Monday, September 6, 2010

August stats

How did it get to be September already? Eek.

August was a productive month, despite settling into the new digs after a move and having a few houseguests:

Letters
55

Postcards
59

Total output
114

I received 64 items in August. 18 of them were Postcrossing postcards, and 18 of the items I sent were Postcrossing postcards. (If you're supposed to receive as many postcards as you send on Postcrossing, how come I'm perpetually an unlucky 13 behind? I've currently sent 202 and received 189, and ever since they've been sending monthly stats reports, I've received as many as I've sent. Something is missing here.)

On 4 mail-delivery days in August, I received nothing at all - 3 on Tuesdays and 1 on a Friday. That's pretty big for me... I don't ever recall having as many days in a month where I received nothing, but... I've mused recently about mail speed and delivery changes, so head on over to that post if you want to muse along with me.

Well, for once my output is significantly above my input. I expect that to change right away, as my life gets uber-busy again in September. Uber-busier than ever... I'm going to drop my average (average, folks - not guaranteed) letter/postcard response time back to 4 months now, as I've been responding to a bunch of May stuff lately and I still have things in the pile back to March. So. There you have it, I'm not even going to pretend like I'm ever going to catch up, and I'm definitely not going to be able to keep up with even some of the people that I've written in the past. Life gets intense and I don't know what else to say about it except I wish I could be one of those people who needs only 4 hours of sleep a night - then I could write a LOT more letters! But alas, I am one of those people who really needs 9 hours of sleep a night but generally survives on 7 or 8... but I digress. Them's the stats, and I might be able to squeeze out another postcard before dinner if I blog off now.

Prior monthly stats and commentary:
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April and March 2010

4 comments:

  1. Good luck with the fall! Hope your workload remains manageable and your letter pile doesn't become daunting. I know what you mean about sleep! Sometimes I feel like I'm wasting so much time asleep, yet I couldn't really run on less!

    Also, I hope that you are still enjoying receiving and sending letters. Would hate to see it become a chore for you. Best of luck!

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  2. P.S. I disappeared there for a while because my computer crashed (it remained completely dead in the last three weeks before my thesis was due--talk about stress and heavy workloads!). But I missed your blog during that time. And gained an even deeper appreciation of the handwritten word :)

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  3. Thanks for your kind comments, Eliza. My mail pile has long since been daunting, but I'm doing well with keeping letter-writing a joy rather than a chore (by not frantically churning out meaningless replies, mostly).

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  4. happy new year Ilona! forgot to get a postcard in the mail so I figured I'd just wish it here, take care.

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