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To Count or Not To Count?


Herb’s blog, Herbdate 22082-652:
I’ve been noticing that several of the bloggers I follow number their posts. I’m thinking about doing that but I haven’t decided on a good system yet. As you may recall, almost 11 months and 13 days or 348 days ago, I declared that I was going to post something every single day for the rest of whatever time I am allotted on earth and able to blog. From that time until now I have made 351 posts which leaves me three days ahead. If I do enough extra posts I can take a vacation, maybe? Nah, I enjoy doing it and the discipline of doing it every day has been good for me.

The thing is, how do I want to number them? I have a couple of different ways to go about it. The most direct, of course, would be to just start at the beginning, but when I started the streak seems like such a significant point, that it should be number 1. But that doesn’t feel right, either. I overthink a lot of things and this appears to be one of them. But, like today there are two posts, which is unusual for me, but would one be 352a and this 352b? Or would I do it by the actual day number, for instance, this is day 203 of 2020, so, 203a and 203b? Then how to differentiate the year? Maybe use a Julian style date like we used in the shop office in the Army? Year and day, today would be 2020203 but last year July 21 would have been 2019202 (because of leap year this year.). Well, it could be written as 20203 and 19202. So 20203a or 20203-1?

Something, perhaps unrelated and perhaps slightly more important, has come up, though. Okay, so, I’ve mentioned here before that I follow the blog of a guy named Seth Godin. He’s the one who inspired the whole blogging everyday thing for me. I don’t think he meant to, exactly, he was just making a point, but I took it seriously. Well, the other day he challenged my mind again. In a post called The 100 Hour Asset, he makes the statement that “If you invest 100 hours in a rare skill, you’re likely to acquire it.” He goes on to say that if you spend a thousand hours, just twenty hours a week for a year, learning something and you are in a whole different category. I have tried and tried to shake this message and I can’t quite get rid of the notion.

There are a lot of things I like. What if I devoted that amount of time to something? How many hours would it really take to do some of the things I want to learn?



42 responses to “To Count or Not To Count?”

  1. Ishaan Sharma Avatar

    Starting the numbering back from hundreds of posts must take a long time to do, in my opinion. Or is there a feature I am unaware of? I hear WP . org gives you more options than wp . com. (Left spaces as Askimet doesn’t like l i n k s).

    1. Herb Avatar

      Ah. Well, no, in this instance .org doesn’t really help. It would just have to be sheer stubbornness on my part, lol.

      1. Ishaan Sharma Avatar

        Haha. It must take quite some effort. Maybe you could number the day of week? Like M-108 for 108th Monday post etc. Not sure if that is a good idea.

        1. Herb Avatar

          I’m not even sure if I will do it, but you’re right, that’s as good an idea as any.

          1. Lydia Avatar


  2. Petra Avatar

    Personally I never got the point of numbering posts.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Well, me either, except it is interesting to me on a certain level.

    2. pendantry Avatar

      I’m with you, Petra! WordPress already ‘numbers’ posts; it pops the year/month/day in the URL automagically, and I’m a lazy type, adding more numbers seems like overkill.

      Having said that, I do like the ‘Herbdate’, though: it’s quirky, imaginative and distinctive. Not necessarily in that order πŸ™‚

  3. swabby429 Avatar

    I’ve been writing posts every day since February 2011. It was a decision I made on my own, because I know that if I slack off, it is a pain to reengage with a constructive practice. This is not something I do in the pursuit of kudos. It’s more or less a mental exercise in discipline.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Well, I think it’s the discipline of it that helps me the most, even in unrelated areas.

    2. pendantry Avatar

      Wow, I’m impressed! Hmm… Presumably your daily posts aren’t all on the same site? Blue Jay Blog doesn’t appear to have a post every day. Or am I missing something?

      BTW you may want to investigate why your blog is currently inaccessible via https: I’m getting “An error occurred during a connection to PR_END_OF_FILE_ERROR”.

