Writing Less is More, More or Less
Are you long in the tooth or a stiffy when it comes to writing?
So like the good contrarian I am I thought it would be interesting to ‘bounce‘ off his post with another way of looking at it.By nature I’m a thinker and not a talker, and that translates into my writing style as well. Or like a friend once said, I have a succinct way of expressing myself.Having once worked in law this was considered an advantage, but when I became a blogger I soon discovered that my posts were sounding too rigid and formal.A real turn-off if you know what I mean, so I had to learn how to write all over again and flesh-out my posts to sound more interesting and conversational (or at least I hope so).For Example:
I have a good friend who is a chatterbox and the complete opposite of me. Just recently I had to tell him (as nicely as I could) how annoying it was to hear his constant droning.
He’s a regular Cliff Clavin chock full of boring details and info that I could not care less about. Neither would he give me an opportunity to jump in the conversation, and so every once in a while I would have to interrupt and remind him to catch his breath. (Notice the slight sarcasm ;-).
To make a long story short I explained how frustrating it was trying to have a conversation with him (or in his case it was more of a monologue) and I would eventually tune him out.
Tune In, Turn On:
I think this goes for blogging as well and is something that we should all keep in mind when we write. Don’t drive your readers away with drivel that nobody wants to hear.
There’s an old television expression “tune in, turn off”. As bloggers we should be striving for… “tune in, and turn on”.
One way that we can turn on our readers is by giving them an opportunity to contribute to the conversation. So don’t come off as an authoritarian know-it-all and be sure to leave open-ended statements that your readers will want to join in.
Write to Entertain, Not Drain:
One last thought. A favourite quote that I keep coming back to is “write to entertain, not drain“. What I mean by that is don’t bore your readers, and getting rid of the useless banter is a good place to start.
We all have our own styles of writing and finding a balance is not easy, but it is worth the effort and will reap great rewards in subscribers over the long run.
So hopefully I haven’t yet bored you, and since this post is getting a little long in the tooth it’s time that I turned the conversation over to you.
- When you write do you Entertain or Drain?
- Are you a little Chatterbox or are you a Stiffy?
I want to know ’cause I’m nosy.
More great reading: 10 Blog Tips for Writing a Great Post