As a professional blogger, people always ask me what’s the right length for a blog post. That’s an extremely difficult question since there are always a lot of factors that influence the decision. However, my usual response is not a word more and not a word less than is needed to share something of value. Another way of looking at this is as short as possible.
Turns out that most people find it a challenge to write short blog posts. You’d think that longer blog posts would take longer, but for most people, it takes a lot longer to write a shorter blog post. In fact, many people write a long blog post and then start trimming it down. Simplicity takes a lot of effort to get right.
While this is true in blogging, it’s true in so many other elements of our life as well. Einstein described why simplicity is so valuable.
I’ve found this to be true in my career. Once I understand something well enough, it’s much easier for me to explain it. By understanding something deeply, I can better assess what’s really important and what’s just fluff.
The ability to make complex things simple and explain complex things simply are both incredibly valuable traits for any job seeker. In healthcare, I’m sad to say that we have too many people who like to make things more complex as opposed to making things simpler. It’s certainly fair to say that we don’t have enough people who understand healthcare well enough.