What is a Good Length for Amateur Blog Posts?

After blogging for four years, I have read articles and statistics from many sources. Experts expect between 1,000 and 1,500 words to do justice to the topic if you post a professional content piece. But what if you do not write professional content?

Amateur or vanity blog posts are different. I have had comments telling me that my posts were too long, so I tried to keep them between 300-500 words after that.

How long should my post be?
How long should my post be?

Other vanity posts respond to photo challenges. They tend to be very short – even wordless. I like to read a story when I look at photo challenges. I think the words enhance the pictures – maybe not 1,000 – 1,500 words, but an explanation at least. So what do you think?

What do you think about amateur post length?

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Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, author, blogger and retired teacher/consultant - Promoting Hobby Blogging

15 thoughts on “What is a Good Length for Amateur Blog Posts?”

    1. I enjoy a well-written post that is longer. It depends on how much time I have, my mood, and what it is, of course. Like El Guapo said, people need to write as much as it takes to get the point across. 🙂

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        1. I would say that they are not very long-winded. I just visited 4 of your friends, and it’s taken me all afternoon! 🙂 And my comments haven’t been very long, either! 🙂

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  1. I think photography blogs receive lots of traffic, likes, followers precisely because the “reader” doesn’t need to read any content, just respond to an image. For text, I think the length of posts depend on your target readers and your subject matter. I do think that longer posts need to be broken up by visuals. Not many people are willing to read a wall of text.

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  2. My thinking on this topic is similar to everyone else’s. It does depend on the topic and if it’s an entertaining story it’s not an effort to read it. I find it daunting to be faced with a long-winded text that goes on and on, but I also dislike posts with heaps of photos showing the same scene from ten different angles. When I write a travel post it’s usually around 500 words, because that’s the most common for travel articles in magazines. Sometimes I let the photos tell the story and write fewer words.

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    1. Yes, I agree with you on all points. I love photos, but not tons of them with no explanations. I think I have cut back on photos somewhat, and definitely words – in fun posts! 🙂

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  3. I agree with most here – it depends on the content. If I’m in a hurry and I see and interesting and long post I’ll save it to read when I have time. I know some bloggers who write very long posts and when I get to the end I still don’t know what they were trying to say (these are the hard ones) and in that sense I don’t know how to comment or which part of the post to comment on. I think the most important thing is to keep the post consistent with one subject in mind. If you have another completely different subject, save it for the next post 😉

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    1. Good point! Many posts I read have more than one topic. I have done that myself. Bad Marsha!!! Even if they have the same topic, though, there might be several different things that impress a reader enough to comment.

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