My Big Fat Blog: How I’m Going to Downsize My Blog Posts & How You’re Going to Help

December 4, 2011

You know what thing they say about dogs looking like their owners?

Well, I’m starting to suspect the same thing goes for blogs and their owners.

You see, my blog and I have a lot in common.

My blog has been described as “long-winded,” “good crazy” and “deranged.”

Well, as chance may have it, so have I!

My blog posts tend to lack direction.

What a coincidence! I totally lack direction, too!

My blog isn’t particularly popular and doesn’t really fit in with all the other cool travel blogs out there. That’s kind of what happens when you ramble on endlessly about yourself and your couch and cookies and don’t actually write about travelling.

Well, to be honest, I’ve never exactly been the popular type myself. I never really fit in with the cool kids at school. That’s kind of what happens when you’re born without any visible ankles and you find it physically impossible to talk to boys.

My blog posts have also gotten a bit bigger over the past year or so – packing on a few extra paragraphs here and there – to the point where it takes me a really long time to write each one.

And, okay,  I’ve gotten a bit bigger, too – packing on a few extra pounds here and there — to the point where it takes me a really long time to get into my pants.

This has kind of become a problem – for both my blog and myself. (So, yeah, it’s also kind of a problem for my pants.)

I’ve known for a while now that I need to downsize.

Admitting it about myself was pretty easy. (Mind you, doing something about it hasn’t been nearly so easy. But admitting you have a problem is the first step, right? Now, all I need to do is take about 8 kabillion more steps, and I should be able to fit back into my pants again by Christmas!)

Admitting my blog needs to change has not been nearly so easy for me.

After all, long, rambley, self-indulgent, directionless posts about my couch are just what I do, okay?

Besides, you guys like my blog the way it is.

Right, guys?

Just last week I received two comments from readers who were all like, “I never read long blog posts, but I totally read yours.”

Aww, shucks.

You guys make me feel like I’m in that scene in the first Bridget Jones movie. You know the one at the dinner party where Mark Darcy (as played by Colin Firth) comes running down the steps after Bridget Jones (as played by someone who wasn’t me… but, just for the sake of argument, let’s say it was me). And right as you’re expecting him to say something really awkward and awful, he says, “I like you very much. Just the way you are.”

Yep, that’s how those comments make me feel — like you like me very much.

Just the way I am.

Well, I like you guys, too.

Just the way you are.

(But I’d like you even more if you looked like Colin Firth. Is there something you could do about that?)

So, yeah, deciding I need to change the way I write my blog hasn’t exactly been an easy decision for me. But, after almost two months of hardly posting anything at all on here because I haven’t had enough time to work on the kind of posts I usually write, I knew it was time to  start writing shorter, more manageable pieces. Or at least time to try.

But I’m going to need your help.

Mostly because all of my previous attempts to write shorter posts have totally backfired on me.

A couple years ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to write short, daily, food posts. I had just watched Julie and Julia, and I was feeling inspired. But, seeing as I’m kind of lazy and prone to setting myself on fire whenever I so much as step foot into a kitchen, I decided instead of cooking a new food every day I’d just eat a new food everyday. And then I’d write about it.

Easy, peasy, right?

Well, things were pretty easy at first.

My new project justified my trying out every weird snack food I could get my hands on. And I just so happened to be living in Japan, which just so happens to be like the Mecca of weird snack foods.

But then my pants stopped fitting.

And, before I knew it, I was blathering on for 2,000 words about potato chips. Not that potato chips don’t totally deserve their very own long-winded, blathery blog post. But the whole idea had been to write quick, shorter posts about interesting food items — not impossibly long posts about Pringles.

If I have too much to say about potato chips, you can just imagine how much I have to say about other, more complex topics– like writing, work, travel and cake.

Even when I pick topics that I really don’t know much about or should not even be allowed to talk about on the Internet, like boys or the Chinese language, I still blather on endlessly.

In order to keep myself somewhat concise, I’ve decided I need to come up with a theme or a topic that I can break into smaller, manageable portions.

Kind of like a diet plan – but for my blog.

So to help me think up some themes for shorter posts, I’ve been looking at some other blogs for ideas, and I thought I’d share these ideas with you guys to see what you think.

Mind you, I’m totally not stealing ideas here. It’s more like I’m just borrowing them for a little while. Because we all know my little plan to write shorter, more manageable posts is going to last me like a month — tops. I’m sure I’ll be back to blathering on endlessly about my pants in no time.

