For today’s post, I wanted to talk about something that I find myself struggling with over and over again – especially when I’m writing a new post and can’t seem to find ‘enough’ words to write something that is worth posting (in my opinion): the perfect length for a blog post.
Usually, I have no problem writing posts that are on the longer side of things – I think my current average word count is around 1,000 words per post which used to feel like quite a lot but has quickly become the new normal for me. I am a talker and rambler in real life so it should come as no surprise that I tend to do both on the blog too.
But sometimes I’m having more trouble writing those posts because I run out of things I want to say which automatically leads me to wanting to just say something else to get closer to that average word count of a thousand words. But is that really what we should be doing? Shouldn’t we strive towards getting our points across in as many (or little) words as we need rather than trying to hit that goal?
I feel like discussions should be on the longer side of things because there’s more ground for us to cover and more points to make, right? But what happens if you don’t have that many points you can cover? And so you end up finding yourself way under your average word count and you feel like your post is missing Something. Not that you’ll actually be able to figure out what that Something is, but you just have that nagging feeling.
That’s pretty much how I am feeling right now, as I am trying to write a blog post and keep staring at that word count and try to find more things to say to get closer to those 1,000 words I usually write. But I can’t think of anything else to add (well, technically, I’m still going to add some resources for the post, but that’s not going to add too much to my word count) so what am I doing instead? I’m writing this post.
I’ve shared my blogging struggles with you guys before and I always find that you have fantastic advice to give and have had similar experiences in the past, so I figured by sharing my difficulties someone else might realise that they aren’t alone in their struggle with this and maybe you guys have some tips for me and everyone else who feels the same way!
There are types of posts that I usually have no problem writing and I’ll usually find myself trying to cut down because I don’t want things to get out of control and for you to see the post and think ‘Yeah, no. I’m not reading all of that.’ and leave. Because while I do write for myself, I obviously want you to read my posts too. And I try my best to be helpful in some shape or form. Not every post is going to be fit that criteria but that’s okay. And this one might not be all that helpful either – at least as far as what I have to offer but hopefully, the comment section is going to be a good resource for all of us!
Something I’m asking you guys is, is there such a thing as the perfect length for a blog post? Or do you prefer varying lengths for various types of posts? I feel like lists and new releases often tend to be on the shorter side of things (unless it’s one of those months where there are fifty books dropping each Tuesday) while discussions and (for a lost of us) wrap-ups end up being on the longer side of things.
And how do you guys deal with feeling like your posts aren’t quite what you had in mind when you started out writing them? Do you just push them back a couple of days or do you go ahead and post them as planned? Let me know in the comments below!