Holy Great Wall of Text, Batman! How do I cure myself of being a Teal Deer?
First of all, a Teal Deer is someone who writes those annoyingly long posts that you can’t get through because they are just too freaking long. On other boards, many people will post “TL DR” in reply to your huge monstrosity. That means “Too Long. Didn’t Read.” When you say TL DR out loud, it sounds like Teal Deer – hence the catchy nickname for folk who ramble on and on.
I’ve been looking back at some of my posts and my new blog entries. To be honest, if I wasn’t the one who wrote the posts, I would have skipped them. I frequently skip the posts of people who write really long and detailed posts here on Fluther. No shout outs to specific people – because I do it myself, I’m the last person who should be pointing out this particular flaw in others.
I want to write the kinds of posts that I would read instead of skipping because they are too long. But I tend to have a lot of points I want to cover in one post and when I have a lot to say on a subject, I want to make sure it all gets said.
I’d like some advice about editing and/or composing posts in such a way that TL DR doesn’t happen. How do you get all your points across without writing a book instead of a post? Or if you write a longer post, what do you do to keep readers reading instead of averting their eyes from the giant wall of text?
I am putting it in meta just because I think most answer will likely come from people talking about the way they post on Fluther instead of other boards or blogs.