2010 Canadian Weblog Awards Exclusive Nominee Interview with Don Mills of The Problem with Young People Today Is...

Don Mills authors The Problem with Young People Today Is..., which is nominated in the Humour category of the 2010 Canadian Weblog Awards.

Why blogging?

I grew tired of sitting idly by while young people wreaked havoc and decided that the time was right to say something about it. I figured the only way to get my message out to young people was to blog, tweet or send them sext messages. Blogging seemed the least offensive of the three options. Barely.

Who do you write your weblog for? Is it to educate the young people, grouse along with the old people, or just to make us all laugh?

A bit of each. I write the blog to blow off steam and commiserate with other sensible, like-minded seniors, but I'm also trying to get the word out to young people that they need to shape the Hell up and fast. When having the word "bootylicious" written across the ass of your sweatpants becomes an acceptable custom, it's time for us to take serious stock of who we are as a nation.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Unfortunately, everywhere. On the bus, at the mall, congregating on my front lawn. You can't swing a decent cane around here without hitting some ill-mannered, poorly-dressed young person. And they seem to be thinking up new affronts to common decency on a daily basis.

What are your must-reads?

I enjoy a number of blogs but my current top 3 would be:

Fancy Plans and Pants to Match
Nag on the Lake

If you were to impart knowledge to an aspiring blogger, what would you tell them?

That would depend. If it was a young person who wanted to do little more than include off-colour photos and links to moronic youtube videos I’d tell him to do himself a favour, turn off his damned computer and go crack a book. If it was a senior looking to provide some decent commentary, pound cake recipes or links to Angela Lansbury fansites, I’d tell them to have fun, stick with it, speak their minds and send me their link.

My name is Don Mills. I’m 82 years old and I don’t care for damned young people.


Elan Morgan

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