Oh, and, just so you know this will not be one of my new, shorter posts. I can’t just go cold turkey on my blather, you know. This is going to be a super long, get-it-all-out-of-my-system kind of post. Just like the binge you go on right before your big New Year’s diet. You know the one where you spend all of New Year’s Eve eating everything in the house and then washing it down with a gallon of eggnog and a tub of Cool Whip. (Not that I ever did that. Besides that one time, that is.)

My Totally-Not-Stolen-From-the-Internet Ideas for Shorter Posts

Idea #1: Daily Anecdotes
One of my favorite bloggers used to post these funny, daily anecdotes about something that happened to her that day, like a mishap at the grocery store or a misunderstanding with someone in her apartment building.

I like this idea a lot, but, to be honest, there aren’t a whole lot of funny things that happen to me on a daily basis. Probably because I really don’t leave my house enough. And, you see, the thing with anecdotes is that you usually have to leave your house to experience them.

The only funny thing I’ve had happen to me recently was when my hot water tank exploded and started spraying hot water all over my bathroom. That was kind of funny. But in an “Oh my God, I’m totally going to die in a puddle of scalding, hot water in my bathroom” kind of way. Not really in an “I should totally write a blog post about this later” kind of way. There’s a difference.

So, yeah, if I did this I’d probably have to leave my house a lot more. And wear pants a lot more. And interact with people, like, on a daily basis.

Actually, the more I talk about this idea, the more this is becoming the worst idea ever. Forget I even mentioned it, okay?

Idea #2: A Weekly Dare
Another one of my favorite bloggers does this Monday Dare thing where she dares herself every week to do something new. For most of her dares, she challenges herself to become a better person. Also, her stories are hilarious and usually involve her leaving the house. (Apparently, all the funny stuff happens when you leave your house. I’m starting to understand why people do it so much.)

Again, I really like this idea. (Aside from the whole leaving-the-house-thing.)

But I’m not so sure I want to challenge myself to become a better person. I’ve tried that kind of thing before. I can’t say it’s worked out so well for me in the past. In fact, it usually ends with me becoming a worse person than when I started. (And this is why I can never use the word “diet” with myself ever again. It only ends with me stuffing my face full of deep-fried dumplings and cake.)

Plus, the word “dare” freaks me out. It reminds me of the game, Truth or Dare, which I played at a few slumber parties when I was twelve. Or at least I think I played it at a few slumber parties. I can’t really remember. I think I’m blocking out some Truth-or-Dare-induced-trauma. Someone probably dared me to talk to a boy. I’m sure that didn’t work out so well for me.

So, yeah, this idea is also starting to sound really bad the more I think about it. We’d better just stop thinking about it. Why don’t you just erase that from your head like I did with all those Truth or Dare memories, okay?

Idea #3: Answer Reader Emails

Lots of bloggers out there have these regular posts on their blogs where they answer their readers’ emails — kind of like an advice column.

This is probably my favorite idea so far as giving advice combines four of my favorite activities:

  1. Bossing people around
  2. Drinking
  3. Sitting on my couch
  4. Not wearing pants

See? I think we can all agree that I’d be a natural at this!

The only problem with this little plan is that it would require some work from you.

You see, you would have to send me an email asking me a question.

Also, you should probably be careful about what kind of questions you asked me. For example, you probably shouldn’t ask me any questions about boys. Unless your question was like, “Hey, I’m scared of boys. How can I make sure they never talk to me?” I’d be really good at answering questions like that.

You probably also shouldn’t ask me any questions about being healthy or staying in shape. Unless you want to know how to gain twenty pounds in ten months. I could totally help you out with that one.

Oh, and if you send me an email asking me a question, you should really sign your email with a fun catchy name like they do in the real advice columns. You know, like “Clueless in Cleveland.” Although that would probably require you to move to Cleveland. And I really don’t think you should do that.


I’m totally giving you advice already. I told you I’d be a natural at this kind of thing.

Idea #4: Weekly photo posts
Another popular short post idea on a lot of blogs is the weekly photo post. These posts are often nothing more than a photo with maybe a short caption. Most photo post series also have a catchy, alliterative name like “Photo Friday” or  “Wordless Wednesday.”

But, I don’t know, guys.

I mean, wordless?

That sounds a bit drastic.

