Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Be a Better Blogger Week: Does size count?

Today's post is a little on the navel-gazing, mousy side, but I am making up for it with a picture of the ever-adorable Espen. Couldn't you just kiss those cheeks? I do :)

One of the things that often stops me from blogging more often is that I have so much to say that each post is nigh-unto a novella by the time I'm done. And if I'm going to be completely honest here, I think the point is that it takes me about three times as long as the average person to get to the point. See, couldn't you have said that in about half the wordage?

I am loooongwinded.

I was talking to Stepper the other day about how longwindedness comes from a fondness for words. When you like words as much as I do, you find yourself trying to use as many of them as possible while conveying even the simplest ideas. I do it in talking and I do it in writing. And now I'm doing it again!

I've noticed that my blog posts tend to be pages and pages long (how do you say that in terms of computers? Screens and screens?) where lots of people seem to manage to whip up wonderfully charming posts in just a couple of paragraphs and a picture. And while I have fun crafting my beloved words into sentence upon sentence, I often find myself wondering if anyone is still with me at the end.

Is there anybody out there?

So, in a bold attempt to keep my tens of readers with me, I'm going to ask you what you think. Do I drivel on endlessly without any rhyme or reason, and if so, do you like it that way? Or do you prefer the kind of blog that actually ponies up a point every once in a while?


  1. I think it totally depends. On ME, of course. There are days where I have lots of time, and I read every word - no matter how many screens there are. Then there are days that I can only check two or three blogs - and I skim those at best.

    Say what you want, girlie. It's your blog!

  2. nooooo! i love long wordy paragraphs! for me i will keep going until i have managed to slot all my favourite words in (tremendous, delightful, and utterly) the way we blog is very personal but i can utterly (c!) and completely say i enjoy your words every time, and espen is perhaps the cutest thing i have ever seen! those cheeks! the eyes! awwwwww :)

  3. I have never thought your blogging style was long winded. Not once have I thought "ugh, get to the point already". I really like reading what you have to say. Also, I feel like if your blog is just a personal blog, and not one that's trying to make money or promote a business or anything, you should just say whatever you want to say, however you want to say it, and if people like it they like it. If they don't, then TOUGH! It's YOUR life, YOUR blog, and we have so much we compare ourselves to in other areas of life anyway, adding one in the blog-o-sphere is just unnecessary. Long live Tamsin's Blog! Viva la Tamsin's Blog!, etc., etc. You get the point. Love you.

  4. That Girl, I love it when you comment! And you're right it is my blog! I guess I just want to make sure I'm the best little blogger I can be :)

    Madsta, I'm glad someone is with me to the bitter end.

    Erin, you are so right about comparing ourselves to others. I will continue on in my longwinded ways, safe in the knowledge that my beloved Huffsicle (Carpersicle?) still loves me.

  5. I also tend to be on the long-winded side. :) Usually.

    I once wrote a post that took my mom 20 minutes to read. It was that long. That's a long time to read a blog post, I think.

    But writing words makes me feel happy. It's my de-stressor. And as "That Girl" said...it's your blog. Go for it!

    PS. This was not emo. Just sayin'...you'd have to come across a lot more depressed to be emo. At least, I think....

  6. I love all of your blogs no matter what!