When I was originally asked the question about how much I write, I thought it was an odd question. My initial inclination was to say that I’m always writing, but that doesn’t actually address the merits of the question.
I do write a lot, but not all of it is what I’ll call creative writing, which encompasses writing my blogs, writing blogs for others, writing my articles for marketing and promotion purposes, working on my books, writing for webpages, sometimes writing before creating videos, etc. When I think about it though, most of it is. I thought I’d talk about it a little bit, just so y’all can see what I do with myself most of my days, and hopefully you’ll pick up a nugget or two.
Let’s start with my own blogs. I don’t write as much on them as I used to. The first full year of this blog I wrote 300 posts, and 3 months into my 4th year I hit 1,000 articles; ouch!. Not all of them were good articles, but I was writing daily. The same kind of thing happened with my business blog, only it took 7 1/2 years to hit 1,000 there, once again without many being very good.
Over the course of time, my blogging got better and more refined, to the extent that I kept creating new blogs and expanding on what I was writing about. You have to keep writing to start showing improvement, even if you’ve been writing for many years; sometimes it takes a while to find your true writing voice and style.
I used to write two newsletters, one on general business and leadership issues, the other on health care billing issues. I wrote both of them for 10 years. They started out weekly until I started traveling for work, at which point it became a monthly newsletter. Each one was a minimum of 800 words, often getting near 1,500 words each. By the time I stopped writing both of them I had more than 400 articles in total; whew!
I write blog articles for other people here and there. At one point I was writing for 4 other blogs at a time. Blog gigs came and went; the topics were… weird and wild sometimes. lol Some articles were very short because that’s what the owners wanted; some more comprehensive because I knew they’d work better.
One of those blogs I wrote for just over 2 years; it was a wedding blog. I learned a lot about wedding dresses and a lot of other things concerning weddings in general. Most of that took a lot of research; when you write about things you don’t experience, research has to be a big part of it and it’ll take a lot of time to do.
I’ve been writing articles for others for over 2 decades. Not all of them were for blogs; many have ended up in magazines. My latest is on a health care topic that none of y’all will be interested in, but I’m linking to it anyway because I wrote it!
I’ve mentioned writing for marketing and promotional purposes. I do that often on LinkedIn. You can write both articles or posts, but I’ve found posts work better for publicity. Oddly enough they’re shorter, but they take longer to write because of the need to edit to stay under the character count allowed for posts. You find that you get better at communicating with others when you’re forced to be more direct and to the point, and you can only do that if you’re writing a lot.
I write a lot of outlines and write a lot of notes. Some have turned into books; some have turned into presentations. Some I do before I create videos. You have to be ready to write if you’re looking to accomplish things.
You want to know about how much writing one sometimes has to do? By the time you see this article I’ll have written it 2 or 3 weeks ago. I’ve had to try to put together content to sustain my blogs while I’m recovering from shoulder surgery; testing showed me that I won’t be able to do a lot of writing while my arm’s in a padded sling; sigh…
Is it fair to say that writing is my life? How do I get it all done? Some days I plan it out, and other days I just wing it. I’m not sure if this is planned since I’m doing it weeks ahead of it going public. I’m winging it because I came up with a topic I didn’t have to research to write about. What I will say is that at times it’s pretty hard work to write so much. I’m glad I like it enough to keep doing it, and I’m also glad I’ve never had writer’s block.
I encourage anyone who feels like they have something to say or something they want to share with others to write. Heck, even if you want to write for yourself, go out and buy a journal and start writing. Writing can be therapeutic; writing can make you money.
I didn’t cover everything I write or write about. There’s a lot of writing I do that I can’t remember it all. Sometimes I get paid for it; most of the time I don’t. I’ve written well over 6,000 articles since 1999; not bad if you ask me.
Writing can do lots of things for you and others; just write… that’s all I’ve got.
12 thoughts on “How Much Do I Write?”
Enjoyed reading this Mitch. I know you write a lot, but I didn’t realize how much. How old were you in the photo? College age, I’m guessing. Odd not to see a laptop nearby. It’s hard to realize we survived without PCs, isn’t it?
You’re correct Bob, that was from college. I didn’t get that picture until about a year ago, so I didn’t even know it existed until then. I do write a lot, although I’m slowed right now because of my shoulder surgery. But once I’m fully recovered from that I’m going to be writing about as much as I always have. I just have to figure out how to monetize it better, but every day is another chance to start again right? 🙂
You earned your Prolific Writing Badge! 🙂
I remember a few long-form pieces. Perhaps you didn’t want to mention those, but they have potential!
I probably should have, but I was writing a lot before the surgery so I didn’t think of it at the time. I also forgot to mention the lyric and songwriting I used to do, the plays I used to write along with poetry, and multiple journals on different topics on the same days; ouch! I think you saw my recent story about the keys; that was fairly long, probably longer than my meatloaf article from years ago. lol
Meatloaf yes, key, I can’t recall. LOL I didn’t know you wrote plays! That’s cool.
I updated and republished it a few weeks ago: http://www.imjustsharing.com/the-keys/
There are many good lines in this piece, and mostly I love the tone and candor. When you write “Writing can be therapeutic,” it reminds me of one my favorite lines I’ve written (and even bought a URL as a place holder). I say, “Write your piece, Find your peace.” Thank you Mitch for give us a window into what writing has meant to you.
Thanks for commenting Jill. Educate, entertain or inform; that’s my content mantra, and I’m glad to always have something to say and share… which is good if you have a blog titled I’m Just Sharing lol
It’s definitely tricky to work out how much you write if someone asks! I write every day, sometimes all day long, but other days I have a lot of admin that sucks my time, so I don’t get to write even when I want to!
Sometimes I find that admin time consists of lots of writing, even if it’s only responding to email. Over the years I know I’ve changed how I communicate professionally, and I probably owe than to blogging; isn’t that weird!
Wow! You’ve written a lot. I’m a new blogger and just getting into the writing game. My wife has written quite a few articles though.
Overall I think blogging is fun. Thus, I also think writing is fun. The caveat is that it’s fun when you’re doing it for yourself. It’s tough as a career because there are always critics and people who want boring formats. Overall I enjoy myself a lot; good luck!