Leave Out the Parts that People Will Skip
Author Elmore Leonard once said the following about writing:
“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.”
Ouch - I read that quote and instantaneously am convicted by my verbosity. I suspect that many bloggers can relate.
One of the keys to blogging is not only working out what to publish - but what not to publish.
This is a skill that I think we need to learn on two fronts:
- Within Posts - some bloggers (myself at time) seem to write every thought that comes to mind on a topic as they think it. They end up with long rambling posts that probably could have been said in about 50% of the words.
- Across a Blog - on a bigger picture level I’ve been learning lately that posting less frequently and deleting second rate and half thought through posts can improve your blog significantly.
A question that I’ve been asking myself lately before hitting publish:
“Would I read this on another blog and be moved to comment, link to it or pass it onto a friend?”
If I don’t answer yes - I either rewrite the post or delete it.
This guest post was written by Darren Rowse from Problogger.
More great reading: 10 Essential Tips for Writing a Great Post.