There are many a data analyst out there saying 'track everything'. They've got a point. Once you have the data, you start to understand, you don't just think you understand. You see patterns, you see numbers, and all of a sudden the abstract becomes concrete. It's a bitch of a thing to do most of the time, that's why data is so hot right now, but it's well worth it. It makes you smarter, supposedly...or, actually.
I've never done an audit on all the things I've written about. But I do wish I had the data. How many times did I pick a certain theme, use certain words, stuff like that. I just don't know. All I can do is approximate.
I know I've written a lot about culture and politics.
I've written about the places I've visited.
About art, whether we're talking literature, film, visual art.
I've written about food. I love food so I'll write about it.
I've written about sex, also because I love it. Some erotica, too. But mostly about the dynamic of sex within culture(s).
Short stories, fiction of all types. Never finish anything, but I can get started better than anyone out there. I have an entire folder on 'opening sentences'.
Wrote some poetry. I don't even think it's that bad.
I've written about people; famous people, people I know. Just stuff that struck my fancy. Written to people as well, plenty of stuff. I express myself better in writing (also it's nice to go on uninterrupted) so my emails can drag on.
I've written about products. About software. Documentation, blogs, press releases.
Product specs, do those too. A lot. Pretty boring but actually useful as opposed to most other writing I do.
I don't think I've ever really written about love. Or hate. Never really got into emotion in general. Maybe I'm not emo enough, maybe I don't know enough about feelings and I just don't understand emotions...I'm cold blooded, man.
But I've written about relationships. It amazes me that families - the tightest of units- begin with two people who are/were at some point complete and utter strangers. That's worth writing about.
Have written reviews on Amazon and TripAdvisor and stuff. I take pride in those. I want to help people through them. I want my reviews to make up somebody's mind. That's important in the review world.
And...I once had a chance to write for a porn site. I'd put an ad craigslist back in the day, 'Writer for hire', something like that. A reply comes in, "Want to write for my site?"
"What kind of content, what's the site?" I reply back.
I didn't respond a second time. Maybe I should've, I'm sure I could come up with some really creative titles if I wanted to.
Of course there is more, but since I don't track it and I don't have any real data...who am I to say?