The Power of Pithy

Power of Pithy

Let’s face it. Times aren’t what they used to be. It’s a rushed society and our hours dwindle fast. That makes what few minutes we can spare precious, so don’t waste them rambling.

I spent a fair amount of time researching a particular topic these past few weeks and was surprised how many sites didn’t have information nicely organized for me to easily discern. When you have something to say, be pithy and organized if you want it to be seen and remembered.

There are endless numbers of sites competing to have their voice heard in the vast world of cyberspace. You’ll be a step ahead if you follow these simple rules

  • Be Pithy – In other words, don’t waste words. State your point and move on.
  • Organize – Bullet point or numbering is a great way to do this. Makes it easy for the eye to move directly to the important points. Lots of information is lost in blocks of paragraphs.
  • Highlight – Distinguish the important information via bold or italics. Again, bring the eyes of the reader to the important points.
  • Graphic – Adding a photo or graphic creates interest and breaks up the monotony.

If people have to wade through your words like sludge to find the answer they seek, they will move on.

If your story winds around in never-ending twists that has your audience yawning and nodding, they will move on.

If you bombard your readers with too much techno-jabber that doesn’t pertain to the topic at hand, they will move on.

Remember:  Sweet, short, and concise will have them leaving with a smile.


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39 thoughts on “The Power of Pithy”

  1. Krystal WadeKrystal Wade

    HERE HERE. I think authors spend a lot of time online, researching for our stories, and the loads of garbage we have to wade through to get the “good” stuff is sometimes mountainous.

  2. Jennette Marie PowellJennette Marie Powell

    All excellent rules for overall web usability/readability! We read differently on screen than on paper, and keeping it simple and broken into small parts is even more important online.

  3. Tameri EthertonTameri Etherton

    SO true! My eyes start to glaze over if I have to wade through too much information and then I forget what I’m actually looking for to begin with.

  4. Marcy KennedyMarcy Kennedy

    I’ve also heard that with ebooks the length of fiction is getting shorter. For example, 40,000-60,000 words as an average rather than 75,000-100,000 words as an average.

  5. CC MacKenzieCC MacKenzie

    Looks fantastic! Love it and the pics linked into Pinterest!

  6. Rhonda HopkinsRhonda Hopkins

    Great advice! I love the look of your site. Very cool! 🙂

  7. Sheila SeabrookSheila Seabrook

    So very true, Debra. By the way, I love the look of your site. It’s gorgeous! 🙂

  8. Diana BeebeDiana Beebe

    I love this! If I can’t find something I’m looking for or the information is packed into block after block of paragraphs, I go somewhere else to look. Pithy is a word many websites could learn!

  9. Kristy K. JamesKristy K. James

    I didn’t realize that there were two comments sections, so I pasted the first one below. 🙂

    Someday you’ll have to tell me about the Pinterest plugin. But today. 🙂

    I’ve really tried to limit the word count on my blog to 500 – 700 words for maybe a year now. I can’t remember. I know I still tend to ramble, but I try…because I know how hard it is to find the time to read the longer blogs. Sometimes, if a blog is really long, I skim it and the comments really fast, and then form my own comment from that. And I hate it. It feels like cheating…but there are only so many hours in a day. So…GREAT advice! 🙂

  10. Scott L VannatterScott L Vannatter

    Nevermind, I got there! (Here!)
    Good post. Glad I do the vast majority of those things.

  11. PatriciaPatricia

    All very good points. However, if you have to highlight or underline the “important information” shouldn’t you not have the other stuff there in the first place? After all, pithy should be just the highlighted stuff – right?

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Research can become so tedious.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  12. Laura RitchieLaura Ritchie

    I agree with you. I usually write short blog posts, 300-600 words, with no large blocks of text to weary the eyes. I use bold, italics, all-caps, as well as various colored print, or huge text from time to time. That might be to highlight… or it might be because I’m addicted to playing around with all the buttons on my blog. Haven’t decided which. LOL

  13. Lynn KelleyLynn Kelley

    Well said, Debra. I enjoy short, interesting posts.

  14. Karen McFarlandKaren McFarland

    Debra, I shall try to the best of my ability to make my comment pithy. Rather short and sweet don’t you think? 🙂

    Oh, by the way, I do love the new look around here! Nice!

  15. tedstrutztedstrutz

    I’ll add my agreement to your Pithy Post. Hey, I love the new look @thegirlwiththepinkhair’s blog…

  16. SallySally

    Debra, your new blog is so elegant! Very nice! I’m giggling as I realize that I only follow one of the four rules you lay out. Mind you, I don’t think people are coming to my blog seeking information. At least I hope they aren’t! Imagine the trouble they could get into!

  17. Lynette M. BurrowsLynette M. Burrows

    Pithy. Sigh, says the rambler. I’m working on it. 🙂 Great post & beautiful new site.

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