mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)

Last month was National Blog Posting Month, for those of us with smaller goals than writing a novel.

I did not succeed in writing a post every day, however I did have enough days with two posts to bring the count back up to 30. It's been a rough month -- I'm not complaining.

NaBloPoMo stats:
    489 2018/11/01--nablopomo.html
     89 2018/11/01--thankful-thursday.html
    617 2018/11/02--learn-enough-to-be-dangerous.html
    340 2018/11/03--s4s-ripple.html
   1880 2018/11/04--done-since-1028.html
    479 2018/11/05--random-words.html
     73 2018/11/06--signal-boost-poetry-fishbowl.html
    246 2018/11/07--music-with-my-family.html
    117 2018/11/08--thankful-thursday.html
    399 2018/11/09--meta-sticky-post.html
    346 2018/11/10--s4s-mary-omeara.html
   1522 2018/11/11--done-since-1104.html
   2042 2018/11/12--multitasking.html
    814 2018/11/13--taking-turns.html
    179 2018/11/14--more-randomness.html
     91 2018/11/15--thankful-thursday.html
    844 2018/11/16--weighty-matters.html
    143 2018/11/17--power-balance.html
    302 2018/11/17--s4s--mary-ellen-carter.html
   1445 2018/11/18--done-since-1111.html
    125 2018/11/19--cat-desk.html
    194 2018/11/20--moms-cranberry-relish.html
    177 2018/11/21--update-on-colleen.html
    353 2018/11/22--thankful-thursday.html
    207 2018/11/24--a-random-haiku.html
    348 2018/11/24--s4s-band-practice.html
   1486 2018/11/25--done-since-1118.html
    134 2018/11/26--family-health-update.html
     85 2018/11/28--winterfaire-2018.html
     51 2018/11/29--thankful-thursday.html
  15617 words in 30 posts this month (average 520/post)
      3 days with no posts

So there's that. There's also a useful word-counting script, as you can see above. It's in MakeStuff/blogging/word-count, but hasn't been made into a make target yet. Maybe next year?

mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)

So, ... this is the start of NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writing Month. I'm not doing that. My track record for writing fiction is rather dismal. I'd be tempted to blame it on the deficiency in imagination associated with Alexithymia, but mostly it's the fact that I didn't do any planning.

However, this is also National Blog Posting Month (supposedly; NaBloPoMo's web page, such as it is, seems to be mostly broken, possibly due to a change in ownership of Many other references have also gone stale.) No matter. I don't need somebody else's website to keep track of what I post this November -- that's a one-liner.

 ls ~/.ljarchive/2018/10 | wc 

So here I am, staring at a mostly-blank page in Emacs, writing down a very vague plan in hopes that it will become more specific as I go on.

I do have a goal. I recently added a couple of donation buttons to my Dreamwidth profile page; the goal is to make this blog into something that people feel is worth supporting.

I have a few ongoing series of posts -- not all of them are things I'd consider worthy of being paid for, and in fact most of them aren't, but all of them are important for maintaining audience engagement. That's my excuse, anyway.

The ongoing series at present are:

  • Done Since... -- posted every Sunday (sometimes delayed or advanced depending on conventions and where the end of the month falls), this contains my summary of the week followed by (under a cut tag) the week's worth of file entries. This is currently the only thing that's posted consistently.
  • Thankful Thursday -- my weekly gratitude post. These have been mostly fairly consistent recently.
  • Songs for Saturday -- pretty much what it says on the tin. I haven't been all that consistent about these. There's (almost) always one on (American) Thanksgiving. Of course.
  • The Computer Curmudgeon -- these are a combination of public service announcements, mostly about security- and privacy-related events, and longer informational pieces. These posts are cross-posted onto If people think these are worthy of support, I'd be delighted.
  • The River -- These are posts about, ... Hmm. What are they about? Love, friendship, grieving, ... I guess the overall theme is emotions. There were a lot of these in 2008 and 2009, to the point where I was considering publishing a collection tentatively titled Two Years on the River. Didn't happen. Should it? It would take a lot of editing.

Okay, when you get down to it only The Computer Curmudgeon has the potential for being donation-worthy, and that only if I post to it more often. Poetry could if I wrote more of it. Anyway.

It's November 1st Posts: 1; days with a post: 1.

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