Reading, Learning and Adapting

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?


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to Reading, Learning and Adapting

  1. This is a terrific post. Very helpful to the growing blogger. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Sadje says:

    How did you calculate these stats? I personally can’t write very long posts, neither can I read them. They take too much time!

  3. Fandango says:

    Wow, you’ve become even more concise over the years than me!

  4. Awesome, I had never considered how length would affect readings. I just tend to write what I like and I try to keep every thing under 500 words just because it’s hard for me to read over that much. I do read longer pieces quite a bit but it takes a lot of focus on my part and I LOVE the flash fiction challenges!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    wow! 67 sides, you were really inspired, but I guess when we are teenagers the words flow easily in a letter. Nowadays we are so busy and there are many blogs to visit that a short and concise post is much better.

  6. Kim says:

    I have seen TL;DR before and I didn’t know what it meant either. This is why I love entering flash fiction competitions – it forces you to be brief.

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