At This Point In Time

Well, it’s been almost one month, a big four weeks more or less, since I’ve posted anything.

Yes, we were on vacation for the first two of those weeks and unfortunately, I’ve been back at work for the last two weeks.

To be honest here, the thought of creating any type of content(of any description) literally would ramp up my already throbbing anxiety new and really exciting levels of distress.

So, no new posts in a month or so.

And the reality is, I’m not sure of there will be anything of creative writing substance coming from yours truly in the near future.

I really do feel burned out in the blogging realm.

Not so much in the writing world of things, but exceedingly scorched as it relates to the blogging universe.

As I look back, I’ve created over 900 blog posts(and yes, some of them are updates and re-posts), but nevertheless those 900 have in many respects drained the tank.

I will admit that this feeling of burnout isn’t entirely due to simply blogging and writing. Much of it I suspect falls of of where I’m at in my life at this moment.

Which in many ways feels like burnout…….which it probably is.

So, what happens next?

I don’t have an answer for that, other than to say we’ll see what happens as time marches on.

I have decided at this point to point “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” on an extended “leave of absence” so to speak.

I really do appreciate and have a heart full of thanks to the many, many of you who participated perhaps just once or often on a weekly basis or somewhere in between in making “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” a wonderful exercise in creativity(on your part) for over a year.

I don’t think I’m at the point yet of completely abandoning my blog and blogging altogether.

I am really proud of what I’ve accomplished in the wonderful and often frustrating world of writing and especially in terms of “justabitfurther” as an entity within the blogosphere.

Writing, blogging and creating poetry has forced me to look very deep within myself and often having to come to grips with what is/was hidden within the crevices of my soul.

This isn’t goodbye post or anything close to that(at least I don’t think it is).

What I think it ultimately is or will be……is simply part of the evolution of “justabitfurther” as a blog “organism.”

Life moves on and changes are part of that process we call living. This is part of it.

So, not goodbye….but how about I’ll catch up and talk to you all later.

— as always with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Feeling Poopy Update

Not sure if this fits into the Too Much Information realm or not, but things are currently on the upswing health wise. Well, at least at 8:15am on Tuesday morning they are.

We had a week of holidays, including a trip a wildlife sanctuary, a hiking trip to Algonquin Park and a bakery tour through Bruce and Grey Counties. After being able to accomplish that, I’d say things from my end are much better.

Still plan on taking things easy for the next few days, but so far …..so good.

I’ll reblog posts that have been submitted in for the last two or three “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompts“. I have them noted in my comments section, so I hope it will be easy to scroll back and find them.

With any luck, I’ll have them all reblogged by Wednesday.

I do apologize, but what can you do when you’re under the weather for a spell.

For those wondering what the picture is, this is what happens to your hiking pants when you’re just slightly inside the splash-zone when a moose(cow) has an exceedingly large and wet poop.

Thanks again for everyone who send in best wishes.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award – Number Two

A pleasant surprise to find this nomination/award from Belle of Welcome to Belles Days in my comments section a few days ago.

So, thanks to Belle for the kind thoughts and including me. This is going to be great fun.

A Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award.

awardVincent has a blog on WordPress, which deals with helping and encouraging people with personal and business growth.

And obviously, he has created the “Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award”  – “i’m proud of the great work you are doing on your blog.”

As with any of these awards, there are a few rules to follow and Vincent’s is not much different.

Rules:

Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.

• Make a post of the award (with a photo).

• Post the rules.

• Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.

• Nominate 10-30 other bloggers.

Here’s a bunch of questions that Belle wants me to tackle.

Did you like writing as a child or has it come later on for you?

Much, much later as matter of fact. I didn’t start blogging until 2016. Which was in my late fifties. But, never too late – right?

If you could choose anywhere in the world to live, where would it be and why?

Right now we would choose to live in the province of Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada in order to be closer to our daughter. However, the premiers of the eastern four maritime provinces have gone crazy on a power trip and closed their borders to only those living in those four provinces for the most part.

