Most of my posts are pretty short: maybe 250 words or so. The other day, I began to wonder how long the average post is so I wrote a few lines of Elisp code and just executed it in the scratch buffer.
Here's the code:
(let ((posts 0) (words 0)) (mapc (lambda(p) (with-temp-buffer (insert-file-contents p) (goto-char 1) (setq words (+ words (how-many "\\w+"))) (setq posts (1+ posts)))) (directory-files "~/org/blog" t ".*\\.org")) (format "Total words: %s, Average per Post: %s" words (/ words posts)))
As you can see there's nothing special in it. The only points worthy of note are the use of
with-temp-buffer and =insert-file-contents instead of
find-file, a trick I learned from Xah Lee, and the use of
directory-files, which is a nice way of getting a list of files satisfying some regex.
When I run the code I get
Total words: 362460, Average per Post: 303
so my posts are a bit longer than I thought. It's also interesting that in the 3 years I've been posting to Irreal, I've written about 360,000 words or 120,000 words a year. That's about a novel's worth of words a year. Now if I could only write a novel.