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December 07, 2005

It's Fuddy-Duddy Time

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

The Blowhards -- at least a few of us -- are part of a very exclusive club: "Only 0.3 percent of the Internet's estimated 53.4 million bloggers are age 50 or older." (Source: AARP Bulletin -- where else? -- citing a Perseus survey.)

Adding slightly to those unimpressive numbers, The Spectator now has a blog.



posted by Michael at December 7, 2005


...that's still 160,200 half-centurians blowing out our bilge tanks for any and all within reading distance. But whine and age do go together smoothly, don't they?

Posted by: DarkoV on December 7, 2005 5:06 PM

Well, it hardly needs to be said...

We elders practicing the art of the blog bring the wisdom of the ages with us.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on December 7, 2005 5:58 PM

Or not.

Posted by: Laxpat on December 7, 2005 6:08 PM

Maybe I notice them more because I'm 52 myself, but there are several on my blogroll about the same age as me: Charles Hill (Dustbury), Bill Quick (Daily Pundit), Richard Bennett, and one or two more my aging brain can't think of right now. Steven Den Beste, now pretty much retired, is also my age, give or take a year. In other words, over-50s are fairly well-represented among bloggers I'm familiar with. There are quite a few others getting very close to 50, e.g. Terry Teachout. The really big drop-off comes at 55: offhand I can't think of any blogger that old, though there may be some who won't admit it.

Posted by: Dr. Weevil on December 7, 2005 7:19 PM

Weevil sez: The really big drop-off comes at 55: offhand I can't think of any blogger that old, though there may be some who won't admit it.

Er, um. Eh. Mumble, mumble. Like, uh, I'm 66 and, er, grudgingly admit it.

Posted by: Donald Pittenger on December 7, 2005 8:00 PM

Grateful for your bold leadership, Donald, I'll reveal I'm 61. And a half.

Posted by: Bob Garlitz on December 7, 2005 8:26 PM

Mr. Pittenger, if you're 66 then life ahead looks damn good and I can't wait.
Please don't tell me you're on some macrobiotic diet that doesn't allow for any wine-drinking. I don't think I could make that life conversion.

Posted by: DarkoV on December 7, 2005 10:45 PM

Darko -- Lemme see. I mostly eat from The Basic Food Groups for people descended from residents of Ohio -- meat and potatoes. But I'm only good for one glass of wine, max, at dinner; three will surely give me a hangover, so even two I consider risky.

Posted by: Donald Pittenger on December 7, 2005 10:53 PM

I turn 52 in a couple of weeks, so I guess I'm the whippersnapper around here. And you know what? Inside, I still feel like a 14 year old boy! Stiff joints, achey muscles, forgetfulness, and a complete lack of energy excepted, of course.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on December 8, 2005 12:37 AM

Thank for reassuring comments, gentlemen - my heart sunk when I read this post. Never had much fondness for puppies.

Darko, it's a gene connection: Ohio gene=meat+potatoes; Zagreb gene=wine+peppers; me- I'm the Citizen of the World.

MB: don't forget to quote this comment when praising yoga next time.

Posted by: Tatyana on December 8, 2005 11:15 AM

I am approaching 56 years old, and I have buried two wives.

And, yes, I blog.

I often encounter the assumption that a man of my age should not be technologically savvy.

My first job after graduation from the University of Illinois in 1971 was at the Center for Advanced Computation, where we built one of the first supercomputers, the ILLIAC IV, later sold to NASA. You might remember that HAL, the computer in "2001 a Space Oddesey" was supposedly built in our labs.

I have three and a half decades of experience in the computer biz. In my 40s, I earned a advanced degree from N.Y.U. in multimedia technology. I constantly encounter age discrimination in the marketplace from kids who yammer endlessly about their devotion to "diversity." However, what seems to bother people most about me is that I am not gay.

It is thought to be axiomatic that any male with "designer" in his job title must be gay.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on December 8, 2005 11:46 AM

Older bloggers at least blog in relatively grammatical, understandable english. That's a big plus for fuddy duddies.

Posted by: ricpic on December 9, 2005 11:40 AM

I'm 57 and I blog. I plan to quit when I grow up and get a real job. In the meantime, I will be having easy going fun while doing my own thing in my own time.

Posted by: Lynn on December 9, 2005 12:28 PM

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