Do you prefer to be with people or are you happy in your own company?

A bit of both at times.

Right know within the context of our own extended family, there is much mistrust and varying levels of anger in terms of following and maintaining COVID_19 rules as laid out by the province. The relatives pick and choose the rules to follow if and when it justifies their own desires in terms of parties and large gatherings. Just writing it makes me sad and angry at the same time.

So, Lynn and I are for the most part on our own.

What would be your ideal writing space?

Good question – not sure.

Right now it is our living room. The thought of a cabin in the woods or a balcony overlooking a harbour sound pretty good to me though.

What characteristics do you admire in other people and why?

Honesty, understanding and empathy.

What’s your preferred loungewear?

Track or sweatpants and a sweater.

What’s your comfort food? Drink?

Not sure I have a particular comfort food and/or drink. Every so often, I do like a craft beer brewed from a small craft brewery that we might come across on our journey’s.

Do you like to curl up on the sofa with a good book or are you itching to get outside?

Both. It depends on the mood in I’m in.

I prefer outside, but a good book to savour on a cold and rainy day has appeal as well.

And if you’re reading this right now – consider yourself nominated and answer the same questions that Belle asked me.

via Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award – Belles Days

—  get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself  —

Canada Day 2020

Well, Canada Day, the 2020 version has arrived.

Unfortunately, the Canada Day 2020 rendition is likely one not to be soon forgotten.

Without stating the obvious, the massive elephant in the “Canada Day celebration room” so to speak is the whole COVID_19 thing.

All of what might be considered normal Canada Day outdoor and indoor celebrations such as concerts, picnics, firework displays and such are either cancelled or reformatted for the most part.

Much of it has gone to some sort of virtual format. Even virtual fireworks.

What??

Have to see how that works.

But, all is not lost. I have read in the news over the past few days of some outdoor events occuring in places across Canada, where social distancing measures can be implemented. That sounds excellent!

But, the overall resounding good news is this.

Regardless of whether we have to party and celebrate in our own backyards as compared to a huge “blow-out” along a waterfront, it doesn’t change who we are and that we’re still Canadian(s). And being Canadian, we have much to celebrate and be thankful for because of it.

So, let’s stop our whining and pull up our “big boy underwear” and not dwell on things that we have no real control over.

Just because there might not be a party and day long concert on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, doesn’t mean that “the party is pooped.”

Of course not – being Canadian we’ll just come up with a boatload of weird and wacky alternatives.

Now, for those of you who unfortunately ARE NOT CANADIAN doesn’t mean we’ll leave you out.

No way.

We’re a pretty inclusive bunch here. Just don’t “dis” hockey, Tim Hortons, poutine or universal free health care and all will be good. Oh, and beer as well.

The first Canada Day was celebrated on July 1, 1867, when Canada officially became….well, Canada.

Back then it was called “Dominion Day”(how very British of us) and continued to be called that until 1982 when the name was changed to “Canada Day.”

