Sunday, January 18, 2009

Signs That You're a Blogging Geriatric

  • Your blogroll could aptly be titled, "Our Fallen Comrades...Lest We Forget."

  • You still have a blogroll...and you can't update it because you don't remember your Blogrolling password.

  • The word "Bitacle" still makes shivers run down your spine.

  • Checking Bloglines makes you feel like your grandmother reading the newspaper: you turn first to the obituaries to see who's the latest to close up shop.

  • Whenever you write a post, you have the vague feeling that maybe you've said exactly these things before, but you can't remember when.

  • You have a few sharp-eyed readers who will actually remember the post where you used exactly those words and ideas two years ago.

  • Having resisted the lure of Facebook, you're now stodgily refusing to open up a Twitter account. (Are they even called accounts? I can't keep up with all the lingo you kids speak these days.)

  • You've outgrown the urge to update your blog template every season. Instead, you're all, "If this orange-and-brown colour scheme looked good in 2006, that's good enough for me."

  • If there were a Wii Fit for blogging, you're pretty sure you'd clock in at around 78 years of age.

What about you? What's your age in bloggy years?

30 comments:

ewe are here said...

Leaning towards geriatric, myself, since I don't Twitter, My Space or Facebook either.

I did manage to update my rather out of date blogroll about ten days ago,though... took off a few years!
;-)

Mary G said...

I have managed to figure out some of Facebook, but Twitter -- scary.
I'm using the Google Blogger 'Following' feature, which automatically updates your blogroll posts and is easy enough that even I can manage most of it. A few blogs will not load though; no idea why. Is there a term for software challenged?

metro mama said...

101. Though I am a Twitter convert. Much less taxing than blogging. And less whiney.

Susanne said...

Yep, geriatric, too. With my color scheme the funny thing is that I tinker with it all the time, like, twice a month, and in the end I go back to the same I had before...

As for your blogroll, since you're on bloglines you can get a little widget-thingy there that shows what you're reading, no updates necessary. (Additional Features: share)

I'm with you on the obituaries, but what's bitacle? (I'll google it, don't bother.)
But you really should join us on twitter, it's fun, all the people whose blogs you're reading are there...

And I really don't mind if you're saying things you said before, I do it all the time, in real life too. this isn't a novel, it's a blog.

Patois said...

It's more than the human:dog ratio, right? Ten years for every year of blogging? So I guess I'm fairly young. Old enough to legally drink, but not yet to the big 3-0.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me many of your fallen bloggers are too hard on themselves. It is okay to let time pass between posts; seems to me you have struck a great balance between life and blogging and building a new home in your spare time.

It is hard for me not to take bloggers' breaks from writing personally, like "was it me?" and then, "What am I supposed to read now"???

Great post.

(Your) Anon

Sue said...

The fallen comrades thing made me laugh out loud. So true. (I hear Beck is on her way back though.)

I finally gave into FB, but am resisting the lure of Twitter.

Mad said...

I am a geriatric in so many ways. I find it hard to get worked up about anything anymore. Does the blogosphere even have issues worth getting one's knickers in a twist about? Does motherhood? Does life?

Facebook I could take or leave but the family is on it and I like having that tie to them.

I do like twitter a lot but only as a means of staying in touch with all those bloggy obituaries in their after life. Seriously, Twitter is a great place to chat. I don't get people who are building Twitter empires, though. It seems awful hollow in an empty sound byte sort of way.

If you do come to Twitter, I promise to show you the ropes.

cinnamon gurl said...

Oh, Bea, this is hilarious and so, so true.

And you know what? I think of you almost every day when I log on to twitter, wishing you were there. Eureka! THAT's what I meant to email you about! Please consider joining your fallen comrades?

Ms Blue said...

This is awesome and yes I'm right there with you, although I substitute my need for comments with a little Facebook action. Instant gratification!

Kit said...

I'm getting a bit aged myself and haven't updated my Blogroll in over a year - can't remember how.

