Short and Sweet

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Dr. Seuss’s best-selling book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” is less than 1,000 words. The Gettysburg Address is 272 words long. Seth Godin wrote a blog post with only 38 words.

Apparently word count is not the critical factor in deciding if a published work will be a success or have an impact; it’s the content of what the author has to say.

Einstein has a famous quote, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

I think I need to apply that to my blog writing.

When I sit to write my blog, one of my first thoughts is that I have to get at least 800 words, otherwise I won’t be doing justice to what I am writing about, that I won’t be able to get my message across, or that the readers will think that I haven’t worked hard enough on my post.

I need to change my thought process. My goal should be to get my point across using as many words as needed, no more and no less.

And that’s all I’ve got to say on the matter. It’s no Gettysburg Address, but at least it’s shorter.

 

 

 

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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