A Prosaic Post About Productive Posting And Pretentions Of Prodigious Poetic Performance

James Proclaims (4)

According to the Gods of WordPress, this is my 900th post since I started this blog, back in the fifth month of the year that I like to refer to as 2015. 299 of those posts (including this one) have occurred since I started, what is now comfortably, my longest ever blogging streak on the 24th March 2020, which is pretty much around the time when the world went mad. Or madder than it had been. Which was already pretty mad in many respects.

If I’d done a bit of advance planning and been more mindful of my posting activity prior to my current streak I could simultaneously be celebrating my 300th post in 300 consecutive days and my 900th post ever. But I didn’t, so I missed out on synching those two peerless achievements by a day.

Obviously this high volume of output has been mainly accomplished by writing syllable based poetry. Seventeen syllable ditties, which I refer to as ‘Haikus’ (but which I should actually be calling ‘Senryus’) in the main. Lately, however, I’ve also been making liberal use of the 31 syllable ‘Tanka’ and the 22 syllable ‘American Cinquain’ (which I just refer to as a ‘Cinquain’, which is possibly cultural appropriation, but I’m certain my US friends won’t hold that against me). So it might be fair to suggest that I’ve been ‘phoning in’ a lot of my output.

Still, 900 posts in just under six years is pretty good, and 300 posts in 300 consecutive days will also be pretty good if I achieve that tomorrow. And I’ve already written and scheduled tomorrow’s haiku post, so I definitely will. If I keep up my current streak then I’ll be celebrating my 1000th ever post in just 100 days time. After that I don’t what will be left to achieve in the world of blogging. Except possibly getting more people to read what I write. But I’m not really sure how to do that. I do know it’s not the same thing as getting more ‘followers’ though.

Anyway this is my 900th ever post. So feel free to congratulate me in the comments. I deserve your praise.

  14 comments for “A Prosaic Post About Productive Posting And Pretentions Of Prodigious Poetic Performance

  1. January 16, 2021 at 6:07 am

    Congrats. I cain’t do one a day if I want to retain a semblance of sanity. Also, I sooo agree about followers. Now if someone follows and theres no follow up I read nothing into the followship.

    Liked by 3 people

    • January 16, 2021 at 7:11 am

      The trick to posting daily appears to be to switch off any semblance of quality control and hope for the best.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. January 16, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Congratulations. I did manage quite a streak last year, but nothing like yours.

    Keep up the good work.

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 18, 2021 at 8:51 am

      I’ll certainly keep up whatever it is I’m doing. I’m not sure ‘good work’ is an accurate description though…

      Liked by 1 person

  3. January 16, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    A verse to blogging

    hello, my name’s James
    and I’m a blogaholic
    I think I need help

    Liked by 2 people

    • January 18, 2021 at 8:51 am

      It is a real problem


  4. January 16, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Congratulations! Definitely something to strive for. I generally only post once a week so I have a long way to go to catch up!

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 18, 2021 at 1:30 pm

      Oh you definitely should join me – apparently seventeen syllables absolutely still counts as an entire post so it’s completely doable.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. January 18, 2021 at 3:32 am

    Congrats I am in awe I could never blog every day. And still remember what my wife looks like so good for you mate!!

    Spread laughter with all you do

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    • January 18, 2021 at 1:31 pm

      My wife seems entirely content to leave me to my blogging as long as I provide childcare sometimes and you can totally do that while writing bad haikus.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. January 18, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Well, I was feeling pretty good about my 114 or so posts and then I read this. I’m now posting twice a week — down from three — because I keep wondering if I’m going to run out of ideas for my poems. I suppose I would then switch to just writing “Other Things”. For example, this morning, I was wondering what percentage of people routinely take their smartphone into the washroom if they figure they’re going to be there for a while. I think that could turn into a post somehow – a rather tasteless one at that. It isn’t an appropriate topic for a children’s poem, but it could be one of the “Other Things”. However, it won’t be.

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    • January 18, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      You’ll never match my level of productivity if you’re going to bin perfectly serviceable ideas like washroom phone etiquette!

      Liked by 1 person

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