Weekly Poll: Do you Prefer Short Articles or Longform Pieces on the Web?

For the longest time, it has seemed that online writing was doomed to being confined to just short articles. Readers in browsers get bored, and there’s always something in another tab calling for our attention. Wait: what was that?

Then, overnight it seems, longform writing has come in vogue online. Magazines and print journals started putting more of their full-length classic writing online, and startup blogs like The Verge have begun writing incredibly extensive profiles and opinion pieces on their sites. Then, apps like Instapaper and Readability have made it easy to read long articles in your browser or on your mobile device, and the growth of smartphones and tablets means it’s easy to read anytime, anywhere. Sites like The Feature, Longform, and Longreads made it easier to find long articles online.

So where do you stand? Do you like longform articles, and do you keep a full Instapaper queue of great long writings to read? Or would you rather keep longform to magazines and books, and have just shorter articles online? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the poll and comments.

Thanks to our writer Jacob Penderworth for this week’s poll idea!


  • http://tegaotojare.wordpress.com Warribros

    I do a lot of reading online, so i’m daily faced with these two forms.

    I prefer short articles, i still read long form articles only when there from a popular blogger i subscribe to or a recommendation from a friend.

    For print, long form article seem to have more research, that’s why i prefer them.

  • http://twitter.com/MichealKennedy Mike Kennedy

    I don’t care… just don’t put the damn article on multiple pages (ie. page 1, page 2) – I fricken hate that!

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