I mean, maybe you noticed, but I love me some words! Words are totally the best! I couldn’t just cut them out of my blog entirely. After all, words have always been super nice to me. They hardly ever hang up the phone on me and they never say bad things about my lack of ankles.

Besides, why would I be wordless on a Wednesday? That’s just stupid. Wednesdays are like my fifth favorite day of the week! I could understand a Wordless Monday or a Wordless I-Woke-Up-With-a-Hangover Sunday. But wordless on a Wednesday? That just doesn’t even make sense.

Plus, I’ve already posted the photo of my couch on this blog like five kabillion times. I don’t really know how I can top that.

Idea #5: You tell me!
Do you have an idea for short posts you’d like to see me write?

Please share!

Do you know of another blog that has cool short post ideas that I could, umm, “borrow”?

Post a link below!

Do you have some advice on how I can keep my posts short?

Give it to me!

Do you want to plead with me to never change because you like me very much just the way I am?

Plead away!

Do you look like Colin Firth?

Prove it.


I've blathered on long enough! Now it's your turn!

  1. On December 4, 2011 at 10:22 am MaryAnne said:

    You told me last week that the reason why you completely left me out of your Shanghai fun post (and I was there! I was!) was because you were saving me for your next one… but you didn’t and now I’m super duper heartbroken! *weeps silently alone in Shanghai*

    In other news, I’d go for an Ask Sally advice column! That could get interesting…
    MaryAnne recently posted..I’m Nothing if Not Versatile. PS Dear Shanghai, I Don’t Hate You Any More

    • On December 4, 2011 at 10:30 am Sally said:

      Gah! I’m sorry! If it’s any consolation, you were in BOTH the first draft of this post and my last post (yes, there were first drafts… and second drafts…. and many drafts in between…. this could be why this blogging thing takes me so abysmally long.) It’s possible I just don’t want to share you with the masses. (And, yes, by “masses” I’m referring to the 20 people who regularly read my blog.)
      And thanks for the vote on the advice column. So far that’s my favorite… mostly because it won’t require me to get up off my couch.

  2. On December 4, 2011 at 10:29 am Marta said:

    Too long, I was too lazy to read…

    Just kidding.

    Why do you need to have a fixed plan of what to write? Funny things don’t happen every day, at least in my miserable life, so looking for the DAILY anecdotes wouldn’t work and you would get frustrated.

    If you need your blogging daily regime, make it frequency and notes length only (I don’t mind long notes, you know, I like you the way you are*). I dunno, write daily notes up to 500 letters and if you feel totally lazy just post the pics and if something funny happens, write about it. Chill out, chica.

    (*And I’m going to the UK for an intership, so I may become more like Colin Firth soon)

    • On December 4, 2011 at 10:39 am Sally said:

      That’s a really good question, Marta. In the past I’ve told myself that I’m just going to try to write shorter posts about the same topics I usually write about, but it’s never really worked for me. Instead every time I say I’m going to write something short, it ends up being super long. The only time this kind of worked for me was with the food posts (until it totally backfired and I ended up blathering on endlessly about Pringles… but it took me at least 2 months to get to that stage… so I’m counting it as a semi-success) I think if I give myself more of a fixed topic or theme, I might have better luck with keeping my words reigned in. Until writing short just feels more natural to me. Or until everything backfires and I’m blathering on about Pringles. Either way, it should be interesting.
      And I look forward to your Colin Firth-ish transformation. Please send pictures when it’s done. 🙂

      • On December 4, 2011 at 10:49 am Marta said:

        No, you won’t 🙂 You’ll just write a lot on fixed topic or theme. You can always write super duper long post and eliminate sentences after.
        Sure, I’ll let you know when I got totally british, love. And when the tone of my voice reaches the level that is dangerous for all the glass around.
        Marta recently posted..Wolontariat

  3. On December 4, 2011 at 11:12 am Amy said:

    I thoroughly enjoy your long posts – so I say down with the naysayers! (who, based on your link evidence…are primarily living on your couch?) If you’re worried about posting more frequently, you could just keep writing gloriously long posts, throwing word limits to the wind, then serialize them over the week – keep us hanging on for the next installment… but really, I don’t think you should change your style unless you really, REALLY want to – really.

