The difference between being a high school student and a 40-something blogger: Word count.
Even though good writers everywhere know brevity is the soul of wit, high school (and college) teachers demand papers of certain length, thereby tempting said students to pad prose, widen margins and stuff white space between lines.
I helped my Adored Stepson with a college application statement yesterday and a compare/contrast paper today, and I was thrust into a world where meaning dragged around a ball-and-chain of word count. Meanwhile, I’m dreadfully behind on my NaNoWriMo goals. Oh, how painful it was to write 3,200 words today. Toward the end, I was counting every two dozen additions. Awful slavery.
Bloggers, thankfully, may write only as much as they want and then they quit.