In the UK we have a tradition where the entire country basically knocks off for a week between Christmas and the New Year, and so that’s what I’m going to do too. But first, a self-indulgent retrospective.
I made 246 posts in the last year, with about 200 of those having actual content. If you multiply by an average post length of 1,500 words – which I think is lowballing it, personally – that’s 300,000 words written in twelve months, which is apparently half the length of War and Peace. I’m no Tolstoy, and there have been a couple of snags along the way; generating five posts a week was proving to be too much like a full-time job resulting in my slacking off over the last six months, and if the science drought continues much longer I’m going to have to rename the blog “The Gamer”, which doesn’t really work as a unique selling point. Still, I feel pretty pleased with myself for sustaining a semi-regular writing schedule for so long.
I know I’ve picked up one or two regular readers who I didn’t already know and force into reading the blog at gunpoint; to those people – and to everyone else – thanks for sticking with me so far! I intend to carry things on into 2013 for as long as possible on the Monday-Wednesday-Friday timetable, and while it’s possible things may sputter out further down the line I still feel like I have a lot of writing left in me, so fingers crossed I can make it through another year even if I don’t produce quite such a crazy amount of words this time around. Here’s hoping you all have a great holiday season, and I’ll see you back here bright and early in… oh, probably the second week of January.