  4. Lydia Avatar

    All the “fancy” ways of being “professional” in blogging just doesn’t appeal to me. I like the simple way of doing things.

    But you should really take a vacation… that would be cool… and take your followers with you…..🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

    1. Herb Avatar

      Well, you could help me pull weeds. That’s as much of a vacation as I can afford at this point.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      1. Lydia Avatar

        😲😲😲 that is so mean!!!
        I’d do it if I could have a cup of coffee with you.

        1. Herb Avatar

          That sounds like a plan πŸ‘.

          1. Lydia Avatar

            But you’ll have to wait 4 years. I won’t be able to do it before I leave for college next month, but after 4 years of Bible college, I can see myself doing that for a vacation.

            1. Herb Avatar

              Those weeds are gonna be mighty thick by that time.

              1. Lydia Avatar

                πŸ˜‚ I’ve never pulled weeds and I don’t know how, so I don’t know what I’m talking about.
                Thought it might be a good time to learn though. Sounds cool… I think.

                1. Herb Avatar

                  You’ve never pulled weedsβ€½β€½β€½β€½β€½ I’m gonna have to call your dad. He needs to know that he needs to teach you how to do important chores.

                  1. Lydia Avatar

                    Good grief. I don’t get why you would call him… there’s never been a need to pull weeds, so big deal.
                    Too late to start now anyway. I’m 18 and a half. The age of freedom… forever. I worked so long and hard to get to this point in my life.

                    1. Herb Avatar

                      Hahahahaha! Enjoy your delusion of freedom while it lasts.

                    2. Lydia Avatar

                      It’s really not that bad. I did learn how to build a house from the ground up which I did not enjoy one bit! I can clean a house and cook too. Just because gardening wasn’t apart if my childhood doesn’t mean I’m stupid.
                      I could tell you what my childhood days were like if ya wanna know.
                      As far as the freedom part of it – that came from my 20 year old brother so yeah.

                    3. Herb Avatar

                      I have never thought for even a second that you were stupid.

                    4. Lydia Avatar

                      Ok. I just wanted to make sure you knew that I was taught somethings and I have some skill.

                    5. Herb Avatar

                      Yes ma’am πŸ‘

                    6. Lydia Avatar

                      So, back to where we started, I’ll be more than glad to pull weeds for you. You’ll just have to teach me how.

                    7. Herb Avatar


                    8. Herb Avatar

                      But they still will be overgrown by the time you get here.

                    9. Lydia Avatar

                      πŸ™„πŸ˜I don’t know what to say then!!!!

                    10. Herb Avatar


  5. Amber Avatar


    1. Herb Avatar

      What part is “logically?”

  6. badfinger20 (Max) Avatar
    badfinger20 (Max)

    You got me curious…
    I had a little over a year going until last July and a kidney stone knocked me out for a week…So far I’ve posted every day since July 9, 2019, until today…which if the internet doesn’t lie…which we know it never does… that would be 378 days.

    It does take a lot of discipline.

    1. Herb Avatar

      First, thanks for taking the time to visit and comment. You’re right. But, as I told someone, I think the discipline is good for me.

      1. badfinger20 (Max) Avatar
        badfinger20 (Max)

        My pleasure Herb. The discipline is good for me also.
        I started off doing a post a month…then I realized…I have to give it my all if it was going to work…I’ve learned a lot about myself doing it.

        1. Herb Avatar

          That is another benefit, for sure.

  7. dumbestblogger Avatar

    I like the military system. It would be very interesting, and different from what other people are doing.

    1. Herb Avatar

      I haven’t really decided, yet, but I did like it too. Kinda quirky.

      1. Ashley Avatar

        Quirky is you in a nutshell

        1. Herb Avatar

          Thanks! That’s the nicest thing anyone has said to me all day.

  8. dr universe Avatar

    The military system seems pretty interesting!

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Cool idea. That’s two votes.

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