State of the Blog

This won’t be a big speech or anything. I’ve leave that to certain people who enjoy making speeches on Tuesday. I just wanted to make a quick note because I’ve discovered something interesting about this blog.

I’ve been maintaining this blog for about 6 years, which is kind of amazing. It doesn’t feel that long. And I haven’t always been consistent. There have been a few times when I’ve gone months without posting. However, I’m trying to get better about that. One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to post at least once per week (where a week is measured Monday to Sunday). So far, I’ve kept that up, and I’m optimistic about the rest of the year.

I’ll talk more about my New Year’s resolutions later, possibly toward the end of the year when they’ll be more relevant to my average reader. However, I wanted to point out something else.

I’ve been wanting to archive my blog for a while, just in case WordPress goes under or something, but I’ve been bad about not keeping an offline copy of my posts, and there’s not really an easy way to download an entire blog–not without upgrading to WordPress’s business plan, anyway.

So today, I decided to buckle down and manually archive my entire blog into Scrivener. All 298 posts. It took a couple hours, but it wasn’t too hard with copy-and-paste. I didn’t try to preserve the format or the images or even the tags because that would have taken ten times longer, but all I really needed was the text.

The interesting thing happened when I had Scrivener compute the total word count. Not counting this post, I have written 164,387 words on this blog! That’s equal to a book, or even two books, and that’s without even trying.

I’m writing this to encourage any fellow writers who might be reading. I wasn’t pushing for word count; I wrote as the fancy took me; I was too busy half the time, and I was unreliable about it…and I still wrote enough for two books in six years. Writing a book isn’t as insurmountable as it first appears, so if you have an idea for one, go for it.

About Alex R. Howe

I'm a full-time astrophysicist and a part-time science fiction writer.
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