Are brief, one-paragraph posts best on WP?

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10 Jul 2019, 11:51 pm

I've been told that brief one-paragraph posts are more likely to be read, understood, and inviting responses than long, wordy text.

The adage, brevity is the soul of wit applies.



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11 Jul 2019, 1:01 am

I noticed longer replies on here right away. I assumed it was because autistic people have a tendency to monologue.



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11 Jul 2019, 1:46 am

...Yes? 8O


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11 Jul 2019, 1:47 am

...NO!! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! ! :P


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11 Jul 2019, 1:56 am

No. I'm trying not to cast aspersions on NTs that use social media that it's true for them.



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11 Jul 2019, 1:57 am

It would make reading threads more like reading a conversation rather than trying to read a bunch of lengthy speeches.

It is supposed to be a post, like a tweet, not an easy.

I will say it is one thing of the OP longer. But I think those who respond to it should refrain from giving their "life story" in a reply.



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11 Jul 2019, 2:30 am

I never read those really long posts.


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11 Jul 2019, 2:31 am

I think it depends on how well a thought is communicated or how good a writer someone is. A long post can be engaging if written well.

I think with long posts that don’t get responses a couple of very different scenarios play out:

1. Long, rambling post of annoying-to-decipher word soup that gets ignored because it doesn’t feel worth the time and effort, or...

2. Well-written response that is so thorough and all-encompassing that there isn’t anything else to be added so a thread dies.



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11 Jul 2019, 5:54 am

I'm guilty of making long winded posts about my own experiences, and yes I do notice they tend to get less engagement than shorter ones.

It can honestly be hard to resist the impulse. Somehow my mind says to itself "all this is necessary." Sometimes what I'm reading gives me an itch to describe an experience and it amounts to a public speaking of inner thoughts.


I think a lot of people here are ventilating experiences they feel no one else has been able to relate to.


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11 Jul 2019, 6:05 am

I think brief posts are simply more likely to be read and understood.


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11 Jul 2019, 6:18 am

magz wrote:
I think brief posts are simply more likely to be read and understood.

This.


While not everybody has the attention span or focus to read long posts this is also true:
wrybread wrote:
I think it depends on how well a thought is communicated or how good a writer someone is. A long post can be engaging if written well.

I think with long posts that don’t get responses a couple of very different scenarios play out:

1. Long, rambling post of annoying-to-decipher word soup that gets ignored because it doesn’t feel worth the time and effort, or...

2. Well-written response that is so thorough and all-encompassing that there isn’t anything else to be added so a thread dies.

There are a few people who routinely say in 5 paragraphs what could easily be said in 5 sentences, but there are also people who would put a lot of thought and effort to make long but very insightful and well-written posts.


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11 Jul 2019, 6:46 am

Most of the time, “short and sweet” is appreciated by people with relatively little time on their hands.



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11 Jul 2019, 7:11 am

Yes, short posts that make a clear point are definitely preferable.

And above all, if a post needs to be longer, it should be broken up into short paragraphs. The most daunting thing of all, I think, is a long post that takes the form of a single, uninterrupted paragraph.



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11 Jul 2019, 8:07 am

I’m a little ADHD. I can lose focus very quickly.

Expressing the same idea in different words, and ad nauseum reiteration of ideas, can lull me to sleep.

I know about this. Because I do that sometimes.



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11 Jul 2019, 8:09 am

Paragraphs are better than a wall of text. But a bunch of long paragraphs is still usually too much.

The more someone puts into their post, the less it is going to be read.

Probably one reason why krafti and I are "popular" is because we are both easy to read.