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Time For A Change: Hacking My Writing Style

I just passed the century mark for posts, and I’m interested in changing my approach and writing style. At least, try a more concise writing style for 15 posts.

Scroll through different blogs, you’ll find there are many different styles from long text-heavy posts, story-oriented writing, concise and focused posts, to the list-centric. My style has been an adapted, hybrid approach with lists and examples per bullet. However, my writing can be… long-winded.

I’m changing my writing style for this and the next 14 posts towards a concise format no more than 300 words with short bullets, if appropriate (à la Master Blogger David Cummings). Why? Let me bulletize…
  • I love experimenting and self-improvement. I don’t want to be so rigid to not be open to potentially better, different ways of doing things.
  • I can be a little too verbose sometimes with redundant wording. This is an exercise in staying focused and to the point.
  • I value perspectives. This new approach will give me a new perspective into writing and thinking.
  • Test reader behavior. Shorter posts are more easily digestible for readers. I’ll review Google Analytics, and see if this new approach has made a difference in subscribers, time spent, pages visited, etc.

I’m excited about this, and I’m looking forward to assessing my attitude and perspective to this new style. Depending on how the first five posts go, I may also change my post frequency.

Any other ways you’ve experimented to change some long-standing way you’ve done things? Any tips on challenges or things that helped you sustain the change long enough to gauge its impact?

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