Occasionally I read the updates WordPress puts out. They do a nice job, I’m very thankful for their site, and I like to know what’s going on, especially when the headline has anything to do with “change,” and particularly when said change involves the administrative interface.
One of the interesting things is that someone in the comments section noted that the average post size always seems to hover around 250 words. People were hypothesizing whether that was the size of a standard essay question or one screen. My first reaction was:
I probably have less than five posts that would qualify for the 250 words or less category. They usually seem to run to about 1800. If I had time on my hands (which I don’t, being a homeschooling mom), I’d count the words on the editorial page to see how long the standard columns there run. (Then again, being a homeschooling mom, I’m sure I could come up with some kind of math graphing project to see how many words are in the average column or use it as counting practice or something. Us homeschoolers can be scary. “Hey, let’s count lightpoles! By two’s!” “Aaaaggghh! No! We don’t want to count lightpoles!”)
I guess the question is, “What are you doing on your blog?” (see, I went over 250 already; I’ve got a little ticker at the bottom of the typing screen that tells me these things. And, yes, it’s a little under one full screen of type on the composing interface.) And, unfortunately for my brevity statistics, I usually can’t say what I want in that little space. If I was wiser, I could make it shorter.
As it is, I apparently need to pray the Blogger’s Prayer a little more often. Maybe it would help.
And if I (and plenty of others) are writing posts seriously in excess of 250 words, are there dozens of people out there writing only ten words a post? (let’s see… (1800 + 10x)/(x+1)=250… 1800-250=240x… so, if we assume there’s a bunch of really short posts out there making up for me and other wordy bloggers, there’d have to be 6.45 ten word posts to keep WordPress’s average consistent every time I go on and on until 2 am. Or 32 two hundred word posts. Algebra really is useful… (because you were all dying to know that, of course))
Oh-oh. My husband just read the part several posts back about budgeting time and commented on the difficulty/illogic of writing such a resolution at two in the morning. I sense a, “We really should get to bed at a more reasonable hour,” coming on.