Monday, October 31, 2011

NaNoWriMo Eve

Two hours, 58 minutes, and change as of when I started writing this to the kick off of National Novel Writing Month*. With any luck I will be asleep and blissfully unaware when that happens. After that I don't really know what will happen. I've never really participated before, I tried once, but so much came up that I basically never got around to it.

What seems obvious is that if I'm doing that I probably won't be doing much of this. Just as I started to get a lot of traffic (well a lot for me at any rate) the blog will likely slow down quite a bit. On the other hand maybe I'll end up writing even more stuff for here. There are few things that make me more productive in random areas than something else I should be doing.

It's also possible that I wouldn't have enough to sustain traffic even if I didn't have a novel sized distraction, I'm pretty sure (or at least as sure as I can be given that blogger's stat counting broke down just as my traffic took off) that most of the traffic was going to my post on depression. That's based on a decade of ruminations on a single impossible to avoid topic, I can't produce something like that on a regular basis.

Anyway, I'm not sure what happens next.

If you want to know what I'll be doing, I'll be doing this.


Elsewhere on the internet:
A thread about NaNoWriMo at Ana Mardoll's Ramblings
Will Wildman's latest thread about his journey in the general direction og NaNoWriMo
Laiima's post about things that have inspired her NaNoWriMo project

And if I write that acronym many more times I'm going to give into the urge to just start typing random letters having concluded it's far too silly. So, off to NaNoWakLjfBhdaMo.**

It is now two hours and one minute away.


* For any who don't know, the goal is to write a novel in a month. A novel being defined quite loosely. If you write 50,000 words you're considered a winner. More or less.

** The j is pronounced as in Fjord. Just so you know.



  1. Does your blog traffic count views from Google Reader? Well, I guess when the Blogger thing is working.

    I'm mostly a lurker, and I like the drabbles and short stories I've seen you leave at the Slacktiverse and Ana's deconstruction posts, so when I paid enough attention to realize you are copying them to a blog, I started following you with Reader (after the link to the depression post, of course). But I'm not sure if that is something you can tell. Anyway, you got a lot of traffic to that post because it's a fantastic one, but at least some of us are now reading the other bits, too. :)

  2. I think it does, I get listed as a traffic source.

    What it does, and it's working now, is it tallies up the total number of views to the blog, it tallies up how many times individual pages have been viewed, it tallies up where the viewers came from on the internet, and it tallies up which countries they are in. It also keeps track of operating system and browser (more than half of the pageveiws are from firefox.)

    It does not connect that information in any way. So I can't, for example, see what page was most often viewed by people from Australia.

    It also does not, so far as I can tell, have any way of telling how many people are involved. I can tell how many pages have been viewed by people in the US, but I cannot tell how many people in the US have viewed pages. So I have no idea how many people are actually reading.

    What broke down was the thing that told me which posts were being viewed. So I could see from the non-broken things that I was getting a lot of views, and where they were coming from both in terms of what website sent them here and what part of the world they were in, but I had no info whatsoever on what they were actually looking at. I was hoping that it was still collecting the information and just failing to show it, but now that the problem has been fixed I know that the info was never gathered.

    So, that's the stat counting system I have. It came with the blog, I've considered getting an outside one but I know nothing of such things.

  3. I linked your blog to a friend, so in theory you should have at least two readers from Russia who didn't just wander in randomly ("in theory" because he was too ill at the time to read anything at all).