This is my 100th post. Don’t count, just trust me. WordPress told me it’s true, so it must be–the Internet never lies. In celebration of this accomplishment (?), I’ve calculated how much time I’ve spent on this endeavor and, because time is nothing if not money, how much I could have made if I had spent this time working, or if this exercise paid in cold, hard, cash (the only kind).
Supposing I am sufficiently inspired, it takes about 30 to 45 minutes to write a single post. I’m including in this calculation about 10 to 20 minutes of performing other random tasks because I am incapable of funneling my concentration into one activity at a time. I’m not including about 10 to 15 minutes of professional-level editing and grammar checking. Nothing destroys my faith in today’s generation quite like their miserable spelling and grammatical skills. And that’s being kind. How are we supposed to defeat terrorism, find a solution to global warming, stimulate and ensure sustainable economic growth, and/or deal with our national debt if these kids can’t even bother to use periods and capitalize proper nouns–not to mention the beginning of God damn sentences! Heated. I may be behind the times but I’m fairly certain our government’s preferred means of communication is still complete sentences, either transcribed into an acceptable form of recording, or whispered straight to the ear of God, who obviously wasn’t listening this last election cycle but nevertheless appreciates grammatically correct sentence construction. Nevermind the issue of revitalizing our failed education system. On that matter, it’s obvious we’re already fucked.
But I’m getting further away from the point, assuming this post has one (it does, wait for it). I would say, 45 to 60 minutes a post, all things considered, sounds about right. With 100 posts, we’re looking at approximately 75 to 100 hours that I’ve spent writing. In terms I, and maybe you, are more likely to appreciate, that’s about $2,175 to $2,900 over the course of the last three months. So, in case you were trying to place a value on this blog, worthless though you may think it, it’s about $3,000, or its many equivalents, which include an international plane ticket, a new but definitely pre-used and old jalopy, a trip to Silverton Mountain, and countless other things that I have chosen not to purchase as a showing of commitment to this blog. Granted, my math may be wrong, and I may have not posted for a few days (or weeks) but I’m committed and that gets me almost halfway there already. So stay with me readers. I’m relatively expensive, and therefore relatively worth it.