As Sal is my editor, I asked her to provide me a statistical breakdown of my prolific output to date. I wanted to know what topics I have covered.
“You don’t want to know!”
“Yes, I do. Why wouldn’t I?”
“It is mostly gibberish!”
“How can you say that!? You are my life partner, my true love and my editor, the one who will get all the royalties! You are supposed to encourage my writing, support me, nurture my muse!”
“I’d rather nurture the garden, encourage the dogs and spend the pension. This blog thing is killing me! And, anyway, it’s mostly gibberish!”
“Really? Can you break it down? Can I see what you mean?”
“OK. But it ain’t pretty. I’ll send you the stats.”
And she did. For the first 155 posts, the breakdown is as follows:
All over the map 21 (more than one topic in blog so I have to split them up into specific categories)
Day to Day 21
Guest Writing 1
How To 23
Other 11 (trips to Vancouver, etc.)
Relationship 3 (David and Sally)
Visitors 5 (Mostly Chinese students)
It would seem that ‘All Over the Map’ is a category all by itself. That and ‘Day to Day’ doesn’t bode well for a strong book theme, except, of course, for the Big Book of Gibberish or something. By the time ‘Musings’ is added to the list, I am convinced: it is all gibberish and I am writing about nothing.
Hmmmmm…………..maybe ‘Nothing’ can be a theme? Sienfeld did it!
‘How To’ and ‘Community’ seem to follow along the promised theme of living off the grid but clearly they have come second to gibberish. I am going to have to switch tacks. I’d start by teaching more from the How To section but mostly I still don’t know much about How.…To…. I am still learning myself.
I could, I suppose, put more emphasis on ‘Community’ but don’t forget, I still have to live here. I have already decided to do an unabridged Tell-All on all of the characters in the area and their unique contributions to their unique definitions of community. Some day. After I have found a new place to live (and maybe a new identity). Can’t risk that right now. You understand.
I am surprised at my courage in including even the six Characters so far.
And, according to my statistician, I have only done two Wildlife pieces. Gawd! It feels like a lot more!