    • On December 4, 2011 at 11:25 am Sally said:

      Aww, thanks, Amy. I don’t want to get rid of long posts entirely. I do really enjoy writing them & it’s what comes most naturally to me, but I would like to start interspersing shorter posts in with the long. Mind you, this is really for my sake, not for the sake of my readers. I don’t really care how you all waste your time! 🙂 It’s my time I’m concerned about! Especially since I’ve been so busy lately, it’s been really hard to fit in my blog writing with my job and grading and all the other stuff I have going on (aka my other writing.. and, ahem, sitting on my couch, of course).
      Thanks for the idea of serializing posts. I have thought about doing that before with really long ones, but never gave it a try. Maybe I should!

  4. On December 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm Ali said:

    I can only get behind this shorter posts idea if they are just as funny and perhaps it means you post more often. But that might turn out to be more work and take up more time for you, which defeats the purpose. Regardless of what you do, I’ll keep reading b/c you keep me entertained. The advice column might be funny, just add a disclaimer maybe 🙂
    Ali recently posted..My Interview on National RV Parks and My Trip Continues

    • On December 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm Sally said:

      Definitely, the main reason why I want to do shorter posts is so that I can post more. I don’t see myself ever doing daily posts again. (That lasted all of, umm, 2 weeks when I first tried it… plus, I ended up just posting anything just so I would have something posted. Like I wrote an entire post about Saltine crackers. Because everyone wants to read that!). Ultimately, I’d love to post twice a week — maybe one long post and one shorter post. But if I could at least get back up to my usual once-a-week posts, that would be great. I don’t want to give up on long posts entirely, but I think adding a few short posts now and then might help me keep up with the workload.
      And, yes, a disclaimer on the advice column would definitely be in order! 🙂

  5. On December 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm Ayngelina said:

    Hmm… I don’t like this at all.

    Part of the reason people read you is because you are different. I like what you naturally gravitate toward.

    I told you a year ago that your posts were hard to read, but not because they were too long but because the blocks of text were hard online. You have totally fixed that and the flow is much easier to read.

    I wouldn’t change a thing, unless you really want me to dare you to do something…
    Ayngelina recently posted..Food Photo Friday: Abu Jbarah

  6. On December 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm Cindy said:

    How about “fasion friday” in China – only photo’s with small comments? No need to get out more often then you already do, you always take your camera with you anyways. And the pyjama-people in the grocery store sound awesome. And you can fill up endless “fashion fridays” while in China…there is pantless girls with dresses that are actually shirts, grandma’s in pink Sponge Bob sweaters, leopard striped tights…the list is endless.
    Besides…next to reading I like watching pictures

  7. On December 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm Valerie Hamer said:

    I love your posts, in all shapes and forms.

    Having said that, if you want to write some shorter entries do what I do. Post random thoughts, ideas, memories, a class activity that went well/bombed, or just a couple of pics.

    I mix up what I write because I like breaking all the rules. My blog lacks direction (according to the expert info on blogging) – then again I don’t have that many regular readers either LOL.

    • On December 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm Sally said:

      Thanks, Val, for the suggestions. I really like the idea of random memories. I’ve done that with a few of my posts — connecting a childhood story with the topic. But it might just be nice to have the childhood story without worrying about tying it in somehow.

  8. On December 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm Jonathan said:

    Hi Sally! I like your blog a lot, and I read it whenever you post it on facebook. I’d say I do tend to follow blogs the most when they have lots of regular posts, but when Emily had a blog she would also post these monster, super-long, copy-edited posts every few weeks. I really valued those posts, and they stayed with me longer. I think the challenge is often what a blog is for. If it’s a public diary, then the frequency of the posting doesn’t really matter.

    That said, if you really are looking for advice, I find that blog series are fun to read. So if you go to Shanghai, it may make more sense to do four or five shorter posts. The same is true of topics. For teaching, I’m sure others would really appreciate a short series on things you’ve found that keep you grounded as a teacher in another culture. You could also try something seasonal (Christmas), etc.

    Love the blog! Regardless of whether you change it, I’ll keep reading. Thank you for the thoughtful posts.

    • On December 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm Sally said:

      I also tend to read bloggers who do short, regular posts. While there are tons of bloggers that I love that write really long, lovely posts, I find I don’t read them as much. I usually read blogs in the morning right before work & don’t have tons of time; so those longer posts end up withering away on my Google Reader. Yep, I realize the irony. That’s why I was thinking I might want to diversify stuff and, say, actually read posts I would read. Ha, ha!
      I love the series suggestions. I’ve actually been thinking about writing a series on Chinese stuff — maybe not so much places to visit or things to do but just daily stuff that surprises me/delights me/totally befuddles me. I think if I had to write one post on that kind of stuff, I would end up with a novel. (There are just too many surprising/delighting/befuddling things!) But if I broke it up over a series, it might make it a bit more manageable.

