(last updated on April 29, 2014)
Yesterday felt pretty productive in terms of regular everyday writing, just the right amount to be meaty, but not too excessive. On the other hand, I know I tend to run long when it comes to communicating, so I asked myself, how much verbiage do I generate on an average day?
I copied/pasted all the significant text I had written from email/online forums into a Word document, then used the “word count” tool. I ended up with around 2700 words of meaningful, thoughtful conversation. That is about 7 single-spaced pages in 12 point Times New Roman, for random communication and conversations with people. This doesn’t include instant messaging (maybe a few hundred words there) or longer conversations one the telephone or at the New Media Group meeting (about 4 hours worth of communication, let’s say 50% of the time I was talking, call it about 1400-1600 words right there).
So in total, that’s around 4500 words a day of verbal and written communication. Does that make me some kind of mutant? And to think I used to wonder where all my time went! Good thing I can type reasonably fast, otherwise I’d have no time to work on anything afterwards!