The cool word art on a Sri Lankan passport.
I was getting my passport and the lady asked what to list as occupation. I said writer. She said, ‘can you show me anything you’ve written?’ I wanted to point to a computer but I couldn’t see any. I write for papers but it’s not like I had any on me. So what to do. On my passport it doesn’t list any occupation at all. Someone recently asked me how much I write and I finally did a wordcount. I’ve published over 1.2 million words over ten years now. That’s War And Peace, twice.
Word count is obviously a lame metric. This blog isn’t War And Peace, there is no such depth of character and history here. The stuff I don’t write (personal stuff, emotional stuff) could fill a book, which would probably be more interesting. This blog isn’t drivel either, tho. It’s decent writing, usually. Some of it’s stuck in time, but some of it’s not. I think I’m getting better.
That’s 2,705 posts, with an average of 450 words each. Each post gets an average of 11 comments, or about 29,694 comments total. By the end of the year I should have 3,000 posts and 30,000 comments.
This year so far I’ve written an average of 26,000 words a month, or about 850 words a day. The grand total wordcount is 1,215,355, as of today. In that time this blog has served 2.4 million pages to 1.3 million visitors (stats).
An ‘average’ novel is like 100,000 words, which, again, isn’t really a measure of anything. But by that metric I’ve written like 12 novels worth over the past decade. I really should represent and get my passport changed. They can surely fit blogger in there.