Blogging Insights NF # 51 — “Good value for money”

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The first thing you learn when you’re blogging is that people are one click away from leaving you. So you’ve got to get to the point, you can’t waste people’s time, you’ve got to give them some value for their limited attention span. ~ Alex Tabarrok

Interesting concept. My thoughts are thus:

If I can, I like to have a catchy post title, be it a play on words, or something tongue in cheek
I try not to do two similar posts (ie. photoprompts) one after the other and try to do at least one post a day which is not a challenge.
Since starting my blog in 2013, I have reduced my word count considerably and keep to below 300 – 350 words if I can. That was one reason why I liked the word count challenges because I had to get my point across within a specified limit.
I try to provide variety, not just in the challenges I host or participate in, but the way I address them, be it captions, poetry, humour, observations or maybe a little off the wall.

I find long posts usually lose my interest, though hold my hand up to waffling on about certain subjects (budgets and dogs immediately come to mind), especially in my early days. I try to keep things interesting, and if I’m posting about money matters or dieting tips, I hope readers find the information useful or at least food for thought.

The thing is, IMO if you ‘get to the point’ too early, people may lose interest in whatever else you write because the punch line isn’t teasingly hidden within the rest of the script. I so love to write a post and then twist the ending to the unexpected.

Like so many other things in life, I guess it all comes down to variety and balance.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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7 Responses to Blogging Insights NF # 51 — “Good value for money”

  1. Carol anne says:

    Keep doing what your doing! You have a great thing going! I love the variety in your posts!

  2. Nope, Not Pam says:

    It’s probably true but I don’t care. I post what I want to post. Most of the regulars will pop by 😊

  3. You said it so well Di, all that matters is variety and balance.

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