Writing Powerful Short Posts


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This is a guest post by Seth Waite. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

Writing is a powerful form of communication. Composing thoughts into letters which form words is a beautiful medium to express yourself and share your knowledge. For this reason books are written in print and digital form, blogs are produced and long resource filled posts are produced. But what if you do not have a lot of time to write? Then short but well written posts are your answer.

Short posts can be very powerful. Look at poems for example. Often brief, poems explore the realms of emotion, morality, and knowledge. Their limited words produce potent meanings which instill deep thought and searching. Your blog posts though short, can be just as expressive. The following elements will guide you in creating brief, yet powerful posts.

1. Main Point: Your post no matter the length needs to have a singular purpose it is trying to get at. When writing even sentences have a subject to guide their purpose. Likewise your posts should have a main point. So first come up with this. In writing this “main point” is called your thesis.

2. Argument: I am not talking about being rude, snappy, or even debatable but your main point needs to have supporting evidence. This is done by backing up your main-point with logical sub-points to form a cohesive argument. The sum of your argument will create the necessary logic needed to prove your ideas correct and relevant.

3. Structure: Short posts especially need to have a solid structure. Open your post quickly and concisely by getting to your main point in the first couple of sentences. Then go directly into your argument by addressing your supporting sub-points and then introduce the major counter point to your argument. After briefly counter arguing why you are still right end with a conclusion that is brief and summarizes your main point again.

Just like this post, you can follow the strategy of introducing your main point, supporting it with your argument, and creating a proper structure to write brief posts that will allow your readers to get the main point in a short amount of time.

Seth Waite wrote this post and lots more at his blog Blogussion. You can also find him on his Twitter account @Seth1492.

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31 Responses to “Writing Powerful Short Posts”

  • satrap

    thanks for the post. it was helpful to me, becouse i tend to write very long articles, which i always thought would be a better way to keep the reader satisfied.

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