Digital Writing Month: Taking the Plunge

This is a belated post about my first week of Digital Writing Month.  (www.digitalwritingmonth.com)  I signed up, because I realized lately that between various digital projects (including websites) and grant applications for digital projects, I was doing a lot of digital writing.  I thought I’d see if I’d actually get to 50,000 words.

There’s a substantial digiwrimo community out there, which I’m not really tapped into. I registered on the site, and I liked the Facebook page, but I haven’t participated in any of the collaborative projects.  In part because I’m a loner at heart, in part because I’m simply so swamped with work, that the collaborative poem, novel, and other projects, are a luxury I can’t afford.  But I love that the community’s out there, even though I’m not really involved.  Knowing that it’s out there makes a difference.

I set up some guidelines for what “counts” as digital writing.  These are totally idiosyncratic to me:
⁃    coding in websites or other digital projects (like XML files, GIS files, etc.) count only if I actually muck about with the code.  Writing a blog entry like this, which I just type in or paste in as text into the WordPress interface counts for the words of text, but I don’t count the code, since I didn’t muck with the code.
⁃    writing about digital projects in grant proposals and conference presentations counts as digital writing
⁃    email most definitely does not count
⁃    twitter and fb should count, but I’m not sure I will be able to literally count them
⁃    significant editing to a file means counting all the edited section a second (or third or whatever time).  Purists might quibble with this, but editing code or text means significant changes, it’s re-writing, and re-writing is writing.

During week 1, I wrote I don’t know how many words — the count will have to come tomorrow– on websites, grant proposals, XML files.  I’m going to try to track them through word clouds, which I’ll post here.

Digiwrimo word count:  341

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