Walter Block once asked Murray Rothbard how many pages he wrote per day
“His response? ‘M’rech, m’rech. Who keeps count of how much he writes in a day? Only a nut.’
After nagging and pushing (I don’t like to brag, well, too much anyway, but I am nothing if not a world-class nudge) Murray finally answered my query about daily productivity: ‘Eight pages per hour.’
Eight pages per hour? Eight pages per hour? Most reasonably good typists could copy material at only a slightly greater rate of speed. Here he was, creating some of the most stupendous analysis the world has ever known, in practically final draft format (he rarely revised anything) at such an astonishing rate. Probably, the government should have instituted a speed limit for writing that would have applied only to Murray. My most productive day, toiling for about 18 hours, was equal (in quantity only) to slightly less than three of his average hours.”
As marvelous and motivating, if not intimidating, as Murray’s answer is, I can’t help but wonder how such productivity would translate into today’s 24-hour information speedway of blogs and websites?
Granting that the 8 pages per hour were double spaced, will translate the roughly 300 words per page to 2,400 words per hour. According to marketing research, the average blog is less than 249 words (see below)
Therefore, at 249 words per blog and 2400 words per hour, Murray Rothbard would post about 10 blog entries for every hour he wrote
That is, if we could only get him away from his typewriter