Stephanie Lynn Keil left a comment on this post at FWD/Forward that I think raises a very good point: long, densely-written blog posts are inaccessible to people with some kinds of cognitive disabilities.
As I was reading her comment and nodding along, it occurred to me that I might be one of the writers whose style prevents Stephanie (and probably others) from reading many of my posts! My posts can get very long, and I tend to write long, confusing sentences.
Also, my posts sometimes change their focus as I'm writing them; it can take me hours, days, or even weeks to write one post, so by the time I reach the end of writing one of my longer posts, I can hardly remember what I was talking about when I started writing the thing. I imagine the reader probably feels a similar confusion!
So, I've decided I will start doing short (shooting for 1-3 paragraphs) Executive Summaries of my longer, more information- or theory-dense posts.
Some of these will show up as separate posts (for any series of posts, I think it makes the most sense for the Executive Summary to cover all posts in the series, and be included in the series as a separate post), but most will be tacked on to the beginning of posts like an abstract.
If you're using a feed to read my blog, this might mean that you get spammed with wave after wave of old posts to which I'm adding Executive Summaries, so if you want to avoid having your reader jammed with everything I've ever written, you might consider taking me off whatever feed you're using.