Ruth Zavitsanos

June 4, 2012

Snippets

Filed under: Uncategorized — ruthz621 @ 2:50 pm
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Snippets-a small piece of something ,sampling.

I’ve come to find that the best blogs are highly informative, thought provoking and least wordy. Lately, I adhere to the  “less is more” addage of these times.

Snippets of information are making their way into our brain via the internet in a little more than a tweet’s 140 word limit. For me, it’s like getting on the roller coaster at an amusement park for a fast, sharp, thrilling two minute adventuresome ride. Thanks to the internet’s speed, there’s no waiting involved.

I used to revel in the delights of getting Vanity Fair in my mailbox, excited to delve into their long in-depth stories. Now, I’m reading a vast number of tweets, blogs, and yahoo news briefs in less time than one VF profile story. Am I more informed? I know I’m not a walking encyclopedia on a subject but I can discuss many different topics in the brevity it was given to me in. And, lets face it, often when having a “real time” discussion at a social gathering, a yawn prevails when one rambles on. When time allows, going beneath the surface to discover more about the subject will only improve interpretation and stronger debate skills. Keep in mind, too much of one thing can cause clutter. Snippets allow us to take in the new and discard the old without over crowding.

And so, I’m back to my journalistic teachings of giving all the facts with concise brevity. Newspapers might be taking a backseat to the internet, but people seeking to grow, learn and engage with others will always want what Joe Friday proclaimed decades ago, “Just the facts”.

*This blog was written in just 2 tweets!

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9 Comments »

  1. how true! I rarely read a long blog with lots of filler–

    Comment by Annette Snyder — June 5, 2012 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for the comment, Annette.

      Comment by ruthz621 — June 5, 2012 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  2. I have so much on my plate, that I feel like an editor or agent. If the blog doesn’t grab me in a minute or so, I generally move on.

    Comment by Candace Gold — June 5, 2012 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

    • Candace, that’s definitely my thinking and life of late. It’s got to be interested interesting or related to something I need to know. Due to time restraints, I want it to be less lengthy and more informative. Thanks for the comment

      Comment by ruthz621 — June 5, 2012 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  3. It depends on the subject, Ruth. If I just want an update on something or a reminder, a snippet is fine. But this old newspaper dawg opposes USA Today-type journalism (too much like TV ‘journalism’) which grabs my attention with a headline but then requires a hunt to find the meat of the story.

    Comment by J. R. Lindermuth — June 5, 2012 @ 3:25 pm | Reply

    • I agree, snippets are not always the BEST read if we’re truly looking for in-depth journalism.Very true. Thanks for the comment.

      Comment by ruthz621 — June 5, 2012 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

  4. Hi,

    Nice to meet you through WCP.

    I’m of the *old school*: read, read and read again. Knowledge is more than a headline introduction!. Knowledge is the world not one’s own little universe! 😉

    best
    F

    Comment by Francine Howarth — June 6, 2012 @ 7:19 am | Reply

    • Frances, thanks for leaving a comment. I love getting different responses. It just goes to show the many different reading preferences that are out there. Nice meeting you–all the best, Ruth

      Comment by ruthz621 — June 6, 2012 @ 11:43 am | Reply

  5. Hi Ruth,

    I also agree with you. I try to keep all my posts to a few sentences! Especially since some of my readers are kids and young adults. Less is more 😉

    ~Ashley

    Comment by Ashley Lucas — June 6, 2012 @ 12:48 pm | Reply


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