The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 2/2/2013 12:36:26 PM|On the 'Hosting Tips' thread, Daria mentions breaking up large blocks of text when writing & I ditto-ed.
While it doesn't happen all the time, there are occasional MB posts & uploader project comments that are one block of text.
Depending on my 'mood', I may try to read them, but often tend to skip them because it's very difficult for me to get thru them--even when I'm sure they contain interesting information.
While I am not suggesting that we add line spacing after every 4 or 5 or ? sentences, I can guarantee that posts with some spacing are more apt to be read by the greatest number.
I am not suggesting that we refer to a writing 'style' manual every time we write a post, but throwing in some spacing will go a long way to help me & my old eyes will bless you.
Please note. I do not post via phone & there's lots of technology that I am unfamiliar with. If your preferred method of posting doesn't allow you to add spacing, I hope you will consider editing an unspaced post when you can.
|Posted: 2/2/2013 1:35:23 PM|Breaking up type into paragraphs and lists is very helpful, I agree. I'm not SURE if I usually follow this advice or not.
Loc: West Texas
|Posted: 2/2/2013 2:49:08 PM|LOL! I have thought of this often!! As many of you know, sometimes my post will be long stories! And I often try to think "can I put a space here to help with reading this or will it break up the thought I am expressing."
But, as you just shown Daniel in your first post, you can add breaks often and still keep the train of thought going.
If it does have breaks, I am more likely to read to the end--if it's a block of text, unless it is written in response to something I asked or am involved in, then I too, depending on mood, may not read every word and just skim at best.
I still need to practice this "style" of writing.
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 2/2/2013 3:16:49 PM|LOL, Melissa! 'Sometimes'? I KWYM about trying to figure out 'where' to do a break.
But--as you correctly point out--it's possible to break one paragraph in two without losing its thought.
One lesser 'sin' that I am guilty of is doing one sentence that becomes a whole (long) paragraph in its own right. I'm trying to catch myself when that occurs & find logical ways to separate the one sentence into (at least) 2 shorter ones.
Like so many of us I get on a 'roll' when I'm writing a post or adding how-tos for my gallery pieces. I'm often afraid that if I take a break I might lose my train-of-thought. Lord knows it doesn't take much to derail my train these days. But something that I don't regularly do might help some of us. That would be to use the 'preview' option before hitting the submit button.
I'm also thinking that speaking the words as I type them may be useful. That way when I take a natural breath I can decide if I want to put in a break. 'Course I'm a much faster talker than typist...
|Posted: 2/2/2013 3:42:31 PM|Good point Daniel!
I'm a wordy person and I know I've posted some rambly ramble ons a lot.
I agree that it is very helpful when there are breaks in the story or description of something. It can be easy to skim over parts!
|Posted: 2/3/2013 9:00:54 AM|
yes. it is much easier to read.
thank you for bringing it up Daniel.
Loc: Dallas, TX
|Posted: 2/3/2013 9:54:03 AM|
I must agree with the OP after reading her post where every sentence was separated by a line. Definitely a lot easier to read!
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 2/3/2013 10:14:20 AM|LOL, Anita. 'She' thanks you. That OP was an extreme example. I don't recommend line-spacing after every sentence unless the sentence is one of those run-on ones that can be paragraphs or whole books & very hard to find a good spot to take a breath & then when you take the breath something gets stuck in your windpipe & you start to cough & no one's around to do the 'Heimlich' for you & finally you're able to breathe, but your throat hurts & so you end up needing to
take a break.
Loc: Geelong, Victoria, Australia
|Posted: 2/4/2013 10:50:45 PM|
Newspaper and magazine articles are often one sentence paragraphs for easy reading.
Breaking things up sure does make it easier to read. Acronyms make it more difficult sometimes though and everyone uses them. I can follow alot of them, espeically if they are refering to brands or products. But the longer ones leave me lost and I can't be bothered looking them up because it takes too long and I forget by the next time I see them.