If you've followed Modest Needs for any time at all, then you know that when I write, I'm wordy. I can't help it. This is the result of years of academic training, where length and substance often must go hand in hand.
Writing the for the web is an entirely different thing than writing an academic essay. People don't really 'read' the web - they skim it. And it's taken me a long time to feel comfortable writing in a venue where I know that brevity is valued over all else - because often, I don't know how to say what I think is important in 25 words or less.
This brings me to the point of this post . . . .
Over time, the text on the Modest Needs Homepage has undergone a lot of revision. In the beginning - and I swear this is true - that page had to be more than 2,500 words long. Over the years, I'd gotten it down to less than 150 words. So that's a good thing.
But all the same, I felt like some of the most important elements of Modest Needs were lost in the process. And let's face it - in the virtual world, your homepage pretty well determines whether people will bother to read anything else you have to say.
Today, I did a little 'polishing' of the homepage text to restore a few of the elements that I think make Modest Needs special. The homepage text is now 243 words long, and I think it contains the best, most succinct description of what Modest Needs is that we've ever had.
But what I think doesn't really matter. I'd like your opinion.
Would you take a moment to review the text on our homepage? Let me know what you think? Is it powerful? Is it too much? Are there things you think we could cut? I'm really interested in your input, because hundreds of minds are better than one.
I look forward to hearing from some of you soon - and as always, thanks for your support. Have a wonderful afternoon!