Exceedingly Unique Things About Canada

  • Canada consumes more mac and cheese than any other country in the world. In fact, if you say “having KD for dinner”, most Canadians and all university students would know what you’re having
  • Around 90% of Canada is uninhabited…..
  • Largely because, up to 30% of Canada is covered in trees and thick forest
  • Over the years, Canada has been invaded twice by Americans – in 1775 and again in 1812 – they lost both times. Interestingly, after spanking the American’s in the War of 1812, we marched down and burned the White House. We told them that if you attacked the city of York(now Toronto), we would be pissed. They never listen.
  • Our national symbol is the beaver – really??
  • Although the beaver is our national symbol, you can order what is known as a “beavertail.” A “deep-fried flattened dough thing,” usually smothered in chocolate sauce, icing sugar or both. You can usually feel your arteries hardening as you consume one
  • When it gets close to Christmas, you can write a letter in any language and send it to the North Pole, H0H 0H0 Canada and you will receive a letter back from Santa – yup it’s true!!
  • Speaking of Santa, Santa was declared a Canadian citizen back in 2012 by then Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. Hence, that’s why Santa wears a red and white suit
  • Churchill, Manitoba is the polar bear capital of the world. Residents who live there leave their cars and homes unlocked in case they or a visitor need a quick escape from a wandering polar bear
  • Canadians love to talk about the weather more than anyone else in the world. A study showed that in comparison to the averages of 160 countries, Canadian media ran 229% more weather stories than anywhere else. Well, at least it’s a cheap hobby
  • Toronto is the most multicultural and diverse city in the world. It boasts 200 ethnic groups with over 140 languages spoken. And also features dozens of international neighborhoods to check out and explore. Pretty cool – right?
  • Our money can be confusing
    • First, of all the “bills” are colourful, to say the least.
    • Our $1 coin is known as a “loonie.” Don’t ask to borrow a dollar coin. No one here will have any idea what you’re talking about.
    • Our $2 coin is referred to as a “toonie.” Which is simply a “loonie” multiplied by two.
  • Hockey is our NATIONAL SPORT. We often shut the country down if there is an important game being played.
  • We have universal free health care – so there! (We can thank actor Keifer Sutherland’s grandfather(Tommy Douglas) who was the architect for universal free healthcare in Canada – yes — Keifer Sutherland is Canadian)
  • Big on maple syrup – approximately 71% of the world’s maple syrup comes from Canada, and of that 91% comes from Quebec alone
  • “Eh” is recognized as a word in the Oxford English Dictionary. Canadian’s like to finish most sentences with the word “eh”
  • 35 to 50 percent of music broadcast in Canada, must be Canadian.
  • A 2-4 (two-four) is a case of beer that has 24 cans or bottles. If you just say, “heading out to pick-up a 2-4 for the game tonight”, we know what it means. We don’t need any further detail.
  • Although we measure distances in kilometres(we went metric back in the 1970s), we never would say 85 kilometres. What we will say is, “It’s 85 klicks to the “Big Smoke”(Toronto).”
  • Having said the point above, we always refer to weight in pounds. We would never say, “Went to the Doctor, I weigh 68 kilograms.” What we would say is, “Went to the Doctor, I weigh 150 pounds.”
  • What could be considered Canada’s national dish, might vary from one part of the country to another, but Poutine, originally from the Province of Quebec is certainly near the top of the list. A mixture of French Fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. Again, another artery hardener.
  • the list goes on and on…….

Yup, this year Canada Day will be a bit different for sure

But, notwithstanding that, we are still all of those things noted above and so much more.

Although we have our problems and issues just like any other place, we tend to be a pretty diverse, inclusive and decent bunch of folks.

COVID_19 certainly rocked and continues to shake Canada much like other spots around the world.

On a sad note, there will be many today in this fine country, who have lost a loved one(s) to this terrible catastrophe. As well, many may have a loved one(s) who are still hospitalized with the virus or who are at home and suffering the after effects of it.

In addition, there will be many(including Lynn and I) who simply cannot get together with loved ones today because of travel restrictions or other issues that stem out of the COVID_19 crisis.

We need to remember, think and pray for each and all of those(and regardless of where you live) that COVID_19 has slammed into.

But, Canadians are a resilient bunch. We’ll make it through and be stronger because of it.

So, Happy Canada Day to all.

Even if you live on the other side of the world and aren’t Canadian, feel free to don some “red and white” and consider yourself “honorary Canadians” for the day. Now that your “one of us,” get your ass out there and celebrate.

Virtual fireworks?????

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Posts About The Pandemic

It would be pretty difficult to open your “WordPress Reader” these days and start scrolling through and not find a post dealing with some aspect of the ongoing COVID_19 pandemic.

It is without a doubt, that the entire world has been touched to one degree or another by this crisis.

