Interesting Numbers

During my recent scramble to debug my website of malicious code I stumbled on a feature in Jetpack that interested me quite a bit. I found a breakdown of the site posts by year, word count, words per post, etc. You can see an image below with all the pertinent data.

site stats

I’ve written 296,911 words in this online autobiography between 2003 and 2018. I’m not including this year. We’ll count that up in the year-end summary, but it’s been a big year and looks to be a contender for the most prolific year by word count. But is it a productive use of my time? If 60,000 words is a short novel. This project could have been 5 novels. In the same period of time, I’ve written two novels and another half-dozen projects that wanted to be novels but didn’t make it out of my head.

It looks to me like this writing/blogging thing goes in fits and spurts. What happened in 2007? One post! And I’m pretty sure that one post wasn’t actually written in 2007. I suspect that the date was altered. The last few years have seen pretty decent productivity and regular postings. Okay, 2014 and 2016 were good the rest not so great. But this year looks good.