Blogging styles: short versus long, occasional versus frequent

They tell you when you start out testing the waters of the Blogosphere that you should find your niche. Select a topic and stay within the bounds: maybe sports, or fashion, or cars or music.  I understand that some bloggers’ style is to compose long treatises on their subject of expertise.

I do have a favorite topic, Montreal, but personally I prefer the freedom to explore a wider range of subjects in shorter posts. I don’t mean micro blogging, but think Hemingway not Dickens or Simenon not Proust. Cut to the chase as it were. Sometimes several short posts a day pop into my fertile mind, and with the WordPress mobile app posting can be done on the run.

This concept of terse versus verse upon verse isn’t new. Haiku for instance, the Japanese poetry has been around for centuries. It counts sound units known as “on” or morae (sort of like syllables). Traditional haiku consist of 17 on, in three phrases of five, seven and five on respectively.

Autumn moonlight—

a worm digs silently

into the chestnut.

   –Basho Matsuo

And of course we all know about Twitter and its 140 character limitation.

And in an old meets new scenario you can even Tweet Haiku!

So I think I’ll forgo the niche advice, at least for now, and just keep blogging away!

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