  9. On December 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm Dani Blanchette said:

    I love your posts. I laugh my ass off at everyone. Why change shit up cause you think you should. I love you just the way you are.

    That may be a Mr. Rogers quote. Actually, im pretty sure it is. Hope that shit aint copyrighted or something.
    Dani Blanchette recently posted..EURO RENTAL–Renting A Car in Quito, Ecuador

  10. On December 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm Don said:

    Hi Sally:

    What about a combination of #3 and #4. Have your readers send you a photo and you make up a story about it, comment on it, provide fasion advise etc,

  11. On December 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm 50+ and on the Run said:

    Just do what you want–life is too short to waste time doing anything else (note to self: do this!), and besides, it’s only the internet, right?

    That being said, I like your longish posts. Although my post today is only 17 syllables, so my credibility may be compromised.

    50+ and on the Run recently posted..Sunday Haiku X

  12. On December 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm pam said:

    1. I love your rambling uncontained ramblingness. I really do. That said rather than confining yourself to topic types you could…

    2. Limit your word count to, say 400 words. I had a gig once where I had to tell my story in 400 words. It was excruciating. The thing I do now for a big fancy site I kind of want to gloat about but won’t? 125 words, MAX. I suffer every time. In a good way.
    pam recently posted..Stories about Reading

    • On December 5, 2011 at 12:17 am Sally said:

      1. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
      2. I’ve tried to limit my word count before but it hasn’t worked out for me (in fact, it usually results with me screaming, “You’re not the boss of me!” and then rambling on for 2,000 words). That’s why I thought having a framework would help me. I really need a structure in mind when I write. I think that’s why I’ve gotten into the habit of writing such long posts — it’s a structure that I’m familiar with and know how to write. In order to break myself out of my current structure, I need a new structure… Yes, it’s possible I have some kind of weird structure-addiction.
      3. I saw your work on the big fancy site and you should totally gloat! If you’re not going to gloat about it, I may have to gloat for you. 🙂

  13. On December 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm Holly said:

    Your posts are excellent for the following reasons:

    1) Because they are excellent.
    2) Because they encourage literacy skills.
    3) Because like the slow food movement, they encourage a leisurely approach to reading in a fast post world.

    I will say that the advice column series sounds very promising!
    Holly recently posted..Taking a Vacation From My Vacation in Argentina

  14. On December 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm Jenna said:

    You could take a hint from that scene in the second Bridget Jones movie where she almost screws up Colin Firth’s proposal by talking too much and then she begs him to give it another go, staging it with an “…AND I DON’T SAY ANYTHING!”

    Or not. Keep up the rambling.
    Jenna recently posted..Tips for a Nighttime Race

    • On December 5, 2011 at 12:20 am Sally said:

      I don’t really remember the other Bridget Jones movies (were there 2 more? Only 1 more?). I think I was so angry with Bridget (not played by me) for breaking up with Mark Darcy (aka Colin Firth) that I blocked all memories of watching it out of my mind. Kind of like my Truth or Dare memories.

  15. On December 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm Lisa | LLWorldTour said:

    As I think you said up there (too long to re-read or remember!)…your posts are some of the VERY few (or probably only one) this long that I enjoy reading all the way through. I like that you buck convention. Buck it, I say…and in the end, that’s your niche: long, rambly, real.
    Lisa | LLWorldTour recently posted..A Trip to the Beach: North Carolina’s Outer Banks

    • On December 5, 2011 at 12:25 am Sally said:

      The funny thing is that by bucking convention I’ve kind of made my own convention for myself. I’ve had a few short post ideas over the year but then I’ve just dismissed them because they don’t “fit in” with what I do on my blog. (Of course, I totally realize all this stuff is in my head.)
      One of the reasons why I want to do shorter posts is not so that I can do what more bloggers are doing, but so that I can do something a little different from what I’ve been doing. Plus, I felt this would be a good way for me to actually publish semi-regularly… as opposed to twice a month which has been my posting schedule over the past two months.
      Of course, I don’t really see myself giving up the long posts entirely. As you said, it is my niche!

