When telling a story, I will add (awe, a squirrel) the smallest of details to make the story more interesting.
Somehow, this natural ability translated into a degree in Communication. Can you believe that? Yeah, I struggle to wrap my mind around it as well. ☺ (The washer stopped)
Over the last few days, I've been blogging everyday for a challenge I'm in. What? You haven't started yet, well Go! Get started! (the kids are quiet) You won't regret it! Stop by here ► 30 Day Blogging Challenge and join in the fun!
One of the best pieces of learning I took with me from my Communication classes, was the length (I'm thirsty) of an adult's attention span.
The average adult will look/glance away from something or have a fleeting thought after 8 seconds. (if you're a mama, this could be more frequently as those little buggers can be quick!) (I'm getting hungry).
However, this is not disruptive to what the attention is focusing on.
The average adult attention span is 20 minutes! At that point, the adult can reset their attention, will refocus, (look, a bird) & be able to pay attention for another 20 minutes, with 8 second look aways or fleeting thoughts continuing.
BUT....I've been vindicated! Your attention span is 20 MINUTES!! Muahahaha!!!
Seriously though, this can be very important information to have as a blogger! (where's the dog?)
I beat myself up because of worrying no one is going to sit through one of my entire posts. I've yet to conquer shorting the bloomin things! (cool, the sun came out)
Does anyone else struggle this way? Well, here's a secret weapon for that I've been using,
I'm sure you've discovered I can get wordy! ☺
When considering lengths for a post, (I love fall) for me, there are two things to consider
1.) Attention Spans
While I don't want to bore my readers, (that was a big yawn) I can write as much or as little as I want, attention span allows the focus to be maintained! Then I need to find ways to make it interesting. Perhaps a mini-series for something I've written that is extra long or adding visuals for shorter writings.
Either way, it's important to simply write and know whatever I chose is okay! There are workarounds (that's a cute word) for any length of writing.
♦ You learned you have a 20 min. attention span you reset regularly
♦ You're reading a post that takes less than 20 minutes to read, SO FOCUS
♦You look away or think fleetingly every 8 sec. which doesn't interrupt your focus
♦ You experienced my every 8 sec. - they looked like this (oh another 8 sec passed)
♦ You were able to look away or have a fleeting thought without losing focus!
♦ You are probably not writing posts that are too lengthy or short
♦ You should just write and then find workarounds to make it work
♦ You were given a great resource for changing self talk
♦ You're experiencing the last 8 sec. look away/fleeting thought (it's breezy outside)
♦ You made it to the end of this post!
Learning to Walk (and Blog) by Faith,