WordPress, the software that runs this blog, assigns each post a number in the order that they are written. For example, this is post #744. According to the admin page, I’ve published 615 posts.
When it comes to my longer essay style posts, I usually let them simmer for a few days. On Day 1 I’ll type some sentence fragments of the points I want to make. Day 2 I’ll gather some URL’s and toss them in. Day 3 I’ll try to hammer the thing into some sort of prose. Day 4 I’ll read it over and decide if I still like it. If I don’t I toss it. If I do, I clean up and post it, sometimes rembering to spell-check. Lots of essays never make the cut. Somewhere in the chain of events I’ll just abandon it, or decide I don’t care, or that the idea is boring.
I didn’t think this happened very often, but going by the numbers WordPress is giving me it looks like I throw away a little more than one out of every seven posts. I’ve tossed 129 posts so far. The casualty list is actually a bit longer than that, since I have a few dozen posts that I’ve abandoned but haven’t gotten around to deleting.
Since the essay posts are the ones that get killed before they mature (smaller posts get written and posted in a single sitting) and since most of my posts are “small” posts, I would say my essay survival rate is probably closer to two out of three.
In retrospect this seems a bit wierd. Anyone else do this? How do you blog?