We live in an age obsessed by figures and statistics. The corporate, capitalist world of business has seeped into every corner of our lives and our achievements are all about quantity. You have a blog: how may hit does it get? You posted something on Facebook: how many likes and shares has it had? How many friends or followers have you got, how many retweets?
My brain is predisposed to counting pointless things, so this really does bring out the worst in me. So how am I doing? What have I been doing?
For me, April 2015 looked like this:
Music reviews written / published: 51
Books read: 4
Book reviews published: 1
Live concerts attended: 6
Hand-dryers photographed: 5
Rage Monologues written: 4
Rage monologues spoken word performances given: 0 (3 booked, all cancelled for various reasons, none of my doing)
Words added to novel-in-progress: 3,512
May 2015: must try harder.