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What is a Good Length for Amateur Blog Posts?

After blogging for four years, I have read articles and statistics from many sources. Experts expect between 1,000 and 1,500 words to do justice to the topic if you post a professional content piece. But what if you do not write professional content?

Amateur or vanity blog posts are different. I have had comments telling me that my posts were too long, so I tried to keep them between 300-500 words after that.

How long should my post be?

How long should my post be?

Other vanity posts respond to photo challenges. They tend to be very short – even wordless. I like to read a story when I look at photo challenges. I think the words enhance the pictures – maybe not 1,000 – 1,500 words, but an explanation at least. So what do you think?

What do you think about amateur post length?

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  1. I agree with most here – it depends on the content. If I’m in a hurry and I see and interesting and long post I’ll save it to read when I have time. I know some bloggers who write very long posts and when I get to the end I still don’t know what they were trying to say (these are the hard ones) and in that sense I don’t know how to comment or which part of the post to comment on. I think the most important thing is to keep the post consistent with one subject in mind. If you have another completely different subject, save it for the next post 😉

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    • Good point! Many posts I read have more than one topic. I have done that myself. Bad Marsha!!! Even if they have the same topic, though, there might be several different things that impress a reader enough to comment.

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  2. My thinking on this topic is similar to everyone else’s. It does depend on the topic and if it’s an entertaining story it’s not an effort to read it. I find it daunting to be faced with a long-winded text that goes on and on, but I also dislike posts with heaps of photos showing the same scene from ten different angles. When I write a travel post it’s usually around 500 words, because that’s the most common for travel articles in magazines. Sometimes I let the photos tell the story and write fewer words.

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    • Yes, I agree with you on all points. I love photos, but not tons of them with no explanations. I think I have cut back on photos somewhat, and definitely words – in fun posts! 🙂

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  3. I think photography blogs receive lots of traffic, likes, followers precisely because the “reader” doesn’t need to read any content, just respond to an image. For text, I think the length of posts depend on your target readers and your subject matter. I do think that longer posts need to be broken up by visuals. Not many people are willing to read a wall of text.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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