For the most part as bloggers, unless you are writing on a particular subject from purely a technical perspective, many if not most of us write based on our own day to day personal experiences to a great extent.

So, again it would be a challenge to after spending just a few short minutes scrolling through your own WordPress Reader feed and not find at least one post that deals with the ongoing pandemic crisis.

Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) looks at blogging within the context of the COVID_19 pandemic in Blogging Insights #31 – Blog Posts About The Pandemic

She provides this insight or background preamble to this installment:

Posts about the pandemic feature prominently on many (if not most) blogs these days. Blogs by definition are chronicles of the lives and views of their authors and the world around them. It is no wonder that the pandemic features prominently in many (if not most) posts today. Articles and posts about corona virus/COVID-19 could be seen dotted about the internet since the beginning of this year. These were mostly articles about health, epidemiology and the environment. In the beginning , Covid-19 had not spread across continents. It reached the status of pandemic a couple of months ago and turned our lives topsy turvy. The lockdowns and social distancing that followed are things that we have never experienced before.The pandemic has changed the world as we knew it . It has deeply touched the lives of all , even those who have not been infected.

In today’s Blogging Insights we discuss how it has affected our blogs and blogging

There are four challenging questions Dr. Tanya asks regarding how we blog(or don’t blog) about various aspects of the COVID_19 pandemic:

1. How frequently do you post about the pandemic? Please share links to a couple of your “pandemic posts” that you particularly like. If you have not written anything about Coronavirus/COVID-19 (seems unbelievablewhat are your reasons for this?

2. What kind of “posts about the pandemic” do you like to read? (If you don’t, then pleasetell us why?)

3. How have you and your blog adapted to “the new normal” ?

4. Have you seen any change in your blog stats during the pandemic? Also, are you posting more or less than you used to?

Here’s where “justbitfurther” has gone in terms of writing and blogging about the COVID_19 pandemic.

Questions and responses:

How frequently do you post about the pandemic? Please share links to a couple of your “pandemic posts” that you particularly like. If you have not written anything about Coronavirus/COVID-19 (seems unbelievablewhat are your reasons for this?

At the beginning for myself(at least here in Ontario and Canada), the COVID_19 crisis came to the forefront in late February and early March. The media had certainly been covering and reporting on it with great gusto for some time before that, but it seemed to hit home for many in during February and into March.

My first post on the COVID_19 crisis was on March 11, 2020 – It’s Okay to Unplug. As time went along, my writing and posting has varied between anger and disbelief in the world and hence the people in it; to pure frustration at times; and as well to adding humour to get a point across.

Since March 11, I may have posted perhaps 10 or 12 pieces dealing with some aspect of the crisis. Some of them were short, while others where longer which allowed me to vent and spill into words the emotions I was feeling at the particular time.

A few posts:

Six Simple Feet Folks – It Ain’t Rocket Science

Peace Over Panic

There Are No Words

What kind of “posts about the pandemic” do you like to read? (If you don’t, then please tell us why?)

I don’t.

At this stage, I’m pretty much burned out in terms of reading about the crisis; dealing with the crisis and anything remotely about the crisis as it has eveloved over time in this country.

Regions of Canada are now pitted with great anger and hatred against other regions of the country.

The maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland have for the most part walled themselves off from the rest of the country. Unless you are God or the next coming of Christ, you cannot get into these provinces from other areas of the country, including from one maritime province to another. If you happen live in these province, but have a car with “out of province licence plates” many have been threatened, harassed, bullied and shamed on social media. These provinces are willing to ignore our “Charter of Rights and Freedoms” and the embedded right of travel across provincial borders. So, hence the standoff.

How have you and your blog adapted to “the new normal”?

For us, things haven’t really changed at all, other then in terms of blogging on a variety of aspects in regards to the pandemic. My work schedule is currently on a sort of “emergency crew board periods.”

What would have been a 14 week “crew period or schedule” is now during the pandemic changed to a four week “crew period.” So instead of selecting a crew schedule every 14 weeks, we’re now doing it evey four weeks due to the fluid changes occuring within our industry.

