only write a few lines. There are exceptions, of course, and sometimes less really is more. But, in general, if I don’t have more to say on the subject, is it worth writing? Is it worth reading?
So I thought I’d ask my readers. Clearly, not everyone is interested in everything I write — I know there are some who come for the political stuff, some who wish I’d stop that and stick with the computer things, and some who glaze over at anything to do with computers or mathematics. But for the bits you read, does my post length seem too long, too short, or about right?
If I haven’t already talked with you about this outside of these pages, please leave a comment here and tell me what you think.