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Tuesday, 09 January 2024


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As Blaise Pascal said (approximately, in translation), “ I have made this [letter] longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter.”
Shorter is fine if you have said what you wanted to say.

The length doesn't matter as long as the story is interesting. But it reminds me of college days and blue book tests. It seemed students got better grades if the blue book was filled up. I always had a hard time filling it up. I said what needed and that was that. (My own blog posts are short, too).

It is just possible that more people who read this blog are interested in photography than are interested in football, hence more comments on an interesting question in contemporary photography like ‘why shoot colour film in 2024’. This comment is now 52 words, so fewer than optimal to get featured I’m afraid!


I think some topics 'deserve' a longer article while others can be covered adequately in fewer words.

I'm a fan of brevity so would not thank someone for writing to a word count but equally would not want them to skimp on explanation of a point because it "it looks too long".

I appreciate your effort with Featured Comments as, while other comments can be very interesting, I often find the ones you highlight to be sufficient; but if the topic piques my interest I will scroll through all comments in order to see what else was said.

I try not to visit every day but dip in a couple of times a week in order to see the breadth of comments (and your responses).

That's 125 words, so more than enough from me!

A 1500-2500 word blog post is in the TLDR range. Most blog posts are not sufficiently interesting or insightful to hold my attention that long nor do I write posts that long. It feels like 'padding' to me. Say what you have to say, spit it out, and don't dance around the bushes in an effort to write longer posts.



Emperor Joseph II to Mozart on, I think, it was Le Nozze di Figaro: “Too beautiful for our ears, my dear Mozart, and an awful lot of notes.” To which Mozart replied: “Exactly as many as are necessary, Your Majesty.”
We might conclude: Just use as many words as are necessary, and you will be fine. After all, Mozart's operas still are eminent successes, or even the biggest successes nowadays.

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