June 12, 2011

Amen

No Long Screeds

On the other end of the spectrum from the lolcats speak is the guy who apparently has hours to spare writing pages of response as the 200th comment to some blog post. There are people who have long things to say, and they do it by writing columns or writing in their own blogs. But if you canít get your column published and no one reads your blog, maybe youíre thinking youíll get exposure by putting the long screed in the comments section of something people actually will read.

Donít.

Sane people know that the only people who have hours to spend writing pages of text in a comments section are crazy people. And thatís why no will read what they write except other crazy people with way too much time on their hands. So keep it short. Pick one point, and write no more than a couple of sentences. Keeping it short also helps you police your crazy. Iíve seen comments where Iíve read the first paragraph and thought maybe the person was just a little over-enthusiastic, and then I started the second paragraph and realized, ďOh, this is a super crazy person.Ē So keep it pithy, and avoid the crazy.

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