This makes the 100th post I have made to my blog Just A Geezer since I started writing it one year ago. I thought this would be a good opportunity to put together a few thoughts on what this has meant to me and what I see happening in the future.

First I want to thank all my readers. Many of you have been with me from the start and without your support, I really wouldn’t have a reason to continue to produce this blog. My goal has never been to get thousands of readers, but I do want to feel that the people I  reach are enjoying my perspective of our GEEZER years.

 

Focus

When I say this is a blog for GEEZERS who are looking to keep their life interesting and continue to be amazed at what each new day brings, that really doesn’t do much to limit the number of subjects I might write about. Most of my writing selections come from what I encounter on a day-to-day basis, have experienced during my lifetime, or things that, for some reason, strike my fancy. I guess the only limiting factor is I feel a need to have a personal attachment to the subject.

I have particularly found that writing “Pet Peeves” has been very therapeutic for me. I don’t want to come across as a cranky old GEEZER, but everyday it gets harder and harder for me to remain quiet about what is happening in this country. When I hear about our politicians wanting to reduce Social Security payments, cut Medicare, and eliminate other services for the elderly and others, it makes me livid.  As I watch our congresspeople concentrate on their needs and those of their big benefactors while ignoring the Americans they supposedly represent, I have to speak up. I feel our generation has an obligation to our children and grandchildren to grab back the reins of our country.

I have played with the idea of going with in-depth discussions of more critical topics such as health care, money matters, and retirement living, but I don’t’ really know much about these subjects and none of them lend themselves to being the least bit fun to write. Besides if you want this type of information, there are plenty of boring (but informative) websites out there to pick from.

 

Comments

By encouraging you to make comments, I am not looking for compliments—I’m looking for a meaningful discussion of your reaction to my posts and to hopefully, get a look into your world. At this point, I am happy to respond to anyone who has a question, suggestion, or just wants to talk. This can be done by commenting through the website or–if you don’t want your comment posted— by sending an email to dcidaho@comcast.net. In no way does this mean I don’t love comments like “Gee Dave, that post today wasn’t the dumbest thing I ever read,” but we can accomplish so much more if we work together to make sure this blog develops into something of value to all of us.

I don’t want to write in a “vacuum” or know my readers based on a “number of views” chart. I really want to know who you are.

 

Poetry

I’m still writing what I call poetry, but it is a new form of writing to me and I don’t know how to judge it. It would really help if you would let me know a) Dave, I think that was a really good poem,” or b) “Dave, I don’t know what that was, but I’m pretty sure it’s not poetry.”

I considered taking a poetry class from the community college this summer, but life got in the way. I know that poetry gives me a certain freedom I don’t get from more traditional writing, lets me experiment and play with words, and be frivolous when I feel like it. I may just be amusing myself, but who better knows how to make me laugh or cry.

 

Photos

I think photos add interest and even if it is just a photo of a pocket watch to illustrate “time” or a cute photo of Sam or me, I think they add to the post. I try to use photos I have taken in the past or just take them as I go along, but sometimes there is just no way to get a photo of ‘Snake Oil,” so I have to use a web source that provides for the use of stock photos (photos are in the public domain or have been donated) at no cost. They usually require me to attribute the photo to the photographer so that is why some photos have lengthy, almost nonsensical, captions below them.

Sam takes a well-deserved break.
Sam takes a well-deserved break.

Stepping Out for a While

If you have read this blog for long, you know I had full knee replacement in January of this year. Well, guess what boys and girls, it’s time to get the other one done. I can’t think of anything (even pounding a nail through my own hand) I would enjoy less, but really I have no choice.

I know I will be out of commission for a couple of weeks, but hopefully the blog will not be down nearly as long this time. If you remember, following my first surgery I used a strap to aid in getting my knee to bend and pulled so hard I developed a really good case of carpal tunnel in both hands. It was incredibly painful and irritating and I absolutely could not use a keyboard. Since then I have had surgery on one hand and just given the other time to heal. I should not have this problem again.

 

Final Thoughts

So all I’m suggesting is if we are going to travel this path (I was going to say GEEZER path, but that might look a bit like a deserted highway—lots of cracks, holes, and crumbling edges), let’s do it together. Work with me and I’m sure we can come up with something so much better than what I can come up with alone.

Lastly, I want to thank my wife Lorraine, who skillfully and almost happily, edited every one of my posts. Every time she sends back her soul-sucking comments highlighted ruthlessly in red or yellow, she tells me how lucky she feels to be the first one to see my words of wisdom each week. She wouldn’t lie to me—would she?

“State of the Blog”
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4 thoughts on ““State of the Blog”

  • August 6, 2015 at 10:33
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    Congratulations! Love the dog pics!

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  • August 3, 2015 at 10:33
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    My wife has always been my harshest critic of my writing – not necessarily the most helpful. Glad to see your happy with the input you receive. I haven’t read all 100 of your posts, but certainly have enjoyed those that I have been able to catch.

    It can sometimes be very frustrating to grow old because of the limitations that are posed by the deteriorating body, but that doesn’t mean that life have to become less interesting. It’s been great to have found you as a friend and your editorial comments on my writing have been happily received.

    Keep your thoughts coming and if you don’t mind I may interject a thought or two of my own along the way.

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  • August 2, 2015 at 10:33
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    Good luck with the surgery. Get well soon. I have enjoyed your columns since the newspaper article clued me into them. Hang in there my fellow geezer!

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  • August 2, 2015 at 10:33
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    Good luck on surgery.
    I am only a sporadic reader of the blog (still trying to figure out how to ration my time in retirement) but enjoy what I a have read and am interested in the thrust of the blog. Exploring geezer life (and death, actually) is……. topical.

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