posted on Jan, 31 2007 @ 07:21 AM
I know exactly what you are talking about.
We can slap all of these terms on it, like "short & sweet", but they are only creating an excuse. Rather than make excuses for it, lets try to fix
I think the biggest step you need to make to "extend" your posts is breaking the subject down. If you are responding to a specific post, do not
quote the whole post in one. Break it down and look at the one reply from different angles. I find this alone will allow you to add some clarity to
your own posts.
Separating different points into different topics will help. If you have one extremely large paragraph with five different points, odds are that
three or four are going to get lost in the shuffle. So break your own post down into paragraphs that are somewhat of equal size.
Remember, most of what your saying is not what your saying at all. It is all in the presentation and how you say it.
If you are creating a thread pertaining to a specific subject. Try to think of three or four aspects of the topic and break them all down. For me, I
tend to remain neutral as much as possible in an opening post. I think this helps in garnering positive attention from both sides of the coin. As
the thread moves on, I slowly come down on one side of the fence. It keeps the thread on track and rarely has any baiting. If I were to create a
thread from one side of the fence while calling out the other side, the thread would quickly become a battle field where we point fingers back and
forth across the fence. So for me, neutrality is the biggest component in receiving some attention.
The thread should almost ask a question rather than make a statement. Not always, but sometimes.
I used to have some serious problems trying to elaborate my thoughts with any sort of substance. One paragraph and I basically had summed up my
thoughts. But it was through ATS that I began to break down the subject and look at it from different angles. This allowed me to have a better
understanding of the subject and your "skills" will quickly grow.
[edit on 31-1-2007 by chissler]