Long Story, Short spells d-o-o-m for my bogging posts. This is one area where blogging and reality coincide. I have three versions of any story (or any thought, for that matter): one for my dearest teaching widower (his preference being 10 words or less), one that struggles to include no more than 4 tangential topics, and the Real Deal, an unscripted, spider-webbing marathon. The latter version is best shared with family, who are forced to love you, or good friends, who then take a turn with their own Long Story, Short.
Don’t get me wrong. Some folks can actually tell a Long Story, Short. Our son and his wife both fall into that rare category. I’m so glad they are forced to love me. When I started blogging, my posts were typically 1,000+ words, paralleling my conversational “skills.” The only people who read them were spammers, but in my naivete, I thought they were similarly challenged folks who enjoyed reading my blog. When i clicked on their links, I ended up in boat manufacturing and cosmetics, with nary a story to be found.
The key to my success as a blogger?
No, I’m not using a picky definition of ‘success.’