When we’re out and about getting groceries and such, we’re like everyone else – social distancing; wearing a mask and less frequent trips to stores.

Have you seen any change in your blog stats during the pandemic? Also, are you posting more or less than you used to?

Funny question to ask.

I think I may be posting slightly more than pre-COVID_19.

A new part of “justabitfurther” is a section called “Short and Sweet” which I introduced a couple of months ago. You’ll need to “click” and read it to find out “why?”

In terms of stats on a general basis, they have been about the same month to month during the pandemic.

The only exception was last month(end of May), were my stats went through the roof(at least for me). An online media company “Narcity” published an article on Ontario’s Nottawasaga Lookout. In the piece, they included links to several other blogs that had done bits on this location, including my own. Mine is the first link in the Narcity article.

One day alone, I had close to 600 visitors to my blog and that specific blog post. For the five day period from May 27 to May 31, we had +/-1300 visitors and +/-1150 views of that particular post.

In summary, for many of us who find ourselves in and poke away at the keyboard in this “weird world of blogging”, the COVID_19 pandemic will have influenced our writing to some degree or another. How could it not?

The world may be forever changed because of the pandemic. What the future unfolds might truly be the greatest unknown in front of us.

Our blogs evolve, change and adapt to situations that confront us as we “evolve, change and adapt” to those situations as well.

Once again, a big shoutout and thanks to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for her neverending work on this “Blogging Insights Series” and specifically looking at how our blog post contents have reflected the ongoing COVID_19 crisis.

 

—  get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself  —

Has Your Blog Evolved?

In a bizarre type of way, a blog can be thought of as a living and breathing entity.

Now, we all realize and understand or at least we should that a blog is simply a bunch of computer bytes and stuff(that is a far as my computer and programming knowledge goes) and not a living creature like a chipmunk running around on your back deck searching desperately for peanuts or other snacks.

blogging-insightsNevertheless, most bloggers would agree that their own blogs are a “living thing” containing a “heart and soul.” And as with all living things, they can and do grow and change as time marches along.

Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) in the next Blogging Insights Installment(#30) asks, has your blog evolved or changed?

As always, Dr. Tanya gives a bit of insight into the topic.

Your blog is never static. It is a living and breathing organism that continues to grow as you grow as a blogger. Sometimes this growth takes unexpected directions and you end up with something very different from what you had envisioned.

Credit for today’s question goes to Di of Pensitivity

QUESTION

Has your blog turned out more or less as you expected or totally different?

I would say most emphatically yes, it has turned out for the most part totally different from when I started back in 2016.

bloggrowthThe genesis for starting the blog, was to record and highlight the many outdoor adventures that Lynn and I had undertaken or would do in the future. As such, my thought and expectations were the blog would be a vehicle to help encourage others to get out, enjoy and experience the great outdoors.

Since that point, things have changed or evolved greatly, but all in a good way. Much like in the same way I’ve changed, been challenged and evolved over the same time period.

The addition of the “Thoughts From The Wilderness”; “Short and Sweet” and “Thoughts From The Wilderness – Poetry” are all wonderful elements that have tackled and delved into a wide range of topics and issues.

Our blogs certainly have the potential to change and evolve as we the writers change and evolve over time. And honestly, that is not a bad thing. In fact, it may be the ingredient that keeps our blogs a true reflection of us as people.

Much of our growth as a person comes from challenges along with new and exciting experiences that we face throughout our lives. Often that growth and evolution as a person can get channelled from our depths of our soul; through our fingers and into our blogs.

How can that be a bad thing?

Once again, a big shoutout and thanks to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for her neverending work on this “Blogging Insights Series” and specifically looking at how our blogs have changed, evolved(or not) from the first time we hit “publish”.

 

—  get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself  —

Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

A pleasant surprise to find this nomination/award from Dr, Tanya(Salted Caramel) in my comments section a few days ago.

