It seems I have been quite loquacious. I have surpassed 39,000 words with my last post. And I did it in 87 posts. my previous best was 38,700 words in 144 posts. I have surpassed that with a third less posts! I was pretty thrilled about that. I was quite surprised about the stat, my average in 2012 was 289 words per post and this year (as of today) I am hovering right around the 450 word per mark.
I am quite a stats geek, so I am constantly looking at the Stats page that is provided as part of the blog from WordPress. Maybe it is because of my line of work that I am always looking at the stats, comparing and measuring them against previous years (by the way, I am KILLING it this year, but I expected nothing less, with the goal/commitment I made to myself).
I would also like to believe that I have gotten better at sharing my stories, creating better content. I am not going to win any awards with my writing, but I think I hold my own quite well (trying to not sound pretentious here) and honestly enjoy doing it. So I think that has a TON to do with it. One of the unexpected bonuses to challenging myself to publish 104 posts is that I actually enjoy doing it and beat myself up when I get ‘lazy’ and neglect my commitment(to myself).
There is another blog I follow of a family in Northern Ireland that I have written about in the past (fracturedfaithblog.com). The husband is a writer and posts about his progress on the second novel in his series, ‘The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles” (sorry Stephen, I have yet to order my copy of the first book, but you can find it on Amazon if you have any interest). He recently noted that he has hit over 82K words. THATS IMPRESSIVE and my hat is off to you Stephen, I promise I will eventually get to reading the Kirkwood Scott Chronicles (you will probably be on volume twelve by the time I get started!).
I want to hear back from other bloggers, do you end up as focused on stats as I do? What have you done to break yourself of that bad habit? I would really like to be able to break the habit of stat watching!!!