30,000 Words Every Month

This fact was pointed out to me a few days ago and continues to blow my mind:

  • We produce 30,000 words of edited copy every month at Quick and Dirty Tips.

Thirty thousand words — about half a book or a whole magazine, every month — and I am the only full-time employee.

I’m not saying I do it alone; we have nine other show hosts, regular guest writers, and two freelance copy editors. But I manage those people and also edit nearly every word, and that is a hellofalotta quality copy.

Suddenly it doesn’t seem so weak to need a project management system to keep track of everything, and I don’t feel quite so bad about not answering every e-mail immediately or not being able to keep up the twice-a-week Grammar Girl schedule.

Here’s my tip of the day: step back and think about what you do every day. You may be surprised by the amazing things you accomplish and take for granted.

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2 Responses to 30,000 Words Every Month

  1. Jendi says:

    That should look great on your resume if you ever care to switch jobs. Personally I hope you stick with the job(s) you have now.

  2. Lauren says:

    On a similar note, there’s something to be said for making a list of every task you complete in a day. I try to do this as often as I can to challenge myself when I have one of those days when, even though I have been working, I feel as though I haven’t accomplished anything.