For your dubious edification

This, of course, is indisputable:

Blogging has gone from being the new, exciting method for sharing the significant events of one’s day with a circle of intimates, to a proven technology by which total nonentities can vent their spleen onto the World Wide Web for the dubious edification of others, and finally to a hoary old fetish for sexagenarians — get your mind out of the gutter; that means sixty-year-olds — who haven’t the agility to keep up with Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. Surely once the sexagenarians become septuagenarians unable to find their glasses without their minders’ help, and presently deteriorate to octogenarians whose walkers prevent them from reaching the keyboard, blogging will cease to command an audience.

I was chuckling at the description, total nonentity that I am, when it occurred to me to Do The Math. Not the best idea I’d ever had.

Let’s say I can somehow keep this little dogless pony show going until my 80th birthday. And let us define T as the time elapsed between its beginning and that assumed end point. When do I reach the beginning of the downhill slope, the midpoint of this uncareer, the time of T/2?

Answer: February 2015. Twenty-one months from now.


Disclosure: I make no attempt to keep up with Tumblr.


  1. Roger Green »

    7 May 2013 · 7:14 pm

    It IS true that I haven’t the time for Twitter, FB is a sometimes thing, and i’ve never done Tumblr; And I’m 60. Make of it whay you will…

  2. fillyjonk »

    8 May 2013 · 7:53 am

    I refuse to Facebook (too much drama potential) and feel mostly “meh” about Tumblr.

    Does that make me an honorary sexagenarian? Can I start yelling at kids to get off my lawn?

    The comment about blogging dying with those currently in their sixties – part of me wants to call BS on that, but part of me is nodding and going, “yes, in 20 or so years we will be back to communicating via grunts, like cavemen.”

    Hm. Maybe I need to come up with a killer app for that; could make my fortune.

  3. Tatyana »

    8 May 2013 · 9:10 am

    Francis is back? Those off-the-blogging blues did not last long, I see.
    Count me into the cohort of sexagenarians, then: I see no use for twitter, FB, tmblr (and/or Googles, as ya’ll know). I barely update my LinkedIn. Still read my blogroll daily, though.
    What will future bring? Everything within the range of telepathy to smoke signals, I guess. Everything changes, and nothing does…

  4. Charles Pergiel »

    8 May 2013 · 5:35 pm

    There will always be few, a precious few, our band of brothers, who will read, think and write. The bubbleheads will always be in the majority. Just make sure your guards keep their pikes sharp. No telling when the morons will decide to pick up torches and pitchforks and march on the castle, our castle.

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