do you read ENTIRE posts?
August 31, 2008 4:42am CST
i am worried because i often post discussions that tend to look like a novel chapter, and i think maybe i should somehow cut the normal length in half. it's not like i just type away at the keyboard and produce these lengthy discussions just for the sake of having a long post. i DO have something to say, and being a writer in profession, i have developed this habit (good or bad, i don't know how to call it). when people respond to my discussions with something irrelevant or showing the evidence that they just scanned my discussion and took in key words, i feel bad because as a writer, i feel that what i wrote was utterly boring, enough for the reader to jump through sentences and not take in the essence of the words. so here i am again posting another long one, so to cut it short, do you normally read the ENTIRE post? or do you just scan for keywords and hit the answer this discussion button? i just want to know. so that next time i post, i would know what to do and what's the limit of the human attention in reading :)
31 Aug 08
Honestly, I don't. I prefer short, to-the-point discussions. Its also the same with discussions that have a lot of responses. Anything with more than thirty is a turn-off for me because to understand it's scope, you have to read EVERYTHING, and I don't have that time. This discussion isn't long though.
31 Aug 08
For me, it depends whether the text on the thread starter is relevant to the point the discussion is making. If the point of the thread is about, say, swimming. And there's this whole BLOCK of text that details the poster's experience about skate-boarding that was only slightly related to the subject (like how the empty pool was used or something) and could have been edited out completely without changing the thought of the post, well. Yeah, I'll skip that. If it's related to the topic, though, I'll read the whole post completely. One other thing that ensures completely readage from me (yeah, okay, readage is not a word; let's pretend it is ^_-) is spelling. I understand that not everyone has the time to write their thoughts properly, but it is so much easier on the eyes when it is written out well. I don't even really care about grammar because people make mistakes all the time. But if you're starting a discussion and there's whole blocks of paragraphs in your first post, the little effort it takes to type out y-o-u instead of U is very much appreciated from me. :)
31 Aug 08
Yes I read the whole introduction post of the discussion and if there are already responses I read them too. I feel I cannot respond without having seen others opinions first and it also avoids repeating what has already been said. If you find yourself writing a lot but it is all relevant to your topic then I think, go ahead and write. Just like everything, you can please some and not others. I would certainly give more consideration to a discussion with even an excessively long introduction than to one with a one line opener - but that's just me Happy MyLotting!