So, thanks to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for the kind thoughts and including me. This is going to be great fun.

A Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award.

awardI had to do a bit of digging to find out who “Vincent Ehindero” is and what the blogging award is all about.

Vincent has a blog on WordPress, which deals with helping and encouraging people with personal and business growth.

And obviously, he has created the “Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award”  – “i’m proud of the great work you are doing on your blog.”

As with any of these awards, there are a few rules to follow and Vincent’s is not much different.

Rules:

Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.

• Make a post of the award (with a photo).

• Post the rules.

• Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.

• Nominate 10-30 other bloggers.

• Follow Vincent Ehindero at vincentehindero.wordpress.com (to qualify for free blog promotion and shoutout) and more blogging opportunities.

Here’s a bunch of questions that Dr. Tanya wants me to tackle.

  • What’s the last movie that you watched?

Don’t remember. I’m not a big movie watcher. Find it hard to keep focussed watching a movie for a couple of hours.

  • What is your favourite thing to do on a rainy day?

Read a book or put our rain gear on and go for a hike. Fewer people on the trails when the weather is miserable.

  • What are you doing to beat the lockdown blues?

What lockdown? lol

Being a frontline worker, I’ve actually been working more for the past two and a half months than ever before.

  • How long can you go without using your phone?

Usually, only the seven hours when I’m in bed.

  • What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty, understanding and empathy.

  • Do you have a favourite fictional character? What makes her/him your favourite?

Sherlock Holmes would be my most favourite fictional character. I like the Victorian/early 1900’s novel genre. The setting of a foggy London backstreet; the clip-clop sound of horse’s hooves on the cobble-stoned road as a new client arrives at 221b Baker Street. Even the television series of “Sherlock” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman I found very exciting and a great twist on the original stories.

  • Winter or Summer?

Summer if I need to pick. The fall season here in Canada where I live can and most often is spectacular.

  • What is love, in your point of view?

Unconditional and sacrifice.

What is your favourite movie or TV show?

LOST was by far my favourite TV show. The suspense, plot twists and spiritual/metaphysical aspects kept both Lynn and I engaged for all six seasons. We both loved the show. Have all six seasons on DVD.

  • If you could time travel, where (when?) would you go?

Knowing what we know now, I would go back to just pre COVID_19; get in the car and drive or fly to visit our daughter on the east coast of Canada.

image000000_02Lynn and I would rather have been locked down in Halifax and be able to at least see her at a distance of six feet(now we could have a two-family bubble there and hug her), as compared to being stuck in Ontario with no foreseeable chance to visit with her in 2020.

Unfortunately, those of us living in Ontario are viewed as “plague carriers” by many living in other provinces across the country. Hence inter-provincial border closures. Funny thing is, where I live in a town of almost 18,000 people, there have only been five or six cases(all travel-related and all self-quarantined at home); no hospitalizations and no deaths. So, go figure.

A big thanks again to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for the nomination.

And if you’re reading this right now – consider yourself nomination and answer the same questions that Dr. Tanya asked me.

It’s always nice to get to know a little bit more about each one of you.

via My First Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award – Salted Caramel

 

—  get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself  —

500 Followers – A Grateful Milestone

A pleasant sight popped up a morning or two ago in my comment section.

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I found it hard to fathom that 500 people have for whatever reason, signed up for the ride.

We often or perhaps always refer to those in the blogging universe as “bloggers” and rightly so. But, first and foremost they’re people.  A person just like you and me, who have decided that writing and often exposing one’s soul is the thing the fuels their creative being.

So, thank you for coming along on the journey to this point. It has been a mixture of highs and lows, with much of it just being as it usually is – somewhere in the middle.

These are trying times the world is facing, and many of us are struggling I’m sure on simply a daily basis to hang on in order to wake up and do it all over again.

So, let’s meet today for a bit to encourage each other so we can meet up tomorrow in order to do it all over again.

Thanks!

