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One long article, or lots of posts?

With regards to longish articles on this site, do you have a preference in how they are presented to you? I came across some posts today that caught my eye, maybe because of my sceptisism. . This was one article that had been broken down into 11 separate posts of about 500 characters each.before moving onto the next chapter. Upon mentioning this to the author (who will remain nameless as this is a general observation and question) they said that people find it easier to read lots of short posts instead of one long post. My view takes the opposite approach, readers become side tracked and lose concentration whilst having to jump from post to post, the attention span is interrupted and interest in the subject starts to wane. So onto my question. Do you prefer to read one long article or 10+ smaller posts / chapters?

One big article

6 votes / 33% 6 votes / 33 %

Lots of smaller posts

4 votes / 22% 4 votes / 22 %

Either as long as the content is good

8 votes / 44% 8 votes / 44 %
This poll has received 18 vote(s) so far.

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bestwriter wrote on July 21, 2014, 10:33 AM

It is a whole package. You write you receive comments - you respond. You read what others have written and put your comments there. Just posting whether long or short atleast I do not think it is enough.

gulp_burp wrote on July 21, 2014, 10:37 AM

Breaking the whole story into separate chapters/articles carries the risk of some parts not being read or skipped. The reader might even lose interest in following the whole story to the end, defeating to purpose of writing it at all.

jamarse wrote on July 21, 2014, 10:43 AM

My initial argument to the person in question is that he was just trying to max out his 15 post a day limit and attract views. . . I do avoid such hashed articles, but, I do like to raise such issues with these people!

indexer wrote on July 21, 2014, 10:52 AM

Well, I plead guilty to doing this, although I have not gone to the extreme that jamarse is referring to. I am putting together a guide to the game of bowls and publishing each section as I write it. I think it makes sense to do this in manageable chunks, none of which is all that short, because the whole thing, when complete, will probably run to 10,000 words or more - which is far too much to present as a single article.

One advantage a serialising a long piece and offering the parts at daily intervals (for example) is that later parts can incorporate suggestions made in comments to earlier parts.

I therefore went for the third option in this poll, because I would say that there are occasions when the technique is appropriate and others when it is not.

jamarse wrote on July 21, 2014, 10:58 AM

I think it is fine if there is a series of interlinked articles - I have read your latest about bowling, and it seems to be a self contained chunk of a bigger picture.

The thing that annoys me is when it is a simple article with no reason to be broken down, apart from trying to gain views! If the article in question was left as a whole article, I am sure that I would have liked and left a positive comment about the good writing style, and I am sure it would have gathered a lot more readers.

gidget wrote on July 21, 2014, 3:25 PM

It is better to not make very long posts. The lazy internet user gets bored, it's better to make a series of pages and link back to all of them for better navigation.

MegL wrote on July 21, 2014, 3:28 PM

I wonder if the writer(s) believe (perhaps correctly) that they will receive more money by having more posts? I don't like things broken up into bitty parts - I prefer the information to be in one article, where possible

LoudMan wrote on July 21, 2014, 5:49 PM

It all depends on the skill of the writer as far as I'm concerned.

paigea wrote on July 21, 2014, 7:09 PM

It depends on too many things. Each piece should be able to stand alone though as I may not decide to read every part. If a piece is broken up it should be because each post really is a different aspect of the whole.
On the other hand I have enjoyed following some people writing many part stories.

Nancee14 wrote on March 8, 2015, 3:28 PM

I think it's better for the writer to make posts that are moderate in size. If they have a long post, instead of breaking it into many different parts, they could just try to edit it as much as possible to include all the important details in it, because some readers might find long posts to be too time-consuming. And some readers may not want to try to keep up with all the sequels.