But I'm just getting going with Facebook now - don't expect me to work out Twitter as well.

I'm a stuck in the mud Blogger - I find Facebook a bit insubstantial - nothing like a good meaty post to chew on - roughage and all!

Blog Antagonist said...

I don't think I'm quite a blogging geriatric yet, but maybe middle aged. I finally succumbed to Facebook, but steadfastly resist Twitter and Plurk and Stumblepon and Digg.

Owlhaven said...

Oh, c'mon, Facebook is FUUUUUUN!

Funny post!
Mary

Florinda said...

After almost two years and going on 800 posts, I'm pretty sure I'm at least middle-aged in blog years. Someone needs to come up with a calculator for that, I think.

Your fifth and sixth items definitely rang a bell with me. I do update my blogroll often, though (I run it through Google Reader, because it's easy and I'm lazy that way).

I am on both Twitter (in spurts) and Facebook (occasionally), but neither has replaced blogging for me.

wheelsonthebus said...

I was just thinking much of this the other day, including the fact that I still don't Twitter.

Omaha Mama said...

I think I'm comfortably middle-aged. Happy with my blog, though make very few changes to it any more. I don't post as much, but still enjoy it. And do feel redundant sometimes. The way you mentioned with here. The deja vu of blogging.

Bon said...

Bea, this was hilarious.

me, my blog is slouching toward the old age home but i'm still trying to figure out if i have something i want to say. at least to me. most days i vote no.

twitter, though, is definitely the afterlife...you get to know what we're all doing without having to actually read anything wordy. :)

PEZmama said...

I did succumb to the Facebook, and am now an official hater. But I suppose that doesn't matter because, as far as blogging goes, I died when I was only three.

Kyla said...

Me, too!! Minus the Facebook and Twitter. I love those.

Mouse said...

I never have put together a blogroll, but the space I reserved for one has the same thing I stuck in there 2+ years ago. I also just cannot get into Twitter, mostly because I'm afraid it's too fast moving for me. Which certainly makes me sound geriatric.

kittenpie said...

I nevre update my blogroll because I never moved from Blogger "template" to "layout" and it hates me updating it. How's that? and nodding along to "Bitacle" debacle. But I do tweet and f-book, so there's that. maybe late 50s?

Mad said...

Twitter is a great place to be when things like the inauguration or the prorogue are going on.

Christina said...

Sigh...I'm starting to think I'm geriatric. I used to feel all fresh and new and exciting, but now I have trouble thinking up engaging posts. I've watched my Feedburner stats decline each month, wondering where everyone is going.

I do Twitter, though. Happy to give a tour if you ever decide to dive in.

Mimi said...

oh yeesh, i've been feeling this way a lot, lately -- all bummed out and old and old-fashioned. and the bitacle crisis and i arrived on the scene at the same time. totally unrelated, but co-incident ...

i miss the old time intertubes.

sigh.

Terri B. said...

Remember when blogging was cutting edge? When did we get so old!

Stimey said...

Love this. And, frankly, if I came here and saw a different template I would think I had walked into the wrong house.

Beck said...

HAHAHAAHAHAAHA.
Oh yeah. Definitely. Remember my FIRST blog, the one I erased?
But I've missed blogging too much to keep up my "break", so I guess I'm back. After a week with only four posts. I AM PATHETIC.

Mad said...

Hear that sound? It's Twitter calling you.

Kia (Good Enough Mama) said...

I think I'm rather young in blog years, only because I keep starting up new lives. Apparently I have at least three. Lives, that is...

DaniGirl said...

I had to comment, even if I'm so late to the party that you've already succumbed to Mad's exhortations... this is so very true, and I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling a little blasé on the whole blog thing. But now that I'm back in front of a computer 8 hours a day, I'm hoping to stage a Britney-eque comeback. Think it's too late? (And, if you are geriatric in blog terms, I think that makes me post-mortem!)