Sunday, February 13, 2011

Poll: Shorter Posts vs. Longer

The recent reviews I've seen online tend to be really long, and I know I tend to go that way and write longer reviews sometimes.
Some of the best replies and most read posts I have up are quite short:
One idea, one quick review, one thought.
Do reviews always have to be long? 
Should I add on to my post schedule, one short review a week and one short idea-post every other week?
But what do you prefer to read: Long posts, long reviews or shorter ones?
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  1. i think short is good when it comes to posts - no longer than a People mag article.There is a lot of info online and we tend to want to sample a few sites.

    on the other hand sometimes, as with a book of importance, longer is needed.
    Just my humble opinion!
    Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
    twitter: @fangswandsfairy

  2. Ah, excellent advice - I'm going to keep most of my posts short unless it is a fav book that deserves length.

  3. I prefer to read shorter posts as it's much quicker when you're time is limited. The exception to that is if the post contains lots of shorter bits of information, like IMM or a post featuring new out books so I can skip over the bits and I'm not interested in and just read the bits I am.

    I tend to write shorter reviews for this reason.

  4. I prefer to read shorter reviews, but I know when I am passionate about a book, whether I strongly like it or dislike it, it's hard to write a short review. When I am reading other peoples reviews, if it is really long, I skim.
    Truly Bookish

  5. A longer review is fine as long as it is also clearly divided into paragraphs and/or parts and easy to navigate. A shorter review is fine as long as it isn't too shallow.

  6. I hear you all :)

    Will keep my posts short, and my reviews fairly short, unless I have to do NetGalley reviews - these I intend to keep at a good length, so I get more NetGalley books in the future :)

  7. I'm glad you brought this issue up because I've wondered about my own post lengths. Like previous commentors mentioned, I think it depends on the quality of the book. If you have lots to discuss, go nuts! If not, keep it short. Posts other than reviews, such as memes, probably don't need to be long at all as people like to hop around.

  8. Great discussion! I tend to prefer longer reviews (probably because I write them myself!)but I suppost that depends on what your definition of short is. What I've done on my blog in my reviews is implement a verdict paragraph at the end summing up my thoughts so if people don't want to read the whole review, they can skip over some bits and read that to get the general idea of my thoughts. For me, it's all about getting a balance with some shorter posts e.g. memes and some longer ones.

    Stephanie @

  9. @Learner/Teacher - good point!

    @Stephanie - I like the idea of balance, it totally gives the reader a choice.


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