What are the strategies you apply for writing a longer post?

@nikky28 (1572)
India
March 21, 2009 6:04am CST
We all know that the length of the posts matter for earnings. I have to admit that I write responses that are more verbose and avoid abbreviations and instead write the full word of phrases to increase word count. Also the usage of greetings like, "Happy mylotting", "Have a nice day" , etc is used. Some of the discussions can only be responded with 1 line responses. In such cases what do you do? What are the techniques you employ for a lengthier post?
3 people like this
7 responses
• Philippines
23 Mar 09
Hi nikky! I don't know if you call this strategy because it has not even crossed my mind. I just respond on posts that really interest me like for instance husband and wife relationships, cooking tips, health topics like multiple sclerosis and others that i can relate to. I find it easier for me writing on such kinds of discussions because they concern me. They are part of my day to day living. Something i would not get tired of discussing. There were some lengthy responses i tried to post when i was just new here in myLot but i shortened them because i thought the reader might lose interest before he/she even gets to the second paragraph. I thought that if i can make it shorter without the flair it would be better. It is like viewing a film, some scenes can be edited or totally cut off without affecting the flow of the story. I thought all i need to do is to answer the specific question being asked here and do it in just a single sentence if i can. I trained myself to write or answer office memoranda as briefly as possible. I did not know that here in myLot lengthy posts matter. It was only a few days ago as i was reading a discussion about how we are being paid here that i came to understand it all. There was one who commented that some just try to add greetings like good morning, good evening, good day, goodnight, thank you, happy mylotting, etc, etc to make their posts longer and by doing so they also cheat on myLot! But i personally do not think it is cheating. I don't mind it at all if myLot takes off a few cents from that small pile i am slowly building up if it is because i always say "Hi nikky!" or "Goodnight my sweet friend nikky... God bless you" and this is not just because i want to be polite but because this is just the way i am. See, that first paragraph up there could have said it all. I could have ended right then and there but hey, i am writing a story here. MyLot is really fun, i salute the one who started this and i can give a Plaque of Appreciation to my sister in law for introducing to me this wonderful medium where i can express myself without anybody telling me "hey, shut up, keep your story to yourself!" Whoa... Nikky, i think it would be a great idea to follow you around and stick with you. You know why? Because you have a way of digging out information long lost in my dormant brain. This is the longest letter i have written to a friend in twenty years! You have just stirred that writer i have put to sleep decades ago!Okay, okay i'll stop now. Where is that next question of yours? lol!
1 person likes this
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
23 Mar 09
Hi Alex, There is absolutely nothing wron with say some or all the sweet things you mentioned. And Nikky, look how your post brought out the writer in Alex. Even when you think you are saying something insigificant, it may mean so much more to someone else. This place is full of ideas about anything you throw out there. Ask for help and we will be there in a heart beat. Hugsss leenie
• Philippines
24 Mar 09
Oh, thanks leenie! That's very encouraging. It's been ages since i actually wrote a letter. Anyway, i wish i could always write this long and have enough time to proofread it too. Thanks again!
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
21 Mar 09
I know Mylot doesn't like brief discussions so I don't respond to them with one line. I would rather just pass those discussions by and look for those that require more of a response. I don't care to use abbreviations either and reading a discussion full of them is annoying and is another reason for me to move onto another discussion. When I can I like to tell a story that further adds to the discussion.
@nikky28 (1572)
• India
21 Mar 09
That is really good tell a story that adds to a discussion. It makes mylot more fun and interesting.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
21 Mar 09
Telling stories is a great way to add content to any site, that is how I am able to manage my blogs. I would likely give up most of them if I had to come up with content without relying on my background to come up with all the stories I tell.
@nikky28 (1572)
• India
21 Mar 09
Absolutely, I totally agree with you on that one. Stories capture the attention of readers and there is a flow about it which encourages further reading.
@sirrob (4112)
• Philippines
21 Mar 09
First thing that you should have in mind is to make sure that you have something to contribute in that certain discussion so you can spit out more information and hit the bush around. Just enjoy what you are doing and just like talking to someone over the phone or having a conversation to long lost friend. Never responded in any discussions with only that short. I always tried to maximize my earning potential in a given discussion so I won't be wasting my time unless it's a long chat already.
@nikky28 (1572)
• India
21 Mar 09
Yeah that's how I feel when I am chatting on mylot, as if I am talking to a long lost friend or that I am over the phone. It is very enjoyable indeed
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
23 Mar 09
Hi nikky, First of all, I don't usually respond to a post that only needs a one line answer. In the rules they specifically ask for posts and responses with meaningful content. Answer posts that give you something to think about. If a friend does one of those one liners, and you want to be true to your friend, then try to make more of the question. Or let them know about the guidelines. Sometimes some of my friends go off on a rant with quick comments and sassy one liners, but they are having fun and know that it will do nothing for their earnings. The point is, if you need the money, respond or post something with meaningful content. I hope I helped a little. Good luck but most of all, make friends and enjoy Mylot. leenie
@Ritchelle (3795)
• Philippines
23 Mar 09
actually, most of the time, i use the happy mylotting phrase if i knew i came out strongly with what i wrote. it makes a lot of difference in proofreading before i send the post. sometimes, i cannot write anything but i want to send my feelings so i just send a happy face :). sometimes i cannot write anything to a reply that only a one sentence is all i can think of. sometimes i don't reply at all. i don't know what to say and i've probably posted the same reply somewhere.
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
23 Mar 09
Hi Nikky! I don't really have a formula in writing longer posts. I just write as many as i can about a certain idea. Like myLot suggested, i do write as detailed as i can. Of course, i should first like the topic so i can say more about it. That's a great idea Nick, maybe i should start with a greeting! Hehe..
@Porcospino (30070)
• Denmark
22 Mar 09
I usually manage to write 5 or 6 lines or more about each topic. If the question is: "Do like x?" I ask myself things like: Why do I like/dislike x? Are there anything similar to x that I like better than x. Why? Have I always liked x? What did I like before x? What experiences did I have with x? What have I heard about x? Read about x? Advantages and disadvantages about x? etc X is the keyword that I am going to write about, but if I am not able to write more than a few words about the question ("Do you like x?") I just make up some more questions myself, so that I can write some more, I guess that is my technique or strategy if you can call it that.