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Power of a Streak…2,417

That’s How Many Days I Have Written Something…

Without Missing!!

How silly is that? Power outages, sickness, travel, you name it, I have lived it since August 1st 2012 when I started this writing here.

My friend Bill died in August of 2011, so to get back writing a year later after dealing with his estate, I started writing posts here about what I was going to do. And the power of the streak just kept me going.

Often the posts were nothing more than “I’m alive, here is a workshop.”

Other times I have written chapters of books here. And will do that again coming up.

When I count my words for a year, I count what a friend calls “consumable words.” That means I count the words in these posts, my fiction writing, and all introductions to books that I do as well. Consumable words.

I do not count things like responses to comments and emails.

So on this Saturday night, as I work on different projects, including doing some writing on my current novel, I decided to just count the days of the streak.

2,417 days of writing without a miss. That really is just flat amazing.

But just keep in mind that once you get a streak going with your writing, the streak holds power that will drive you to the keyboard at times you would never normally make it. And that adds up.

So keep in mind that I have written every day for the last 2,417 days.

Anyone beat that?


  • Mike Southern

    Dean, I started my golf blog back in August 2009 after I wrote my first golf book. I was told that the more regular my posts were, the better I would rank in Google, so I tried to write at least one post a day. As a result, since August 11, 2009 (a Tuesday), I have posted for 3,613 days straight. (Not always easy to do, but somehow I’ve done it.) And like you, several of my golf books began in those posts.

    Now if I could just write books that regularly…

    • dwsmith

      Wonderful, Mike!! And you know I love golf, since I was a professional for a time, but writing about golf every day for that long just boggles my mind. I bow to you, sir. Wow!

  • D J Mills

    I have read your blog for 2417 days. Wow!
    And the things I have learnt from reading your blog each day have all helped me with my writing and publishing.
    So, thank you.

  • Emilia

    I’ve only started counting writing days, but it is working. I’m also doing a streak with healthy habits and it’s giving me more energy. I was inspired by your Remaining Focused pop-up.