It is day 6 of my Ultimate Blog Challenge. I am supposed to write a post a day throughout July but somehow I managed to fall behind. I am not even sure whether I am one or two posts short. I wasn’t being lazy, it’s just that life took over, as it often does, and writing a blog got pushed down to the bottom of my ‘to do’ list.
What are my lame excuses? Secondary schools open days, where we ended up spending more time than expected; being a taxi driver for my son who suddenly presented me with a busy social schedule without having had discussed it with me first; trying to catch up with all the housework and piles of laundry… you know, the usual.
On top of all that, I literally lost a day this week because some strange virus got the better of me. I was fine on Friday, felt rotten on Saturday and I slept 18 hours (no, I wasn’t hangover, I hardly ever drink), and today I am perfectly fine again. The only problem is that I have no recollection of Saturday at all, so still can’t get used to the fact that it is Monday tomorrow! And I have a pile of ironing to do… (I can’t see how writing a blog post is going to help me with that.)
How do I catch up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge?
Very simple – write another post! Easier said than done. I know some people can write a post in 20-30 minutes and I wish I could do that, but I haven’t got there yet. I have to cheat, not in a horrible way, though. Time is short, so I am simply going to write a short post for a change. Is it good or bad?
What is the ideal length of a blog post?
Being me, I always need to check things out and do a bit of research, even if it’s only a quick 5 minutes. So, I googled ‘How long should a blog post be’ and quite a few results came up. I particularly like the suggestion provided by blog.hubspot (see http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-long-should-your-blog-posts-be-faq/):
‘As long as it needs to be.’
Another interesting article on the subject was written by John Rampton and published by Forbes – he suggests anything between 200 and 2,000+ words, depending on the purpose of the blog. The article is really worth reading in my opinion: http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnrampton/2014/04/04/how-long-should-my-blog-post-be
Given the advice from blog.hubspot and Forbes, I think I’m doing pretty well here – just under 500 words. I hope this should do for my ‘cheat of a post’ for day 6 of my Ultimate Blog Challenge!
By the way, I think I have discovered a solution for a ‘writer’s block’ – if you don’t know what to write about, you can make your ‘writer’s block’ a subject of your post… 🙂