This Week in Elder News: 19 April 2008
Botox and Disrespect of Aging

Announcement: The TGB Elderblogger Survey

About ten days ago, we discussed the results of the Blogher survey of women bloggers. It was interesting and served the needs of Blogher, but I wanted to know more about elderbloggers in particular, including men.

So, at the urging of Marlys Styne of Never Too Late, Virginia DeBolt of First 50 Words, Steven of Projections, Naomi Dagen Bloom of A Little Red Hen, Georjina of The Solo Gazette, H.A. Page of MotherPie and then a phone conversation with Virginia to help get me started, The TGB Elderblogger Survey opens for business today.

The goal is to find out what elderbloggers are like, how we may be similar and how we are different, how we relate to technology, how we came to be bloggers or blog readers, how we feel about it and what our demographics are.

There are 57 questions, many of which are required so that there is the largest possible population from which to draw conclusions. They are straightforward questions, mostly multiple-choice, and it shouldn’t take longer than about 15 minutes to complete.

NOTA BENE: This survey is for elderbloggers and elder blog readers who do not keep blogs. Readers and commenters are as important as bloggers to the elderblogging community and help equally to make it as lively and compelling as it is.

TGB Elderblogger Survey You must be at least 50 years old to participate. So we can include as large a number of respondents as possible, I would be most grateful to any elderbloggers who would post a link to the survey on their blogs. I’ve even made this little badge you can use that you can link directly to the survey.

[To post the badge on your blog, right click on the image, save it to your hard drive and then follow the instructions from your blog host to post it. That's for PC users. Mac users, you're on your own - I don't know anything about them. Use the link in the last paragraph below to link directly to the survey from the badge or from a note on your blog which would help just as well.]

The survey will remain open until midnight eastern U.S. time on 1 May. Then, it may take a week or so for me to collate the results and make them attractive for presentation, so no promises of a specific date for the results.

Okay, with the explanations done, here is The TGB Elderblogger Survey. It's not the prettiest layout you ever saw, but it's what the web service supplies. Please take the survey and tell all the elderbloggers you know about it, to help make this a resounding success.

[At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Mary Byrne recalls a time and place from long ago in My First Job.]


I took the survey. I'm the one who's married, lives on a farm with a dog and a cat, and have a deep affection for many bloggers I've met and some I haven't met yet.

I'll look forward to seeing the results.

Taken the survey and added to my sidebar

I'm a seventy-one-year-old blogger, and would be very pleased to complete your survey -- but there's a problem when I try.... clicking on the answers has no effect whatsoever. I assume it's a problem with my browser, but thought I'd let you know.


I don't know what you tell you, Suzette. The survey is tootin' along with a lot of respondents.

Maybe a more tech-savvy reader than I am has a suggestion....

Although I had no problem taking the survey (other than having to wait for some of my answers to actually appear--due to my dialup, no doubt), I could not get the link to embed with the badge when I tried to post it on my blog. Never mind. It's easy to send them to this posting from which they may click on the cute badge that Ronni provided.

Like Cop Car, whose server is Type Pad as is TGB and mine, I could take the survey but not upload the badge. Other solution forthcoming.

Thanks for doing this, Ronni.

I'd like to be sure everyone understands that the survey is working as it should; there is nothing wrong with it.

Also, if you want to post the badge, that too is working fine in Typepad and every other platform that allows access to the html. If you're having trouble, email and I will send instructions.

To Suzette: Your browser is probably an older version that doesn't support the html/css stuff in the survey. Upgrade your browser and it will probably work.

To find out what version your browser is running there should be a little Help pulldown on the top bar, click 'About' and you'll see your current version.

Hop on the web and look for your browser's download site and get the latest version.

Thanks, Cap'n Jan. No way could I figure out why the survey wouldn't work for someone.


I took the survey and it was just fine.

In fact,I think I aced it!

I sure can't post a gif, but up it is as a link.

For those not seeing the questions properly, the survey website requires javascript to be enabled. This means adjusting your security settings in your browser to allow "scripts".

Also, I noticed that question 21 cannot be answered accurately-- it requires an answer about paid employment and not about unemployment so one has to fudge to get passed the question.

There have been surveys by the Pew Trust on older people and their participation in the Internet and the age and health and income info is collected by the US Census, of course. But this should be an interesting survey on blogging itself.

Suzette, When I have problems with check boxes on a web site I restart my Mac to see if that helps. The browsers uses up disc space the more web pages you read so periodically you need to clear the computer.
If that doesn't work then it is the age of your browser. I know you can't update it so the best you can do is access the questionnaire from another computer.

I feel like a kid whose just been told to go home because I'm not old enough to play with the big kids. ;-)

Awww, Peggy. Maybe you can get someone to post a similar survey--just for you youngsters! ; )

I took the survey, Ronni. It will be interesting when you compile your data. I couldn't get the bade to work either, but on Macs you don't right click. I'll keep working on it.

I just came across this notice about the survey and I find that it is over!
Darn and drat!
I am active at as a discussion leader in the Books and Literature folder (for 11 years we have been doing this) and hope that you can send me the questions for this just so I can see where they are headed and also, so I will understand the results when you post them.
Thanks and awaiting your answer.

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