Ideal Blog Post Length

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  1. I tried to exemplify an inordinately long blog post (over 7,000 words) here:

    I know at least two individuals have read the entire piece!

  2. Lawrence Cunningham says:

    Patrick: High-wattage produce. Same is true of your comments on this blog. You set the standard.

  3. Frank says:

    Just as America’s poetic pantheon has room for the epigrammatic Dickinson and the expansive Whitman, the blogosphere takes in all perspectives.

    And you can always!:

  4. A.J. Sutter says:

    Through the centuries,
    epigrams were an art form.
    But quite dull to read.

  5. John Burgess says:

    For my own blog, I follow a general rule of brevity, with a few paragraphs on the front page and a ” link to open up extended text. I do this so that readers don’t have to click into second pages just to see the day’s output.

    More to the issue of readability, though, is line-length. Across printing regimes, a 60-64 character line is seen as optimal. It is ‘optimal’ in that the eye can scan the line without losing its place. Longer lines take longer to read and take more effort to read. An example of too-long lines would be Concurring Opinions.

  6. Jake says:

    Line-length is an important aspect of readability. Even more important is a decent font. Ban Arial.

  7. kenneth sims says:

    cue the “this blog post is too long”

  8. BPO Work says:

    When law journals were as old as blogs are today, review articles were pithy and short. For example, the famous unsigned 1880 review of Langdell’s Contracts casebook (attributed to Holmes) ran 1,200 words in volume 14 of American Law Review, packed with punch and still valuable commentary on the case method of law teaching. At the other extreme, an 1898 review of Keener’s Contracts casebook, appearing in volume 8 of Yale Law Journal, ran a mere 53 words, leaving the reader bereft.