By my calculation this is my 48th successive daily post; that’s quite something for me – it’s four dozen, or a day short of seven weeks and 13% of the way towards the 365 day target.
Although I have called this blog ‘Reading and Writing’, ‘rithmatic is never far from my mind.
Give or take a bit, each post is about 500 words long, which gives me a year to date tally of getting on for 24,000 words. In the context of the speed at which I produce words for my fiction, that is a lot.
As a neophyte blogger, to complete the challenge to post something daily, at a reasonably regular time each day to satisfy an early request of one of my readers, I have had to develop a system.
Rule 1 is that every viable idea has to be used; some are better than others, but it is vital to the process not to be too self critical, and not to spend too much time agonising about each one.
Rule 2 is that I always have a completed post ready the night before, so that I do not have a panic in the morning. I have become adept at using the facility to ‘schedule’ ‘publication’ for a particular date and time.
The combination of Rules 1 and 2 operating in harmony is that, recently, I have had at least a couple of posts all ready in my back pocket at any given time.
I have upped my pace this last week as I was going to be away from home with no guarantee of access to the internet, visiting friends and family, and hopefully will have too many other things to do. To ensure continuity of service I have ‘banked’ a number of posts in advance.
I found a problem with this approach today.
The amusing thing I found on the internet on Tuesday, and which I wrote about then for the post for Saturday, was published in, of all places, the Daily Mail, on Thursday. So when I thought I was sharing a minority amusement with you, you may have already read about in the outraged columns of the bastion of the reactionary.
It is a reflection of how quickly information flows around the internet, and that I was not the only person whose attention was caught by the wit of Lydia Leith’s idea; and I hope that the report that she has already sold out of her ‘Throne Up’ sick bags is true.
But I have learnt that if I want to be first-ish then I have to work smartly and efficiently as the latter alone may not always be enough.