Warning: This post is the very definition of navel-gazing. If you’re looking for Quality Mormon Content™ you’ll find none here.
Four years ago I discovered the Bloggernacle and started this blog. I have been a regular participant in the community for years. I wrote a bunch of posts, invited some pretty great guest-bloggers, guest-blogged at T&S, initiated the Banner of Heaven exposé, designed some Bloggernacle/Mormon trading cards, started a few other blogs (some more successful than others), brought on some wonderful permabloggers and we’ve had loads of great conversations throughout.
Six weeks have passed since I’ve written anything and three months since I changed the header. Things have changed.
As we all know, when there’s a problem we must look inward to find the solution (or was it outward? I don’t remember). Ziff over at Zelophehad’s Daughters wrote a great series of posts (Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV) crunching numbers of some of the bigger Bloggernacle blogs. It’s interesting to compare them on a community scale, but it also made me curious about my own writing patterns. What could I discover in the numbers to be an excuse for my recent lack of writing?
So I counted the words and comments of each post and divided the statistics into four time periods, or “years”. (I wanted to call them “days” but that was already taken.) Also of note is that I didn’t count any of my two-dozen or so admin posts (introductions/farewells to guests or permas, announcements, admin issues, etc.). And remember, these are statistics for me, Rusty Clifton, not all of Nine Moons.
These numbers are the statistical proof that I’m now an official lazy-ass. This last year I’ve written fewer posts with fewer words per post (almost half of which were less than 100 words in length). In other words, I had a thought, wrote it down and put it out there with no exposition. It looks like I took a page from Firestorm Steve’s book in that it appears my words per post has little affect on my comments per post. Why am I so lazy? Well, I don’t want to blame it all on 9/11 but…
Now if only my permabloggers* had such a noble excuse.
*with the exception of Susan and Don