Ma'ayan Plaut

Manager, Social Strategy & Projects at Oberlin College.
Photog, foodie, teacher, Oberlin alum.
(My own) thoughts & things live here.

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As I publish this, it’s 50,952 words, broken down into 1,548 tweets (averaging 22 words per tweet) and 16,209 words from blog posts across the webteam blog, the Oberlin blogs, this blog/site, and my food blog. But that doesn’t matter to me (though it’s sort of a cool number to look at, I suppose).

What does matter is this:

- I wrote some stuff this month.

- It was fun!

- I am a bad estimator of how many things I will write and where. I also don’t care about that fact in this context, because inspiration is a better thing than forcing content.

- I thought about what it takes for me to write, and that it is okay to not write all the time.

- I wrote some things that are incomplete/unpublished. They may be revisited, they may not. The important thing is that they were written at all. 

- There are some things I wrote this month that are secrets, or undeveloped, or developed but need some additional time to become relevant. That’s also okay by me.

- Part of the reason I write is to share. Part of the reason I love to read is because someone else took the time to put something down to share and it was shared with me. I like to be a part of that cycle, which is why I like to write.

- I realized that reading more (and making a more conscious act of reading) also helps me write, but making the decision of spending time on writing versus reading is almost always trumped by writing. I like to make things. Reading makes thoughts. Thoughts make writing. ROI of each? Do they compare or complement? I’m not sure.

- I am probably proudest of my content audit (and strategy) of Thanksgiving leftovers, since it involved so many things I love all at once. I am very proud of my ability to write about food from a number of angles, and it was fully embodied in that post.

- The hardest thing to write was The Best Camera… because it was the most personal thing I’ve written in a while. (I mean, everything I write is personal, but that one was probably the most introspective of late.)

- While it’s not my preferred method of doing things, many of my posts began on my phone. When it came to my food blog, all of my posts originated and were posted via my phone, in most cases while something was cooking or right after I ate. Turn-around time was critical for me actually getting my food blog is active again. (Thank goodness.)

- I wrote two relatively long and involved posts on the webteam blog (one on making content more social, the other on creating and managing your online self). I’m quite pleased with both of them, but each of them had a moment of “hitting the wall” while writing that forced me to come back a few days later to wrap it up properly. Why doesn’t that matter here in this space, where I regularly write posts and publish in one sitting? Because this is a place for process not product, I suppose. The webteam blog is for my job, where I’m supposed to be confident and assured in what I’m doing. I’m supposed to have solid answers, which is ironic because it’s very hard to have solid answers in a space that changes so often. And yet I strive to be timely and timeless with everything I write. That’s hard to do and incredibly hard to do in one sitting. Sometimes there has to be a bit of distance so that timelessness can happen.

I liked doing #digiwrimo this month, if only for the sole reason that it made me think quite a bit more about the role of writing in any number of contexts that I write in. It wasn’t about numbers, it was about taking stock (mmm stock, delicious delicious stock) in what’s going on with me when I decide to put words down to share, either with me or with everyone else.