Fandango’s Provocative Question (17 February 2021)

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Today’s Provocative Question, Fandango asks:

How many hours, on average, do you spend per day (or per week) on blogging-related activities? And, what do you think you might do with your time if you didn’t spend it on those blogging-related activities?

I reckon about 2-3 hours per day reading/listening to posts, probably an hour first thing, an hour in the evening, and bits in between. After that, it depends how many times I post. A lot of my regular posts, I have templates for, so I just need to worry about the actual content. A one-off post will normally take longer, deciding on categories, graphics etc. Even a minimal post generally takes at least half an hour, by the time I’ve edited it and proof-read it. I’m not into any of these “stream of consciousness” prompts, it might not seem like it, but I like to polish the post a bit before it goes live.

And I’m posting a couple of times a day at the moment.

One of the most time-consuming posts, actually, is my Who Won The Week post. Particularly at the moment, I’m finding decent quirky stories are quite thin on the ground, and I’m having to read through a lot of news sites to find something to write about.

As for how else I spend my time, I’m glad you asked. Here is what I am doing at the moment. As you can see, it is “work in progress”. My plan is to finish it this afternoon. It is lunchtime now.

This is the app I’m working on at the moment. Just a little database app where people can record what meds they are on. What you see is a document that they could give to someone if they wanted to share that information.

The thing about this document is that I wrote the code for it, mostly from scratch, so the document can be generated whenever the user needs it, with whatever meds they happen to have listed. They don’t need to fart around with word processors or the like.

Incidentally, I’m probably only a month or two from putting this project live so I’ll post again when it’s ready. It’ll be free but I’m sorry to all you SmartPhone users, it’ll be for Windows (because that’s what I know).

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

18 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question (17 February 2021)”

  1. Good looking app. I hand write my list now and any changes mess up the original so I’m constantly rewriting it. I’m in for a copy when its complete. Thanks for developing it.

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  2. So, unh, now I call you “Sir Big Brother Bump” the dewd who has his finger on my pulse (so to speak) and my meds on his server. Do find your recap of “blog-time” activity most enlightening.

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  3. I did’t know you made apps. Your blogging is organized, too. 🙂 You give wonderful comments, so thank you for taking your time to connect. I’m more like a creative elephant blogger stomping around with no idea in the morning what I might post.

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    1. Are you working at the moment or furloughed? During our first lockdown (around Mar-Sep last year) I spent a lot of time blogging, but that stopped in September, I picked up my “things” again and force myself to do a day’s work.
      But, working from home can mean I keep odd hours, working at maybe 7AM or 8PM. Wqually, it might be on the weekend, if the fancy takes me.

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      1. I’m working as a Reading Specialist right now, so some of my clients wanted to work online during lockdown and others not so much. So, my work fluctuates, but this upcoming fall I may be busier depending on if I take a job with one of the schools or libraries. I love blogging already, but I really want to finish my novel and see that in print.

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        1. There are plenty of people on here with horror stories about both publishing and self-publishing. I once thought of self-publishing some of my limericks but it is work and people make very little from self-published material.

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