  16. On December 5, 2011 at 2:44 am Alexandra said:

    So believe it or not, I was just sitting here writing what the World Guinness Book of Records has now officially declared the world’s second longest post (the first prize winner was another ridiculous post I wrote a while back) and thinking it’s no wonder I can’t keep up with writing on a regular basis?! It’s freakin’ impossible to try to write a novel-long post multiple times a week! So in my momentary despair tonight, I thought why don’t I take a break from writing and read something funny to cheer me up. So I came to your blog (because what you consider your ramblings, I consider funny) and low and behold, I find this post. And I think to myself, “Conspiracy!” (Which actually has nothing to do with you personally or your post, that is simply the reaction I have when I find something amazing and I don’t know what else to say.) And as a fellow suffer of the holy-shit-someone-shut-me-up-because-I-apparently-can’t-do-it-myself syndrome, I’m sorry to say I have no advice for you on this matter. In fact, writing shorter blog posts was a goal of mine this year, and I failed, like terribly failed (as you can probably tell by the fact that I can’t even write a short post comment). So here’s what I’m thinking, we’ll either, one, both keep working on mastering the art of shutting up (because if AA taught me anything, it’s that battles are best won with teamwork. Which is kind of funny because I’ve never actually been to AA, but I’d imagine that’s what they’d teach me.) or two, we eventually both give up and start a club for the long-winded and only ramblers are allowed to join.

    P.S. I do not look like Colin Firth.

    P.S.S. Good luck! And if you do end up “failing” at writing shorter posts, I’ll still totally read your blog, because short or long, this stuff’s hilarious! 😀

  17. On December 5, 2011 at 3:49 am Torre - Fearful Adventurer said:

    What made you want to go changing yourself, Sally? Don’t do it. But if you absolutely must, I’d like to see the advice column, please. Or upload videos of you doing improv.
    Torre – Fearful Adventurer recently posted..Chasing The Carrot Of Tomorrow

    • On December 5, 2011 at 4:54 am Sally said:

      Well, lots of reasons — but mostly time. Because I’m such a tedious, nit-picky writer, the long posts take me at least 2 or 3 days to write & I really haven’t had that kind of time lately (as can be evidenced by the fact that I’ve only posted, umm, 4 times over the past 2 weeks). Plus, because it takes me so long to write those posts it’s almost become kind of unfun. I thought if I started doing some short posts, I might be able to keep to a more regular posting schedule and have a bit more fun with it. I’m not giving up the long posts altogether — just trying to diversify!

  18. On December 5, 2011 at 4:58 am MzMarianne said:

    I love reading your posts! But, if you’re looking to trim them maybe put a word count limit on your post, kinda like twitter but with an elastic waistband? 500 words or less…to start?

    I do love the idea of Wordless Wednesday or Photo Friday.

  19. On December 5, 2011 at 8:59 am Jack said:

    That Flourish in Progress blog is HILARIOUS! Thanks for sharing!
    Oh what’s the story with the exploding hot water tank? Sounds pretty funny already.

  20. On December 5, 2011 at 9:02 am Jack said:

    PS, I look totally like Colin Firth (or Pierce Brosnan which ever you fancy!) Email me at no I am just kidding don’t email me you won’t meet me anyway because I have physical disability to talk to girls and I also don’t get out of the my house so chance of us meeting is pretty slim.

  21. On December 5, 2011 at 11:27 am Phil said:

    You know I meant deranged in the best way possible 😉 I am on the “don’t change” train of people, but I wouldn’t mind seeing some of these ideas interspersed with the longer posts. I’m with Torre – I would love to see an advice column, which I guess is option #3. Also, karaoke videos. You have mentioned that these exist. Why are they not online???
    Phil recently posted..You Bring the Yam, I’ll Bring the Fire

  22. On December 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm The Travel Chica said:

    “But then my pants stopped fitting.” My favorite line of the post 🙂

    I vote for #1.
    The Travel Chica recently posted..An Evening of Luxury in Buenos Aires

    • On December 6, 2011 at 12:29 am Sally said:

      I do like #1, but I think I’d probably have to give a weekly anecdote. I think trying to post daily would make me go just a bit crazy… or, ahem, crazier.

  23. On December 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm Erik said:

    Sorry, I am like the anti-Colin Firth.

    I love your posts, no matter what length they are. When I see them in my RSS, I usually save them for a time I can really concentrate on them (like not reading them on my phone). That is not a criticism at all, i wouldn’t read a good book on my phone either.

