The more eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted that today, I've changed my profile to read 45, rather than 44. Yes, the earth turns, the seasons move on, the days get longer and now the anniversary of my birth sneaks up (making its Move Silently roll) and slugs me over the back of the head.
I'm certain that I'm not the oldest blogger on the OSR and it is heartening to note that there are a good many younger bloggers about, in some cases much younger. Whilst there is a wealth of experience and memories at what I shall call the grey end of the spectrum, the excitement, exuberance and freshness of approach of our younger members keeps me and I suspect many others on their toes.
I may have the chance of expanding my player group to welcome another young person soon. Nothing makes me review and reassess my approach and outlook like having to teach somebody from scratch something that I know so well. A child's enquiring mind and lack of guile forces me to question the way that I do things and the question "Why?" is the chisel that chips the barnacles off. And it brings back memories of being young (albeit not quite that young) and discovering D&D for the first time.
Being a member of the OSR community is a surefire antidote to vegetating into routine. There's always something new on the blogroll. I follow more than 140 blogs at present (check them out on the right) and I don't have the time to do justice to every one. But I try; it's informative, entertaining and sometimes downright provocative.
And reams and reams of new gaming material. That's like having a birthday every day.