I read a post from Fandango this morning which drew out the number cruncher in me and got my mind thinking.
I’m a windbag, gasbag, chatterbox, aka I talk a lot. Or at least I used to.
At school, I wrote a lot on subjects that interested me, which to be honest weren’t that many. A couple of times I did thirty page essays, and in hindsight I wonder if the teacher actually read them and just handed out the Star for effort.
Regular readers know I’m an old hand at writing letters. These days the heart is willing but the hands are stiff with arthritic nobbly joints, yet I still do it occasionally, though they’re a far cry from the 16 to 20 page letters I used to write to Mum years ago.
My longest letter was 67 sides, to a guy in the army stationed in Ireland when I was about 15. I could say it was small paper and my writing was big, but it was a standard A5 writing pad (I used over half of it) and my writing was of average size. I hope he enjoyed reading it, however many days it took to get to the end.
Fandango’s data and how he has modified his blogs was interesting, so out of curiosity I looked my figures up.
Like him, when I first started my blog, my posts were long. I don’t remember getting a TL;NR comment though, just not many likes and very little traffic.
I have to admit length can put me off as I lose interest, the thread or the plot before I’m halfway through.
This is a partial screen print of my figures since I started in September 2013:
Like Fandango, I’ve cut back on my word content, and most of the challenges I do now are word counted anyway which helps.
Wonder if I’ll crack the half million by the end of the year?