I’ve never been brief. I think a lot, talk forever, and as it turns out, I write massive amounts.
I can write concisely. For example, if I have a boss, college professor, or magazine editor breathing down my neck about word counts; sure, I can be nice and succinct.
However, give me a blog, with no word count limit, and I swear, I just go to town. Talk, talk, talk. On and on. Much like I’m doing right now. Of course, longer posts have their place, but not all the time, and not if the topic can and should be shortened.
If you think, talk, and write long, your best bet is as follows: Fake it. Fake that you’re short winded. Right now, by telling you that I have to fake it, I’m not faking it, because frankly, this could go un-said. I’m assuming you’re assuming that I do fake it, or I wouldn’t have suggested you do so.
The above – TOO long winded.
To fake it, try mind mapping. I’m not all fancy with paper mind mapping, but I will talk topics out in my head.
Here’s an example: My idea for a topic is green weddings. Lord, that’s way too broad. Here’s how I work it out; I come up with a list of related topics, choose one, and then narrow that one down.
I go from green weddings to..
- Green wedding cakes to…
- Saving money on your green wedding cake to…
- Saving money on your green wedding cake toppers to…
- Make homemade eco-cake toppers to…
- Three great ideas for easy homemade eco-cake toppers!
Short, sweet, perfect for links, and it leaves all those other topics I can write about later untouched. I could have shortened it more, but I’m happy with this.
Do I always manage to fake it? Um no, please refer to the above post title. I am who I am. People either deal with my sometimes longer posts, or maybe they don’t read me. Whatever. Part of the beauty of blogging is that it takes all kinds. However, I do try, about 80% of the time to be shorter than I’d normally be left to my own not-analyzed devices. I can get more work done in less time when I blog short, my readers are happier, and mind mapping allows me to always have a great list of topics sitting on the back burner.
Now was this post short enough? There’s also a too short mind you. No one wants to read this post:
“Keep readers happy and increase blog traffic by mind mapping for short blog posts.”
Or maybe they do? I don’t, but what do you think?