This post today represents the 199th post on Cantankerous Old Coots. I thought we could take a peek back at the year that was and explore a bit about this site, and the snarky comment that started it all.
It is only appropriate that Ralph will have the 200th post on the Coots. Not only has he posted the most on this site, it was his comment over on my blog Catharsis of the Bogue that started all of this madness. It was March 22nd of last year that I started this site. On the 23rd I wrote the following post:
Well folks I did something very impulsive last night. I was sitting here trying to come up with some topic to write on. I am tired and only partially fueled by caffeine. My wife said I had that “look” and tonight’s post would be a doozy. She has seen the writing frenzy that exhaustion and caffeine has wrought.
The problem was this. Carlos sucked all of the ideas out of me during the PreWriting Challenge! Ok not really but it has been a day of writers block for post titles. I have a couple of story ideas though. I had a thought this morning after taking the kids to school that I hope I was not running dry of ideas. I am almost at my 3 month mark and ready to push past it.
I know there are more ideas, I just either need more sleep or more caffeine to make them flow. Or some good inspiration. I went and read some blogs, left some comments and tweeted a bit. After that I went back to look at my comments just hoping there was something there.
And there was! My internet buddy and purveyor of many life experiences Ralph(http://ralphcarlsonblog.com/) had left a comment. The discussion was about niches, and fitting in, when Ralph says,
“I am not sure that there is any market for cantankerous old coots but if there were, I’d claim it.”
I laughed and replied that I would sign up for the RSS feed of that. I didn’t think much more about it until Dave Doolin pipes up with his sage advice to go claim it. So I did. Coming in the next week or so, I will have a bunch of work with another blog at www.cantankerousoldcoots.com.
I think I am going to fill the blog with the wisdom and rants of those older than me, even though I am getting up there myself. I hope to get Ralph to fill the first guest post with something profound, and later Dave with something that would be totally inappropriate on his site.
I need to create a badge….crossed Preparation H and Ben Gay over a grouchy old guy’s face…. Our motto could be “Whatever” and our niche is “Advice for life from old coots.” We of course would have to adopt a Red Green type lodge… Hmmmm there are many possibilities. I would love to hear suggestions. We would have bylaws too…if you are under 40 you need to have an old coot persona or you can’t be published. Only rants on things that were better in the past could be posted. Any bowel problems are better off on your own site unless they have a really funny punchline and a cute nurse involved.
Wow I must be tired. This is going to be huge amounts of fun. Let me know what you think in the comments and sign up for my newsletter, I will keep updates in that as well!
Thanks for reading!
And now here we are 200 posts, 6 authors and 134,000 words published. It has been a good year. If you are new to this blog, thanks for coming! Sign up for our newsletter and get the first Coots e-book from Cantankerous Old Coots University. If you are one of our long time readers, thanks for sticking around and boosting our numbers! If you have never commented, now is a good time to do so! If you feel feverish, head on over to one of the Coots other blogs: Ralph’s, Bob’s or mine.
Also, Bob is a little under the weather this weekend and will not be spending it in his yurt where he belongs. Send him a message over there to the right or to email@example.com and let him know you are thinking about him. Hopefully he will be back at full strength soon!
Have a great weekend