All these words. September 11, 2009Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
Tags: blogging styles, blogs, Luddites, Poor Richard's Almanac
Ever since our friend Ben, Silence Dogood, and Richard Saunders launched our blog, Poor Richard’s Almanac, in February 2008, we’ve been expecting this condemnation. In fact, we thought no one would even bother to read our blog, since it was “all talk” and no photos, videos, Tweets, Flickr attachments, or anything else that could intrigue and attract views. Just a whole, whole lotta words.
But, to our astonishment, in the year and a half we’ve been posting, we’ve found that a surprising number of people were willing to read “all these words,” day after day, even without so much as a photo to inspire you. We’ve been amazed and grateful. You’ve been the reason we need and want to go on.
Finally, today, someone came on one of our blog posts and said, “All these words and long descriptions.” This was not a loving endorsement of our style. Clearly, reading same was not her idea of entertainment. Nor can we blame her. Here at Poor Richard’s Almanac, we’re self-proclaimed Luddites. We feel lucky to be able to post at all; any further technological achievements are far beyond us. But, as must be obvious to you as well as to our critic, we have plenty to say. And say. And say.
We can only sympathize with any reader who has no patience with this. We ourselves love visiting blogs where brevity is the soul of wit, where succinct captions complement exquisite photos. As the Icelandic sagas so aptly put it, “To each his own way of earning fame.”
So please, try not to hold our verbosity against us. Fortunately, this isn’t a classroom, so you can choose to read our posts or find blogs with a more congenial style. Trust us, we’re happy when anyone finds “all these words” worth reading, much less commenting on. Thank you.