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Day 70: Envious of Long-winded Bloggers

Day 70: Words getting you down? Ok, no that's my taxes.

Day 70: Words getting you down? Ok, no that's my taxes.

Some people got it; I don’t. When it comes to being wordy and expressing thoughts in a well-rounded post, I just don’t have it. Some of my readers have commented on my succinctness before, and it blows my mind because I often find that reaching a mere 500 words in a post can be a drawn-out task. I’m just too direct, I guess?

Other people have the gift of gab in a way that causes them to have to take words out of articles. IF ONLY I had THAT problem, I would be able to write blog after blog, article after article, and not have to rack my brain — taking up time — on how to reach my desired word count.

Although, it’s not supposed to really be about word count. Successful blog posts can rely on successful topics and presentation, yet word count is generally what the world of writing is based upon. Do you ever feel like you’re just putting in mindless drivel to fill a page (like I’m doing just now)?

Another area where I struggle is commenting. I read a lot of blogs and comments, and while I feel like I *should* say something, I often have nothing to really say. Instead I respond quickly on how I liked the read, but that just kind of looks like spam comments. Even on my blog here, I would like to respond to everyone’s comments, but who has that time?

Do I appreciate comments?

Damn straight I do. I LOVE comments on my blog, and I cherish each and every one, but sometimes I just have nothing to say in response except for maybe “thanks for reading”. I know… lamesauce?

Is it bad that I often struggle more on commenting now, than I do on writing? To all you long-winded people out there: How do you do it?

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16 Responses to Day 70: Envious of Long-winded Bloggers

  1. Sally March 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    As a ridiculously long-winded blogger (2,000 word count on average, baby!), I am always trying to be more concise (not trying hard enough — since making a New Year’s resolution to be more concise my posts have actually gotten LONGER… funny that.) I had no idea people would actually be jealous of my ability to blather on endlessly, especially since in the blogging world this seems to be the antithesis of “good blogging.” If it’s any consolation, I’m ridiculously envious of those bloggers who are able to make a point in under 500 words (without mentioning their pants or snacks or their mom even once!). I would love to be able to blurt out short, succinct posts, but I’ve tried and it just feels too forced. I think we all just have a natural writing style — of course, we can tweak it here in there (it’s possible I could write LESS about my pants) but, in the end, our best pieces are just what comes naturally to us.

    • Brooke March 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

      Totally jealous, Sally 🙂 Even the length of your comment blows my mind.

  2. Odysseus March 12, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    I feel like my writing is always long-winded, and this after I’ve generally shortened it by half after the first or second drafts. When I write, I feel like I have so much I want to say — but the weird thing is that I’m opposite this when talking. At least, during my few stints as a teacher, I always felt like I just had a couple of sentences to say to the class and then I was done. I would always panic because I couldn’t go on speaking for more than a few minutes, no matter how expectantly the class would look at me. So, now I wonder: Do you tend to talk a lot? Maybe everybody only gets to be long-winded in just one area of communication.

    • Brooke March 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

      Interesting question, and I meant to bring it up in the post… but I do not talk a lot. I’m very direct in my speech, unless it is something I am really passionate about, so I’m not usually a big talker. I’m the type of person that’s okay with a bit of silence, and would much rather prefer that than forced conversation.

  3. John aka Worldtraveller March 12, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    To my opinion no such things as too many words in a blog. As one can say many things and there is never too much information ever.

    • Brooke March 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

      I agree. I think long blog posts are good if they are well-written and have structure (subheadings or breaks).

  4. ayngelina March 13, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    As someone who comments A LOT. I think you are just overthinking it.

    Although I will say some posts invite comments and others dont. If I read a post that is tips based about some place Ive never been I dont comment. BUT if a post is personal, like yours, or about some place Ive been its really easy.

    • Brooke March 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

      The problem for me is that commenting actually results in more blog traffic. I often go periods without commenting and then see a difference in my analytics when I make an effort to leave more comments. I don’t want to force anything, but I struggle knowing that commenting can lead more people back to my site ya know?

  5. Randy March 13, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    Now that I know you’re not a spammer, I guess I can approve your comments! 🙂 In our relationship, Beth has the “gift of gab.” I tend to be more factual and structured with my writing, where Beth can channel her inner stream of conscious; it’s really a great gift. She also makes fun of me because it takes me a lot longer to comment than her. Again, I think it out too much, but that’s just the way I write. As for word count, I say f*ck it! Unless, it’s for an assignment, of course.

    • Brooke March 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

      It is really amazing even some of the emails I get from Beth… I’d agree about the gift part! In my relationship, Patrick is the gabber… now if only I could get him in on the travel team part we’d be set 🙂

  6. Bethany March 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    oh man, randy is on the rouge i see. hahaha…

    Your posts are perfect! Honestly not having write a lot is a real gift. Sometimes I go on and on- it’s too much and I know it but I don’t know how to say less. I wouldn’t worry about it – your posts are great – just the right length 🙂 As for the comments, I like to reply because it’s my little way of ‘talking’ to the people that comment. I think it’s fun but then again I’m a blabber mouth.

    • Brooke March 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

      This is absolutely hilarious — getting comments from both Beers and Beans members. Thanks for the kind words, Beth 😀

  7. Magda March 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    I appreciate your honestly Brooke. I think it is great that you can admit what your weaknesses are and that you are willing to learn and keep working on those areas. Not many people can do it. Most would just give up and move to another thing.
    Keep writing! I think you are doing great!

  8. Caz Makepeace March 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    I’m struggling with the whole commenting thing lately too. I just don’t have a lot of time anymore. I do the best I can. I usually won’t comment if I don’t have anything valuable to add, but I’ll still share the article.
    I wouldn’t worry too much about the comments on your own site. I was there for awhile, but I know my traffic stats are good. In a way, it is a good thing, because it means you probably have a lot of readers who aren’t travel bloggers and who are too afraid to make a comment. They just like to read your stuff quietly.
    I can be too long-winded in my writing, and I am working on reducing this quite a bit. It is a challenge. But we an all improve.
    I think your writing is great! You say what you need to say well.

  9. Tony March 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    I really like how you’re concise and to the point. I try to write in the same way and find it very accessible. I agree with the drawn-out task comment – my uni essays rarely went over the word count! 😉

  10. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy March 30, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    As a blogger, you can’t be too succinct! Only the most dedicated readers would even attempt to plod through a 3000-word blog post. I rarely read beyond 1000. Shorter is better!

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