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A peek behind the scenes

This is a bit "inside baseball" stuff about how I do my blogging, so if you're not the least bit curious, feel free to skip this piece.

At The Day Job, the one that pays the bills (mostly), I have an extremely irregular schedule. In fact, I'm lucky if I work the same hours twice a week. Since I have no life and have been with the company over 20% of my time on earth (god, that's depressing), I get plugged into the schedule wherever they need me.

Further, I'm a morning person. (Yes, I'm one of those. If folks didn't have enough reasons to hate me, there's another.) I usually wake up between 4 and 5 every morning, even on my days off. Since I almost never have to leave before 7:30, that means I do most of my blogging before work.

For example, yesterday I started writing pieces for the day around quarter to five, and finished the fourth one shortly after 8. That was wonderful for my productivity, but meant that two of my pieces sat "in the can" for three and six hours respectively. And since I rarely get online at work (maybe 20 minutes or so halfway through the day), that means they couldn't get updated if circumstances changed.

Today -- Friday -- is even odder. I have to leave for work by 5:30, so I'm writing a couple pieces Thursday evening. It's almost 9:30, and I'll probably write one more before bed. I'll have to make sure it's less "timely," but sometimes things get weird.

Comments (14)

Well, I'm up at 4am, too, g... (Below threshold)

Well, I'm up at 4am, too, generally every day. 4-7am is when I do most of my blog reading for the day, so I'm usually a day behind everybody else. But again, not many people responding to comments in that time frame, so I've got comment threads to myself.

Friendly suggestion -- fewe... (Below threshold)

Friendly suggestion -- fewer posts, and fewer words. Your posts lately have been on the longish side.

Self-editing is tough, but spend more time on fewer posts, and edit, edit, edit the posts down.

Lee:Unfriendly sug... (Below threshold)
Red Fog:


Unfriendly suggestion -- fewer posts, and fewer words.


I was going to nominate thi... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

I was going to nominate this as the Most Boring post I've seen all day, but when I saw that Lee commented it moved to the Most Tedious column.

Self-editing is tough...... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Self-editing is tough...

And you practice this how?

Thanks for the laugh, Chief Wizbang! Moonbat!

Jay,I'm deathly cu... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:


I'm deathly curious as to what The Day Job is. You're like Tom Hanks' character, Capt. Miller in "Saving Private Ryan"--we're all (or at least me) wondering what it is that you do "back in the world".

I'm fairly certain it's not a school teacher.

"And you practice this h... (Below threshold)

"And you practice this how?"

When I blog I always reduce what I've written by a third or half by condensing and editing down. I'm always amazed at how, with some work, you can say just as much with fewer words, and be more precise in the process.

Blaa blaaa I reduce blaa bl... (Below threshold)
Red Fog:

Blaa blaaa I reduce blaa blaa blaa with fewer words blaa blaa blaa. - Lee

Hey, that kinda works but shows you're redundant. Now what? What now?

Yes, "precise" vitriolic-fi... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Yes, "precise" vitriolic-filled dribble.

drivel, not dribble ... et ... (Below threshold)
Red Fog:

drivel, not dribble ... et tu, Brute?

According to m-w.com both a... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

According to m-w.com both are defined as: "to let saliva trickle from the corner of the mouth".

Though I like the baby/child-like connotation of "dribble" because it's apropos.

Peter F.,So, let it ... (Below threshold)
Red Fog:

Peter F.,
So, let it be dribble but Lee's mouth is more akin to an over capacity sewage pipe to me.

Is it a coincidence your ti... (Below threshold)

Is it a coincidence your title precedes the current caption contest?

Jay Tea - don't tell them w... (Below threshold)

Jay Tea - don't tell them what the day job is - you'd have to kill them.






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