Software, Development, and WordPress

Marked as Read Because of Lack of Time?

I rarely – if ever – write on Saturday, but this is something short and sweet so it seems to be okay. One of the aspects of this site is that I end to write articles that vary between 700 – 1000 words (not including code).

With as much information as we’re inundated with on a daily basis, I can’t help but wonder if some of those posts are being lost in the shuffle, marked as read because of the lack of time people have (and believe me, I know we all have a lack of time), or if it’s too much to digest each day of the week.

I know that a lot of people are against the daily blogging thing, a lot of people are for it, and that’s fine with me – we’ve got our opinions and our preferences to which we’re all entitled, and we have the ability to choose what we want to read, what we don’t want to read, and when we want to read it.

To that end, the schedule at which a person blogs has never been an issue for me; however, personally, I’ve noticed that longer form articles can be a bit of a time sink when I want to read them, but don’t have the ability to do so.

So I’ve got a question for those who are willing to give some honest feedback.

Part of the way that I manage the backlog of drafts that I have for this site is by keeping notes, outlines, and potential ideas in Evernote.

Sometimes I pull from there to write a post, other times I write about whatever strikes me in the moment.

The thing that I’ve begun to notice is that there are a number of things about which I’d like to write – and they’re all still WordPress, programming, technical, and whatever-other-words you want to use related – but they tend to be much smaller posts, so I often avoid publishing them.

But then I began to look at some of my favorite blog posts – the ones that left an impact on how I performed certain tasks, how I thought about a certain issue, or simply being presented with an alternative perspective.

I’m interested in seeing if you guys are interested in seeing a new type of post. Generally the same type of content, but in a much more distilled format. This won’t be replacing the type of things that I generally publish, but it will be adding to the type of things.

So, thoughts?


  1. Matthew Malkin

    For me I get your posts (and other blogs which I read) emailed to me and because of a (consistent and regular) lack of time I only tend to read the ones when the title or first couple of lines discuss a topic I think will interest me. I don’t know if it’s just me or whether other people also take this approach to blog posts. Anyway, in answer to your question “Would i like to see new types of post?”: yes I would, because although I won’t necessarily read them all, I’m sure that there will be some gems amongst these posts and it certainly can’t hurt to have the chance to read them.
    Of course all that is just my opinion.

  2. John Armstrong

    I agree, the short form posts can be really effective. Particularly if you revisit them later in a longer form.

    Daily posting can work really well if you have a content schedule in place. Where I think it tends to bother people is when its too ‘off the cuff’. Its difficult to read things daily that don’t lead to a larger narrative. Something to think about as you move forward.

    I’m enjoying the daily since its a space I am deep in right now but at some point it will need to be a little more cohesive to hold long-term attention.

  3. John Dorner

    I appreciate both the longer, detailed posts as well as short posts that make me think or explore to find more details on my own.

    I enjoy the daily. I can choose to read the articles when I have time and if the intro is somthing I’m interested in.

  4. Vladi

    In my case I have no issue. Whenever I see a new blog post that is of interest to me (that’s most of them) but I discover them when I’m not really in the mood of reading something large or don’t have the time, I postpone the action (either using mailbox to push the email at a later date) or saving the link in pocket for ‘weekend’ reading…in the end it gets read.

    For me, adding more content but shorter type is not a problem.

  5. Mickey

    Do it! For me it has so much more to do with the content than the size of a post. As you mention, some of my favorite posts are snippet posts, quick update posts, etc. They can be short and still be good, and in my experience yours usually are the latter :)

  6. Chris Lee

    Do it!

    As said, I tend to read all short posts from people I actively follow.

    As far as long, I always want to but don’t always have the time on the spot. Often I intend to go back but you never know if that actually happens.

  7. Lance

    The more (good) content, the better. I look at it this way: it’s another opportunity to learn. Many times, not just from the actual content, but from the conversion and comments that follow. I find myself learning quite a bit from this collective interaction. It’s also lead me to other interesting blogs with which to read from and learn.

    Those who don’t have time for it simply won’t read it…no harm.

  8. Nir Rosenbaum

    For me, it is not the size of the post or the frequency that I get posts from you…
    There is only one thing that matters – its the content.
    If the post is important (from my perspective), I will find the time to read it.
    Bottom line – I would love to get more great stuff from you :)

  9. Tracey

    I always skim the emails to see if it’s something I understand or have interest in, but rarely click through to the blog (only because I don’t always have time or I don’t understand something well enough…I don’t know a lot of PHP and WP coding yet). Shorter posts and bullet lists usually get my attention wherever I am reading.

  10. John Mann

    I generally scan your posts via email daily, then I start items I want to follow up.
    Regarding shorter posts, YES! I really like short posts that I can scan quickly and feel like I gained some new trick/tip. I generally catch up on things to read on Saturday mornings.

    I scan more and I’m sure I am missing some good articles, but I keep it all and review older posts when I get the time, like technical debt, I’ll get to it later”. LOL. :-) Just being honest.

  11. Tony Crockford

    I use an RSS reader. Short interesting articles I read there and then. Longer ones I tend to add to pocket.

    Most of your articles are in my pocket waiting for time to read them, or the job I’m on to have a problem that co-incides with one of your solutions.

    Short and useful information is just as valuable as long and not read until needed.

    I say post away!


  12. Mike

    As a fan of your writing, it won’t matter if they’re longer or shorter posts. Quality is quality no matter what size article we’re reading.

  13. Jon Browm

    Like Tony above I see posts via a rss reader and while I read the short ones right away, many of the long ones get sent to Pocket to read later. This is even more the case when it’s a post with a lot of code or one of several in a series. Daily I read through a few articles I’ve put in Pocket, but only once a week do I really dig deep into the queue there.

    Yours is some of the best web/code/WordPress writing available at the moment, I’d really like to read every word, but there are time limits.
    Therefore I’m pro short posts. In fact I’m pro short posts m-f with longer features on weekends. Usually though I think most bloggers see higher read rates m-f so publish their best content then. So I suspect I’m out of sync with the herd.

  14. KC

    I don’t have a lot of time to read blogs so long form ones tend to pile up in the RSS queue (I use Feedly). Shorter posts with tips I’ll read and comment. Value-added content will often get clipped into Evernote for reference later.

  15. Chris O'Dell

    I know that on Chris Lema’s website he has suggested in the past the blog posts do not need to be the next War & Peace to be epic.

  16. Tom

    I wanted to respond to all of the comments individually because I appreciated ’em all so much, but I realized I’d be saying the same thing over and over.

    To that end, thanks so much for your input. I’m going to experiment with mixing up my publishing schedule as I move forward with the site.

    Thanks guys and gals :).

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