In his 1855 poem, “Andrea del Sarto,” Robert Browning coined the now-popular phase that less is more.
Twitter (and the minimalism movement) helped popularize it.
When you consider a tweet has a limit of 140 characters you are forced to rewrite your long-winded narrative into a soundbite that anyone can read as a cellphone text message. It needs to be short and to-the-point. If you need multiple tweets to get your point across, you’re saying too much.
The same goes with blog posts. If you can’t write what needs to be written in as little words as possible you are writing too much.
Generate more quality with less quantity.
Pictures are meaningful when they convey 1,000 words.
Ironically, Browning’s poem is long. Here is the relevant passage:
No sketches first, no studies, that’s long past:
I do what many dream of, all their lives,
–Dream? strive to do, and agonize to do,
And fail in doing. I could count twenty such
On twice your fingers, and not leave this town,
Who strive–you don’t know how the others strive
To paint a little thing like that you smeared
Carelessly passing with your robes afloat,–
Yet do much less, so much less, Someone says,
(I know his name, no matter)–so much less!
Well, less is more, Lucrezia: I am judged.