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I'm a sucker for the numbers game. I thought getting to a million views was enough. Suddenly I see another goal. Time was that this would be achieved in 181 days: I posted every day without fail for at least the first year of my OU MA degree. 

I currently post about twice a month. The OU will kill off my blog before I get to 5,000 posts as it is now 18 months since I was doing an OU degree. I think we have three years grace here, after which I will be toppled like a redundant Lenin statue and the next best thing will take over. My former tutor, Christopher Douce who has a far bigger following/readership if you measure it by the audience he gets to far, far fewer posts. He writes long, very long ... you get your money's worth of 2,000 even 3,000 words coverage. 

I tend to be more pithy and self-indulgent. 

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Sunday, 4 May 2014, 11:34

This numbers game is what drove me obsessively to blog between 1999 and 2003/4. Back then being the first to have blogged every day for a year, then two then three. To be the first to blog 1000 words a day for a month and so on, we all thought, meant something. Most potty of all was the 24 hour blogathon I initiated in 2002 where participants had to post 1000 freshly written words an hour for 24 hours. An interesting exercise.

What makes any diarist do it?

There is, after many years, great personal pleasure in looking back: I kept a diary for some twenty years between the age of 13 1/2 and into my early thirties ... with a significant fizzle out I should add when I got engaged and married, only revising the format when the children were planned and born - that not gives me a record of their first actions and words.

As a learning tool it is great too - putting your first ideas here, then building on them means that you can watch how an essay that got a 53 moves to a 63, 73, 83 and beyond. 

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