A Christmas Message.

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.

Merry Christmas.

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9 thoughts on “A Christmas Message.

  1. Josh says:

    Try redefining what counts as science. I hear even Economists are being included these days. Madness.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Feet says:

    Merry Christmas Hent, I’m always reading even if I don’t comment often. :)

  3. Gap says:

    Dispassionate period in the rotation of the Earth to you, too!

  4. FraidOfTheLight says:

    Merry ! Looking forward to more posts in the new year.

  5. Hentzau says:

    Thanks guys! As it turns out the internet here is broken so I couldn’t post even if I wanted to, but you are in my thoughts, much as an insect specimen is stuck inside a microscope slide.

  6. Oli says:

    It’s a thoroughly wonderful blog and I for one greatly enjoy it, even if like Feet I almost never post. Do keep it up! I’ll try and think of some sciencey questions for you!

  7. Roob says:

    Another lurker here…
    I’ve been following your blog ever since I stumbled upon it while looking for reviews about Endless Space back in May. Your blog has since become one of my favourites, up there with Penny Arcade and XKCD’s “What if”. Don’t let it go to your head though, I’m just easily excitable when it comes to … well, science and games.
    Thank you for many interesting and entertaining posts, and a happy new year to you!

    • Hentzau says:

      Thanks! And don’t worry, I’m my own worst critic; there’s little chance of me ever thinking I’m *good* at this. :P

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