 

— in order to be together; we need to be apart  —

 

500 Posts – A Big Thanks

Wow – this showed up earlier yesterday on my comment feed.

I would never have expected to get to 100 posts, let alone 500.

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A big thanks going out to each one of you(and you know who you are) who since 2016 have commented, liked and encouraged me to keep writing and challenging me to grow in ways I never thought possible.

Again, thanks to you all!

Onward to the next 500!!

 

—  get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself  —

Long-Form versus Short-Form Content – The Long and Short Of It

Within the blogging establishment, one issue that seems to be forefront at the moment is the debate over long-form versus short-form content when posting. Both have their place in the blogging world and function exceedingly well in specific situations in providing information, insight and enjoyment to readers.

insightsCoupled alongside that, are those like myself that prefer one style over the other when it comes to both writing and reading.

The next installment(Number 17) in Dr. Tanya’s Blogging Insights Series is Blogging Insights #20 – Long Form versus Short Form Content.

Dr. Tanya gave us this preamble to her post.

The blogosphere remains in constant flux, changing shape and form according to the needs and desires of readers and writers. Hence, any rules or norms that govern it are pretty flexible too.

This is true of the length of posts or content. Post length is arbitrarily divided into short-form and long-form content.

Short-form posts are approximately 300 to 400 words, can be read in about two minutes and do not usually require a lot of critical thinking to assimilate.

Long-form content is, loosely defined, a piece of writing more than 1000 words, some say not less than 2000 but again the criteria are arbitrary. It is a popular notion that search engines prefer longer posts.

She gave us four questions to consider:

1. Do you prefer writing long-form or short-form content?

2. How long, in your opinion, is the ideal blog post?

3. What do you prefer reading, shorter or longer posts?

4. What are the topics on which you would like to read longer posts (say, more than 1000 words)?

Here’s my take on this:

Do you prefer writing long-form or short-form content?

Generally, I prefer to write short-form content.

content3With my lifestyle and work schedule, the majority of my “blogging time” occurs only on my days off and then only until about 9 or 10 in the morning. In order to post on those days and to perhaps get a post or two “in the bank” to schedule at a later date during the week, my writing tends to be more short-form in length. Anywhere from 750 to 1000 words in length.

I have written posts in the past that are much longer. But having said all of that, more often than not, my posts end up being whatever length they are in order to say what I need to say.

How long, in your opinion, is the ideal blog post?

From a technical perspective, I don’t have the expertise to answer that question in terms of SEO and search engine ranking issues.

content2Ideally, the post should be long or short enough to convey to the reader what the writer has to say.

Personally, I like to read articles that are short and concise. I don’t have the attention span to sit and read for much more than 5 to 10 minutes at a time. After that, I tend just to simply scan the pages to get the “essence” of what the author is saying.

What do you prefer reading, shorter or longer posts?

I think I answered this in Question 2 – shorter posts for sure.

What are the topics on which you would like to read longer posts (say, more than 1000 words)?

This is a difficult question to answer.

content1When reading blog posts, I like to “get in; read them; get out; move on to the next one.” Again it comes back to my preference for short-form content. I do tend to gravitate towards personal development and mental-wellness topics to read, so if they were well written as long-form content, I might slug it out for the duration of the post.

I do have trouble reading for any excessive length of time on the computer regardless of the topic. I’m more of a “tactile reader” in that I enjoy and find comfort in the feel of a book in my hands.

Conclusion

I know that there is much research and information available as to the benefits of long-form versus short-form content when it comes to blogging. At this stage for myself and I’m sure for other writers as well, long-form versus short-form isn’t much of an issue or concern.

There are many of us who write and find the words to say which are birthed from a well that is deep down inside our souls. A place where long-form and short-form content doesn’t reside. We simply write until we’re satisfied we’ve got it all out there for that post.

As always, a huge thanks to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for her neverending work on this “Blogging Insights Series” and looking at “long-form versus short-form content” within the blogging universe.

 

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