Nine years…

That’s how long I’ve been putting my brain drippings out here…

I can’t believe y’all are still around!!! 🙂

3,211 total posts, over 44,000 total comments, and roughly 500,000 page visits in the last year, putting me at around 3,000,000 visitors since I started.

I’m very humbled by this, and I truly appreciate the readers and commenters who’ve hung with me over the years. It’s been a helluva rollercoaster, and the future doesn’t promise to get much better… Sigh…

Thanks to those who took a chance on me, and put a link on their sidebars. The other thing this brings to mind are the number of bloggers whom we’ve lost, either to frustrations, other pursuits, or passing away. Salut!

Here’s that first post, which didn’t even get a comment…LOL Matter of fact, it wasn’t until about the 5th post that I actually GOT a comment!!!

I’m new to this whole arena, but thought I’d give it a try. I guess I fall in the “silent majority” as we have been deemed, I’ve never sought publicity, sued anyone for spilling my coffee, sure as hell ain’t a movie star; well, you get the drift…

I’m mid-50’s have a decent job, two decent kids trying hard to make their own way in the world today, and a lot of frustration with what is happening to the US of A. Being from the South, I hunt, fish, and shoot guns; so that immediately makes me one of those “rabid rednecks” to quote some out there. I did have a pickup, but it’s hard to park it where I work, so I drive a Pontiac… sure do miss the truck though… sigh…

As a retired military type, it really hurts to see the crap we are putting the folks in service through today. I lived through that in Vietnam, and I take the time to thank every Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine for their service when I get the chance. Most of the kids (I’m Southern so I can say that) are doing the best they can with what they have. They believe in the job they and others are doing in the Sandbox, and are pretty upset by the media coverage they get.

Anyway, I’m going to try this for a while and see what happens… thanks for reading and commenting…




Nine years… — 32 Comments

  1. It was a strange feeling day when we traded in our pickup truck. We had reached the part of life where we just didn’t need a truck anymore. (and being two wheel drive, it was awful in the snow)
    Now we are driving the quintessential suburban stealth vehicle. A smallish SUV. All it needs to blend in even more is the usual series of liberal stickers.
    My only stickers are Miskatonic University, and Waylan Yutani.

    Thank you for all the effort in writing and posting.

  2. Glad you started blogging! Even more glad when I got to meet you IRL, because of blogging. I still don’t think you ever sleep…. 😉

  3. If I have to give up my pickup or Judy, I will surly miss Judy. And I am glad you stuck around. Now, where is the next book? Need to see what John is up too.

  4. Nine magnificent years of Old NFO – and nobody asking you…but…

    Keep it going, keep up the books and enjoy the peace and tranquility of retirement.

  5. Glad to have met you and your blog.
    Some good perspective.
    And aircraft videos.
    and you could’ve downsized to a Ranger.

  6. I used to read favorite (yours bein’ one of ’em) daily.
    Somewhere along the line I got frustrated, and now I only pick up the computer a couple times a day to check email and news, so my blog-reading is down considerably.
    With much in common, yours is one I still read often.
    Keep up the good work… knowing there’s someone else out there who feels much the same as me is fortifying.

  7. Hey Old NFO;

    It is your fault you know…..

    I have been blogging since 2011, I ran across your blog before I started blogging and it helped me start blogging because I was soo frustrated on what I was seeing and I had been suspended on Facebook for “offending” someone by saying something derogatory about our current occupant in the white house. After surfing your blog for a while I got the nerve to open a “blogger” account and start blogging.
    Serious though, I have consided you a class act and a good person and I have met you IRL and my opinion didn’t change. My son loves reading your books and he is hounding me about number 4. So hurry up

  8. A much enjoyed site. My daily reads begin with the quicks and move to the ones I expect to spend more time on. Yours is near the end. Right before HOTR. Keeping it up and I will continue not to ask.

  9. I’ve always liked the Air dale in you, though often sniggled as a Sonar Man (SS) at your flailing attempts. Your blog is very much looked forward to every morning upon waking,,,,,,,surprise at the vague indulgence of justice which only reinforces my thinking that nothing could get me, down there. I saw and did turn counts on P3’s on the ancient BQQ3 about your time. No Suss bombs but a few flares the OPCOM didn’t like. Would like to buy you beers and explain how much fum my old Boomer had.
    BTW, so glad you saw Dolphin. Amazing fun for being in th NAV.
    Keep it up! A lot of “us” love your work. (JP 5 stinks though.)

  10. As Midwest Chick says above, the blog enabled people to meet who otherwise would never have had the pleasure. So, it is worth it, and keep up the good work!

  11. No surprise that folks have tuned into your channel to find the good stuff. Keep it up as long as you can, sir, and remember that it’s only a hobby. But it’s a good one, meeting all those good people who hang out here, and we appreciate what you’ve done.

  12. Well, write faster, we’re getting impatient. 😉

    Congrats on the nine year mark! 🙂

  13. If a day passes without me checking in here, it’s a gross error on my part. Keep up the good work, sir.

  14. Good to see you have managed to monetize it by writing fun-to-read books! I haven’t got that line of continuity in my DNA, but still think maybe something will turn-up.
    As it is, even with blogs falling-off, it’s just hard to keep up with everybody’s work! You make it easier because you reciprocate comments and it’s like having a conversation. There’s people I stopped reading because they never comment back, and I was left feeling like I was just being Annoying Man with my pithy asides, even bloggers I had met in person.

  15. My husband got me started here several years ago. Since then it is a daily read. Like so many others I am not so patiently waiting for the 4th Grey Man. The 3rd one ended way to abruptly and left me seriously hanging and wanting more. I wish you the best in your new home and look forward to reading much more from you.

  16. Hi Jim, to this day I still can’t believe you made the time and took the trip out to my little Island in the middle of the ocean! Having only met you on-line up until that day, it was quite an honor to sit and have lunch with you and tell a few hundred lies,err sea stories!

    Keep up the good work my friend. You, Brigid, and Wirecutter are my three go-to blogs every day! Without fail!


    I’ve been working steadily on my blog since 2004. That would be 12 years now.

    Good for you sir!

    And if ANYone thinks hanging around for 9 years on the web is easy, YOU try making a post a day for years and years.


  18. Oh, and by the way, just bought your NEW book “CHANGES.” I have all three now, from Amazon. Dead tree.

    GREAT reads sir, and keep it up. EVERYONE HERE needs to purchase your books.


  19. Glad I found your blog, glad you’re still here writing it, glad I’m able to keep reading it.