Blog Rule Number 1: Keep them short: 250 – 300 words.
My personal opinion is that it’s difficult to develop an interesting article, and make an educational, philosophical, spiritual or humorous point in so few words – but I’m a writer. I like to start with a theme, go what appears to be wildly off course, and then bring my reader back to where we started making a purposeful point.
Two phrases pop into my head when I tell stories – although the source is only one person and I should get over it. But maybe they apply in the blogging world.
A) Your stories are too long. B) You are too hard to follow. And from others: “Your humor is a bit dark” or the “I don’t get it” look.
Yet writing classes say “Don’t spell everything out. Trust your reader to be intelligent!”
As I write I find this to be a bit dull. So why write it? Because there may be a lesson in it for other business owners.
Ultimately the decision came down to the fact that what I say personally can affect me professionally.
Rule #2: Once something gets on the web it is difficult to impossible to pull it back.
Rule #3: Humor does not always translate well in the written form or across cultures (in the widest sense of the word).
So what I thought was hilarious at 3 am before going to bed was potentially not as funny to those reading it at 8 am at work. (Nah! It was really good and the five of you who got to read it are lucky.)
I’ll cut the missing blog into manageable sizes in future posts – with backdating - including the meat of the story, but leaving out the ‘random acts of thinking’. (329 words – not bad…for me)
by Heather J. Kirk