Saturday, October 1, 2016

How Vim Shaped My Writing

Many years ago, when I was a more active blogger, another blogger did a word-frequency analysis of my blog vs other popular blogs in the same niche. They found I had something like three times as many unique words per post as my peers. So they concluded I was a bot, and created a GitHub repo to prove it.

At the time I considered it a compliment to my vocabulary, but what I've realized recently is that it's mostly just a side effect of Vim navigation. By far the most efficient method of getting around in Vim is to search for terms that you know to be unique. I've been using Vim a long time, so I picked up a habit of using as many unique words as possible in my writing.