Anyway, I have some reflections on the whole experience to share but I think you’ll forgive me if I give my fingers a rest and limit my time typing today… Instead, I’ll share a few numbers with you.
Numbers…. Anonymous image courtesy of eltpics
24,440 - words in the entire document including contents sheet, tables, appendices and all that.*
5 - chapters written.
95 - pages in the final version.
26 - tables and figures of research data.
70 - sets of survey responses analysed.
3 - interview and blog analysis participants.
66 - blog posts read, reviewed and analysed.
375 - comments read, reviewed and analysed.
48 - hours spent at the keyboard drafting, redrafting and proof-reading the final text.**
46 - hours spent browsing the web, watching videos and playing games when I should have been doing the above.**
4 - hours spent at one point on getting one table formatted exactly right!
8 - separate number of back-up files I kept (better safe than sorry!)
37 - publications referenced in the text.
31 - publications, articles and book chapters read but not used in the final write-up.
0 - sheets of paper and pens/pencils used.
10 - pints of sweat shed while hunched over my laptop in the middle of a Turkish summer.**
6 - pints of beer drunk in celebration at having finally finished.*
*This total is true at the time of writing but may be subject to revision.
**This total is a wild guess that may be greatly exaggerated or woefully underestimated.
Now, it’s fingers crossed as I face the long agonising wait for results….
Not my fingers… - Image by Terriko