How long does it take you to make a simple post?


So it’s June 6th and no new posts until now. Way to stay on the ball there, Ian.  I’m a victim though. An unfortunate casualty of being a multi-tasker with a short attention span. I rarely post anything on weekends because blogging  (for me) is a time-consuming task for me. I daresay it comes eerily close to being work sometimes. I spend more time editing, tweaking and dolling up a post than I do actually writing it. But then again getting the many bits and chunks of my thought chowder into the bowl can be an effort in itself.

So what better way to post than to post about how long it takes me to make a post…

  • 9:15am – My task starts today with my Monday visits to my blogroll. I need to read so that I can get my brain jump-started to do my coding. I’m starting to feel the oppressive thumb of the blank calendar pressing down on my forehead so I’m going to make a post today… but what about? I’ve had tons of though vomit over the past couple of weeks but would any of it be worthy of a post? Why not write about how long it takes to make a post? I started the post a couple of weeks back but it only got as far as a title. Takes too long to write a post so I had left it. I figured I’d come back to it eventually…
  • 9:43am – Read more blogs than I originally set out to and noticed that I was missing a couple of key elements on my own. I usually make my Facebook rounds while I’m catching up on WordPress and realized I never put up a badge for my work page. Being the true slacker I am I haven’t checked the status of that page in a couple of months. To my surprise I have enough fans to actually get a legit Facebook page name. I can’t very well go and post without updating that first…
  • 9:56am – With the page badge added and other nick knacks tweaked it’s time to image hunt. Can’t very well have a post without at least one picture. Shouldn’t be too hard to track one down related to the subject matter….
  • 10:27am – That took far longer than I wanted but I found something worthwhile. Now I can upload it to the bucket and get to writing. Damn. Morning business emails are starting to trickle in. Have to tend to those first. Plus Suzanne and I are currently trying to hash out some personal business via email. I wonder if this post will get out before noon…
  • 10:59am – Just sent out a flurry of replies to business associates, still conversing with Suzanne while trying to write this post and get work done at the same time. I’m getting the uneasy suspicion that I’ve done a post exactly like this before. I have to check. My memory is for shit…
  • 11:07am – Okay. It wasn’t exactly the same but pretty close. That one talked more about how easily distracted I get during the course of a work day. Course that’s kinda what’s happening here too. Sheesh. Tracking that down was hard. For a person that balks about not writing enough I’ve written a lot. I really need to go back to my older posts and reformat them slighty. Not right now of course. I have to finish this bloody post off. Damn the perfectionist in me. Uh oh… another reply from Suzanne. Gotta read and respond….
  • 11:20am – Had to break out the calculator for that email. I hate math. Oh well there seems to be substantial enough content to justify a post. Time to spell check. Lord knows I’ve been a typo tornado in comments as of late. Don’t want to muck it up here as well….
  • 11:23am – 12 errors? Really? Trust me people, I’m not a complete idiot. I just can’t type. Seriously. 12+ years in front of a computer and I still rock the 6 fingers typing style. It’s getting close to lunch. I have to do my last minute formatting and preview it…
  • 11:28am – Damn. Lots of caveman speak and Twitter grammar. Need to clean that up and make it somewhat coherent…
  • 11:36am – Okay. That makes a bit more sense now. You suck balls spellcheck. I found a couple of errors you missed. You were going to just go and let me post that and look like a total fool. I’m onto you. Dammit! I forgot tags. I suppose I should add them now…
  • 11:43am – Tags entered. One more check before I publish… and I still don’t know what the HELL is a Wang Chung and why I would want to do it tonight?? Damn you iTunes…
  • 11:48am – Looks solid but chances are I’ll find something after publishing. Oh well. Total time consumed making this post:  2 hours 33 minutes. Awesome.

How long does it take any of you to make a simple post? 😉

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17 responses

  1. Like Amy, I write at a snail’s pace…my posts are usually between 600 and 1000 words, and take anywhere from 2-5 hours to write (longer ones would be where research was required). I like the new header too, but I’m wondering why my comment is typing black on black…kinda hard on this old broad’s eyes…

    Wendy

    June 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    • Black on black, eh? That is strange. I’ve never really commented on my blog from outside the admin area so this is the first time I’m hearing about this. WP did implement a new way of adding comments so maybe that has something to do with it?

      June 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

      • It just seems to be happening with this one post…the next one I commented on was fine (this print will be white once I hit “Post Comment”…

        June 10, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      • Interesting. I’ve noticed something glitchy on Amy’s blog as well when I posted a comment today. I made a comment, posted it and the text remained in the box after it was on her site. I closed the browser and came back a few hours later to reply to a comment and my text was still in the box. That was the only post it happened to though. Perhaps we should report these little bugs to tech support?

        June 10, 2011 at 10:57 pm

  2. Oh I think taking the time to Wang Chung is critical to the writing process.

    Some day I’ve got to track how long it takes me to get a post ready. I’m back and forth with it over two days in between doing other stuff.

    June 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    • I need to Google how to Wang Chung. Somehow it sounds very provocative.

      Do you have lots of drafts just sitting around waiting to be completed?

      June 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      • sometimes yes, sometimes no. Right now I’ve got several posts I’m missing the beginning or end of.

        June 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm

  3. Somehow this whole scene seems strangely familiar to me…..

    June 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

  4. Amy

    And I LOVE your new header! That is completely awesome!

    June 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    • I KNEW you’d love it… 😉

      June 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    • Hehe… Suzanne said you’d appreciate it most of all. I’m going to post the “undamaged” construction in my Mental Wasteland sometime later so you can get the whole before and after feel.

      June 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      • Amy

        That would be great! I love seeing your creative process. I’ve been wanting to re-design my header again and I think you may have just inspired me.
        And, how odd is it that two people I’ve never met who live a continent away are talking about me? Gotta love the interwebs!

        June 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      • Done.

        Glad I can spark some inspiration in you for a change instead of you being my Tony Robbins 90% of the time. All hail the interwebs! hehe

        June 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm

  5. Amy

    That’s lightening speed compared to me. Without any distractions, just me and my laptop, it can take me 3+ hours to write a 600ish word post. I think the one I wrote about my honeymoon took me closer to 5 hours. I write at a glacial pace. And I still have errors and typos and ramble all over the dang place. It’s a wonder I ever post anything at all.

    Feel better about yourself, now???

    June 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm

  6. Ah ha ha…at least we sorted some of the stuff out in the time you spent trying to get the post completed.

    See? This is why I end up limiting myself to one post a week half the time…takes too bloody long!

    On another note, you should go to shoffee.com and wait for the Bob Marley thing to show up in the slideshow. Seriously.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm

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