[EGO NOTE: Tonight, beginning at 11PM ET (8PM PT), Miki Davis will interview me on her Mountain Mama Radio show (don't you love the name). Miki is one of us, a 71-year-old elder, and you can listen at her website or at the internet radio station's site by clicking the "Listen Live" button on either home page. An archive of the show will be available in a day or two.]
Part of the rainy weekend (thank God it wasn't snow again) was spent adding 27 new links to the Elderbloggers List. There are now 274 blogs over there in the left sidebar, an increase with this update of about eleven percent.
The newly listed are identified with a bullet ( • ) in front of the blog name and well worth your time.
As an educated guess, there are hundreds of thousands of elderblogs and many additional elders who read and comment but do not keep blogs themselves. Obviously, this list does not come close, nor will it ever, to being representative, but each is carefully selected for quality and I recommend them all. They are as different in design, style and topics addressed as people are different; what they have in common is excellence in presentation and thought.
Blogging is an ideal pastime for elders, even more, I think, than for people of younger ages. It keeps our minds sharp, allows us to share our stories - of yesteryear and today - and expands our social networks at a time in life when it's not so easy to meet new people. After five years of blogging, about half the friends I hold most dear have been met through blogging, and physical distance does not make them less so.
In the past couple of years, the word "elderbloggers" has become almost mainstream, used to reference us in media stories and as much an identifier as mommybloggers, political bloggers, food bloggers and tech bloggers. You can help spread the word by posting an elderblogger badge like the one in the right sidebar on your blog. Badges and instructions are here.
This seems a good time to remind everyone of the Where Elders Blog feature where you will find photos of many elderbloggers’ workspaces. It’s a load of fun to click through and see where people you read and comment with create their posts, and the photos add a little to our knowledge and understanding of one another.
It would be terrific to have some more photos and I'm sure your blog friends would like to see your computer area. Here are instructions on how to to add yours. It's easy - you email the photo; I do the rest. Commenters without blogs are welcome too.
Frank Paynter of listics felt a bit embarrassed about how messy his desk was in the original photo he sent. Since then, he’s cleaned up and recently forwarded a new photo so we can see the before-and-after effect.
You can always find a link to the Where Elders Blog section on the right sidebar under TGB Features.
[At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Sharon McKinney explains how she endured an airport delay in It's All About Attitude.]