Over Explainer

I am not insecure about my writing, but I do tend to explain things that I feel my readers will have trouble grasping.  This is usually done by incorporating parentheses, those round brackets “( )” after the word in question and explaining it there.  I don’t feel the need to explain every item in detail, as if the reader needs that much help, then they probably should not be reading my post.  I don’t want to make my posts like a school lesson where I repeat myself over and over trying to drive my point home, but I don’t see a problem with adding relevant information.  I am not big on links, as if I added links, that would take my readers away from my blog and I don’t see the point in writing, just to send my readers away.

I want my readers to get what I am throwing down and I feel that I am very good at explaining things and at times I may even over explain some stuff, but I am not doing this to waste their time.  I see so many bloggers who respond to a prompt and they feel the need to list all of the rules associated with this writing challenge and I see that as a serious waste of time.  Maybe they are looking for higher word counts in their posts, but I only include information in my posts that I feel people need to know and these rules can be found elsewhere.  It is not necessary to explain everything, as this surely will lead to your readers becoming bored.  I don’t want to talk down to my readers and have them feel that I am better than they are, but if I feel that they may not know something, a short explanation wouldn’t hurt.

I write long posts and my friend Fandango always tells me that I should cut back on my word count and he is probably correct, but I enjoy writing and I love explaining things.  If I am going to start investigating something, I am only going to do it once, so I have a tendency to go all out, as tomorrow will be a new day and I will be on to something else.  I am not adding extra words, I am only putting in information that I feel is important to make my point.  I understand what TMI is and I hope that my posts never reach that point, although I am sure that a few already have.

Written for Blogging Insights by Dr. Tanya who’s question today is, “When you use a word/term that you think your readers might not know do you think you should add a link to it, or is it a better idea to let people find out on their own?”

17 thoughts on “Over Explainer

  1. I agree with you that listing all of the rules associated with this writing challenge is a serious waste of time. I also agree that you write long posts. But it’s your blog, Jim, and even though your posts are long, they are always informative and entertaining.

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    1. I didn’t mean specifically “this” challenge, but with any of the myriad prompts. If someone needs to review the rules for the prompt, they should follow the link back to the original prompt post.

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      1. Yes there is no need to waste the reader’s time. I made a new prompt for Song Lyric Sunday that I based on you. What do you think of September 26, 2021 being Other, That, This?

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