Friday, July 31, 2009

The Tortoise and the Hare, Blog-Style

I was looking at my posting numbers so far this year and I was feeling pretty good. I wanted to try to average 10 posts a month and crack 100 for the year. I'm doing a little better than that overall thanks to having no work in February, but more significantly I've now hit double-digit posts for four consecutive months, which is good. And I seem to be setting up a pattern of sorts for the things I blog about, with more reviews sneaking their way in as was my original intent.

Not sure why I care about this, but I think it falls into the general category of practicing my writing and trying to set and meet writing-related goals.

Anyway, I popped over to my friend Aaron's blog, Anecdotal Evidence, only to see that he has 248 posts (and counting) this year. Or close to triple my output.

I was dazed and awed. Then I thought: if we compare word count for our blog posts for the year, it's probably pretty even. I might even be ahead.

Not that I'm competitive or anything.

8 comments:

Becky said...

My Dave, whose 7th blogoversy was last Saturday, claims the secret behind his long record of providing near-daily new blog-content is...

having absolutely no concern for quality.

I'm just saying.

Aaron DaMommio said...

Ha!
Yeah, all you have to do is elevate the goal of posting-something-daily over posting-something-great...

I haven't posted much text at all lately. Probably won't change that much this month, I'll be working on scuplts too much.

Aaron DaMommio said...

I think blogging is valuable, but defining that value and retaining it has been elusive. I admire many of your posts for their thoughtfulness and depth.

I get several things out of blogging: I can show the crafts I'm working on, which spurs me on. I can share interesting things. But the best stuff is when I develop some idea more than I would when just noting it down in my journal. But I think I'm caught right now at a point where my blog is too general to find much audience, and yet I'm not willing to settle on some topic and hit it really hard.

For a while there were several extremely random blogs written by individuals that I would read a lot, but lately I mostly go to BoingBoing or Metafilter for the neat random stuff.

Doug said...

Hey, Becky, I'm not entirely sure that I've raised the bar much above the "no concern for quality" measure!

But I appreciate the implication.

Doug said...

Well, DaMommio, I was going to chide you for mocking me with your "I won't post much this month" fluffery since you've been averaging a post a day (I like the sculpts you've been posting so far).

Then you write a nice comment so I think maybe you weren't just toying with me. :-)

I'm not sure what blogging does for me, either, other than set a small goal that isn't too onerous to achieve and to create a record of sorts of the things I have read.

Aaron DaMommio said...

Wait, so I'm the hare? You jerk! ;)

Aaron DaMommio said...

Oh, I said I wouldn't post much TEXT this month. I'll be posting sculpts every day, that's the metric for the scuplt a day thing. But I won't likely write much in the blog.

I make a distinction between quick 'look at this link' posts and photo posts and longer, more thoughtful poss. I've done basically none of the latter for some time now.

Doug said...

If the furry foot fits, my friend. . .

:-)