Less Is More. More Or Less.


Sometimes, when I can’t think of anything to write about, I write about the fact that I can’t think of anything to write about. It’s a little self-contradictory but it solves a problem.

Equally, when I don’t really have time to write anything, I occasionally write about the fact that I haven’t got time to write anything, even though by writing about a lack of time to write anything, I am proving that I did have time to write something. Albeit something pointless.

The other solution would be to write nothing.

Which may be preferable in the short term but writing nothing on one occasion often leads to a longer-term scenario in which I write nothing for weeks on end.

Which is bad for me.

It may be less bad for you.

But this blog is an entirely self-indulgent affair, for the most part, so ‘bad-for-me’ is undesirable.

Then again, at the moment, I really am quite busy and being busy seems like a state of affairs which is likely to continue indefinitely.

Which means this blog is likely to take a ‘back seat’ unless I can think of a solution.

And one solution is to write shorter posts.

About not very much.

As opposed to long posts about not very much, which is my usual modus operandi.

So that’s probably what I’m going to do for a while.

Write short posts about not very much.

Like this one.

But maybe I’ll aim to make them better than this one.

Although they probably won’t be much better than this if I’m honest.

  10 comments for “Less Is More. More Or Less.

  1. September 18, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I look forward, perhaps, to your short, uninteresting, maybe even totally dull, posts.

    My editor says I may have one too many commas in there, but I never listen to myself!

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    • September 18, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Very wise. I shall endeavour to make my next few posts as dull as possible but I shall ramp up the excitement with prolific punctuation…

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  2. September 18, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    By breaking them apart line by line you really (visually) seem a lot longer, so well done on the optical illusion! Also, it’s definitely preferable for me as a reader that you write short posts about not very much than no posts for extended periods of time. Jamesdrought is always a bit of a bummer.

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    • September 18, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      I learnt that trick in university. I always struggled for word count on my essays so I used the biggest font permissible and generous spacing to make the essays seem longer than they were. To be fair I think the people marking them were always grateful for my brevity – there was an unspoken agreement that I wouldn’t waste too much of their time with my inadequate grasp of the subject and they, in turn, would award me an unspectacular passing grade…


  3. September 18, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Hey James you are going backwards through the alphabet. Last time it was M now it begins with L & M. Not sure if you meant it that way, but looks very good to me. Anyway, short or long, keep going you have a few fans here.

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    • September 18, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Wasn’t intentional but now I think that going through the alphabet backwards sounds like a fun idea. I might well do that on purpose one day soon…


  4. September 19, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Keep up the good work.

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  5. September 23, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I like this post – except it won’t let me. I’m stuck in a perpetual cycle of opening a new page that then disappears. That was far more explanation than saying I liked your post warranted but then at least it’s another two minutes I can say I’ve actually written something, albeit on someone else’s blog, rather than mine!


  6. September 27, 2017 at 5:44 am

    I’ve always heard that when you have an idea to write it down on anything, toilet tissue, gum wrapper, cash register receipt, whatever is handy — before you forget. The downside is you have to remember to take the scraps of paper out of your pockets before doing laundry and keep them near your computer. What I usually do when I can’t think of anything is write about cats. I have a lot of cat stories. 🙂

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    • September 27, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      I love cats but I seem to have become allergic to them in recent years. Violent sneezing doesn’t always make for the best of stories…
      Might try the scrap paper thing though 🙂

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