TL;DR

Too long; Didn’t read.

I just learned this short cut syntax SMS abbreviation and it got me thinking.

First, I hadn’t ever seen TL;DR. I likely have never encountered the acronym because the majority of the people I communicate with are about my same age. Moreover, I am that guy who writes out everything in painful attempts at retaining some semblance of proper grammar. I am also desperately afraid the ghost of my 7th grade english teacher, Mrs. Helstag might haunt me if I don’t. She scared me enough when she was alive!

Second, it soundly reminded me of the “keep it to less than a page” idea which was pounded into my head in my business writing class at Oregon State. The idea in the class was if it was over a page the no one would read the document. Today, I was proofing an email for someone (mistake on their part) and stated out loud. “You know I really don’t want the message that is being communicated in the proposed email to be overly received.” (I had good reasons, trust me nothing sinister.) “If I got this email I most likely wouldn’t bother reading it all.” So I wrote back, “Looks great to me.”

Sorry if you just lost respect for me. Honestly, I am surprised it took you this long because I would have thought my last post on the bad analogies I’ve made in the past would have done that for me already.

Last point. The email I was proofing was well under a page, but it was all “blocky” and a strange green font (not easy on the eyes). So now you’ve got to be well under a page and you’ve got be quick and easy to scan for important points.

So with that said, if you’ve actually made it to this finally paragraph then you are most likely over 40 and most likely have too much time on your hands. More likely though, you are a close family member who knows how much it means to me that you take the time to read my random thoughts. Thanks for sticking with me to the end of this thing.

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6 comments

  1. Tammy · October 16, 2012

    I’m still trying to come up with a bad analogy to comment on your last post but alas, I am at a loss. I am part of the TL:DR club as unless it’s really compelling, 500 words is all I can do. I try to hover around that number when I write and think that it’s likely a lot less for the under 40s. No respect lost.

    • Chris Antrim · October 17, 2012

      I am too. Sophia (14) told me my blogs are too long, so she just skims them. Michael (12) asked, “Why do you always write such long blogs. I checked most of my posts average about 500 words. Way too many for the under 30 demographic. LOL Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kevin · October 17, 2012

    Well, you identified me pretty accurately.

    • Chris Antrim · October 17, 2012

      As? Only reading my whole blog out of family obligation. You are better man than me, but then we both already knew that. Love you!

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. Sally · October 17, 2012

    Hummm, well I feel forty, act like ten and write to long a message. probably have a lot of family that initiate the TLDR rule. However your reaction probably made someone feel like you cared and it made their day and success!

    • Chris Antrim · October 17, 2012

      You look under forty and act like a teenager. I only hope to be half as cool as you when I grow up!

      Thanks for reading.

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