Believe it or not, I’ve been at this ranty, complain-y thing for two years today. How about that shit?
Don’t take this the wrong way, because believe me I look at this much like I do birthdays – with a soured, cranky and grim eye. Admittedly, though, blogging for two years does require a certain level of attention, dedication, and creativity. Especially, I’d add, when all you do is bitch about things as I do. Am I an anger ball? No, I’m an overdiagnosed PTSD head case, you nutless fuckstick… [breathes] digressing… I even made up my own swear words when the standard roster of blue language failed me. Birthdays celebrate your existence – worthless or otherwise. I don’t believe in enjoying clapping because I completed another lap around the Sun. Call me a SpEd and throw in a Hugger if you insist on doing that.
Back on topic, I’ll accept some level of celebration on the blog because I did work at this. I maintained a post a day for nearly a year, and then managed to squeak out some stuff while in the middle of a war. None of this involved randomly vomiting words onto the blogoshpere and calling myself an auteur. Some of you might wonder where the daily magic is now, but to be honest I have some… things… going on, and some ideas about where I’d like to take this forum in the future.
To do statistics – because, hey they’re fun and they can lie well for you – I’ve generated quite a bit of content. As-of this writing, I have managed to rack up about 448 posts. I generally tried to shoot for 500 words each, give or take. But to make a conservative estimate, I’d go with 450 words per post. Everyone okay with that? No? (Fuck you.) Yes? Well then let’s do math.
My calculator says 450 words over 448 posts comes out to 201,600 words. That’s a lot. Using the writer’s estimate of 250 words per page, I’ve managed to write an 807-page book. I’m a foul-mouthed Michener! Even better, I saved all of you a lot of up-front explanation of how the Earth formed and cooled when I started all those months ago. I did cover wooly mammoths and how they were rubbed together once upon a time to generate electricity to power iRocks for two of my favorite fans of advanced years, but generally we stuck to the Right Now.
By now you’re wondering: So the fuck what, Rants… where’s my reach-around? Well, as I hinted at above I’m wondering where I’ll take this blog in the future. I started this blog as an experiment of sorts to see if I had what it took to A) generate 500 words of original copy every day, and B) entertain people. I think I did that. I’ve found that branching out helps creativity, and my guest blogging with Le Clown and Weebles, and later with the crowd at Stuphblog, helped spark the idea that maybe it’s time for the next step.
So now I’m toying with some ideas. I started this to explore writing but my novel-length blog has sparked zero actual words of fiction, so I might explore that arena. I’m also considering a more serious side-blog on cool military stories, and perhaps make it collaborative. I’ll complete the Rantionary, but I’m very tempted to start a recurring “Rantswers” like that thing Yahoo! does but more awesomer. That might allow me to show my more decisive and manly style.
I’m not stopping, don’t worry. A war couldn’t stop me, right? I’m just appreciative for all the comments (except for you two fucking trolls… you and you) and support. I’ve always maintained that the best half of blogging is fielding comments.
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