    I do the whole ‘Photo of the Day’ thing, and I take it to a new level of laziness by not really explaining it much, other than the title. When I started my blog, my goal was to post a picture everyday for a whole year. On January 1st, that will be the first New Year’s Resolution I have ever kept. While I didn’t specifically spell it out in the resolution, I had hoped to include at least a few sentences about each picture. I, of course, didn’t take into account that having a job and a wife would limit the amount of time I had to do such things. I also had grandiose plans to post at least one article (I use that term in the loosest way possible) a week and I have done that, but at the expense of the photo of the day and it’s explanations. My blog’s numbers are laughable, but the photo of the day feature gets the smallest numbers of all.

    So, if I have a vote, I say don’t change- while more frequent posts would be great, I don’t think you can go wrong either way.
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    • On December 6, 2011 at 12:31 am Sally said:

      Congratulations on sticking to your resolution! That’s awesome. I made a whole bunch of blog resolutions (yes BLOG resolutions… and I typed them and everything… that’s just how lame I am). One of them was to start writing shorter posts so that I could post more frequently… ahem, and here it is December and I’m finally getting around to it (or, at least, finally getting around to telling everyone that I’m getting around to it). I guess I’ll be working on that resolution next year too.

  24. On December 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm Patricia GW said:

    Sally! I love you just the way you are! You can go on about Pringles any time, Your posts are still great reads that make me laugh with delight! I do think that fielding questions from readers is a good idea – would love to read your advice columns.
    Patricia GW recently posted..Paris Reminiscing

    • On December 6, 2011 at 12:32 am Sally said:

      Okay, I think this is the fourth or fifth vote for the advice column. So advice column it is! Now I just need people to start asking me for advice… this could take a while. 🙂

  25. On December 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm Ken C. said:

    Uh, sorry, but I don’t know much about either Bridget Jones or Colin Firth [he’s not some good-looking Swiss cowboy who needs lassoing, is he?]…

    Like most of your readers, we’ll still be around when/if you change-up or mix-up your blog format. We know that you have a life, a job with papers to grade, so-called “real-life” friends [in addition to your dedicated throng of Internet buddies], hulu to watch, etc., etc.

    Your posts are highly polished, so you must spend a lot of time on editing…if you’re really crunched for time, you could edit once, and then click “post.” As that Swiss cowboy, Voltaire, once said “‘perfect’ is the enemy of ‘good enough’.” [Actually, it was Homer Simpson who said that…Voltaire said something about pants, which I’ve forgotten].

    I would read your writing if it were “excellent” as opposed to “outstanding.” Your ideas are interesting, and some of the commenters had good points. Change is good.

    • On December 6, 2011 at 12:38 am Sally said:

      Editing. Yes, that’s pretty much where most of my time goes. I usually write up a draft of my blog post during the week & add stuff to it during the week when I think of stuff– this doesn’t take me much time at all. But then when I sit down to edit it all together so that it makes sense, it takes me FOREVER. And because I know it’s going to take me forever, I sometimes just don’t do it because I know I simply don’t have forever to work on it. Hence the reason why I’ve hardly posted anything in 2 months.
      I think, like you said, I need to give myself permission to slack off a bit. I really don’t want to see the quality of my posts go down, but, at the same time, I need to stop being such a nit-picky freak.
      And, yes, change IS good. Even if Colin Firth doesn’t think so. 🙂

  26. On December 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm 50+ and on the Run said:

    Hey! Yesterday I got a new follower who said she liked my blog because I kind of reminded her of YOU! I’m taking it as 1) a compliment and 2) and indication that I don’t always have to wear pants.
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  27. On December 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm kosovarian said:

    you could just go to twitter. that would keep it short 🙂

  28. On December 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm Alex said:

    Advice column! Advice column! I will submit many questions (on the topics of cookies and couches, obviously)
    Alex recently posted..Sleazy Sihanoukville

  29. On December 9, 2011 at 8:36 am choi kum fook said:

    Ha! Ha! No matter the long or short posts, I really love to read them. Long or short post, is up to yourself , depending on inspiration and time, not the readers! The timing for the post is up to you also. Once in a week is just suitable for me! Miss Sally! Kiitos!

  30. On February 21, 2012 at 5:22 am Ceri said:

    Love this. 🙂 Though, like others have said to you, I don’t read long blog posts – except yours! I love yours. They’re freaking awesome. Anything you write, I love. haha.
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