Dakota Free Press fielded 26,205 approved comments (and a not insignificant number of spam and inadmissible anonymous comments) from approximately 700 distinct individuals in 2019. Who among you had the most to say in 2019?
I calculate the total word count by counting characters in all approved comments and dividing by 5.1, the average length of words in English. By that formula, excluding my comments, you commenters produced 2.14 million words, a 1.6% increase from 2018. For the year, that’s the equivalent of 33.15 novels (using the 64,531 words in Brave New World as our conversion figure).
Debbo jumped into the top commenting spot this year, writing almost 260,000 words. Seven other commenters—Jerry, Bearcreekbat, Porter Lansing, John Dale, Donald Pay, Mike from Iowa, and Robert McTaggart—each contributed over 100,000 words to the Dakota Free Press conversation.
The names remain similar but the order changes when we ignore length and just count separate comments:
41 of you hit the “Post Comment” button more than 50 times in 2019. Debbo led this count, too, with 3,164 comments (that’s 8.7 a day!). Mike posted 2,350. Porter, Jerry, John D., and Robert each posted over 1,000 comments; Bear, Grudz, Donald, Leslie, Roger, and O each broke 500.
For my part, I wrote a calculated 247,203 words in the comment section—3.8 novels’ worth of updates, questions, and responses to your comments. That’s on top of writing 1270 blog posts with over 1.11 million calculated words—17.2 novels. The 5.1 characters/word factor may be a bit low for my blog posts, since my posts also include a lot of HTML for links, tables, images, and other code tricks, but those elements take time to produce, just like words. Keeping things simple, everything I wrote on this blog in 2019 calculates out to just over 21 Aldous Huxley-sized novels… or a novel every two and a half weeks.
But for all my typing, you all still wrote 57% more than I did on this blog in 2019.