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GRAY MATTERS: Medicare 2010

Elderblog List Update – November 2009

blogging bug image With hundreds of blogs on the Elderbloggers List, I don't often visit all of them so I'm deeply grateful to Deejay, who blogs these days at The Chinese Mirror about Chinese-language film. He took the time to click through every elderblog and send me a list of those that have apparently been abandoned along with others that have disappeared, gone behind passworded firewalls, moved to new locations or changed their names.

The updated list has been posted with fewer new blogs than I thought there would be. In keeping with my advancing age, I seem to have updated it in June, not removed those new additions from my to-do list and then completely forgot I had done it.

I keep reading that blogging is old hat, that Facebook, Twitter and other social media are the cool, new thing. Maybe that is true for young people for whom anything new is the gold standard of life (although if counted in internet time, Facebook and Twitter are already decrepit), but I think not so much for elders.

Blogging does so many good things for old people. Researching our stories, organizing our thoughts and writing them in a compelling manner keeps our minds active and nimble in a variety of ways, and that may help stave off dementia.

As I've mentioned in the past, at a time in our lives when many of us no longer have the daily interactions with colleagues, clients and coworkers that we took for granted during our careers, there is less opportunity for new friendships. Old friends die, family sometimes moves far away and for some, getting out and about becomes difficult. The blogosphere gives us an opportunity to make new friends and they grow to be as important, close and caring as any “real world” friends.

And since, as elders, few of us care any longer about what is cool and au courant, I think for us blogging is here to stay. For readers who have blogs that are not yet on the Elderbloggers List, here are the criteria for inclusion:

  • You must be at least 50 years old

  • Your blog must be a personal blog. Corporate blogs, blogs that primarily promote and/or sell products or services, blogs for which you are paid to write are not included.

  • The blog must be easy to navigate

  • The blog must be designed with old eyes in mind – no tiny text; no light text on a dark background; no flashing images

  • The blog must publish new material at least once a week

  • The blog must be at least three months old. More than half of new blogs are abandoned within that period of time so this rule saves additional cleanup work on my part

If your blog meets those requirements, send me the link in an email (use the “contact” link in the upper left corner of the page) and I'll put it on the list for the next update.

Below is the list of newly added elderblogs. Because the full list is now so long, each week five blogs are randomly selected for the “Featured Elderblogs” in the left sidebar to help readers find blogs they might not come across otherwise.

Here are the latest blogs to be added:

Age and Disability in America

Berkeley Blog

Boomers and Beyond

The Cataract Club

Desert's Child

Five String Guitar

The Future of Aging Blog

Humorless Bitch

Joe Bageant

Lucy Volume II


At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Jeanne Waite Follett: The Treachery of Threads and Clay

Comments

I am over 50, I have been blogging since 2005! I have been collecting a list of bloggers over age 50, too!

I have noticed that you 'feature' blogs that are non-profit, and non-corporate, yet 'Minding Our Elders' is a blog for which there are ads, and people are paid. I am surprised.

It is an excellent blog, but belongs in its own category.

My only problem with blogging is that I keep adding blogs to my blog list and it takes all day to comment if I read them all. I am starting to read half of my list one day and half the next. Even so, I am spending most of my day on the computer. That is not good because I need to walk more and I don't have the time.

It's hard to be selective when you make friends with fellow bloggers and you don't want to eliminate them. I just can't find any that I want to omit unless they haven't posted for a long time.

Jennifer Jilks:

Many blogs on the Elderblog list carry advertising of one kind or another. I don't list blogs that exist primarily to promote a business or when blogs are an adjunct to a business.

Carol Bradley Bursack of Minding Our Elders is a speaker and she has a book about caregiving that is for sale on her blog. But unlike business blogs, she daily posts excellent information and opinion on caregiving that is useful to everyone and stands alone aside from her business.

She belongs on the list because I say so.

I started allowing google ads on my blog frankly because I am out of work and looking for any means to collect money. No one has to click on those ads but they are there in case someone sees something and wants to click on it.

I think content of blogs is what is most important. And I appreciate more than I can say being on the list.

After reading the other links you posted I know for sure that my little blog does not belong in their company and I am overwhelmed that you would include me on that list. I don't even know what to say!

Have started visiting these blogs and want to say that you've added some good one!!! Like Darlene, I have a hard time keeping up with everyone.

I have no idea if anyone out there reads my no-frills blog, but improving, step by step, like a skater, is the goal.

There will be falls, cuts, bumps on the head, but the skates will stay on my aging feet.

Thanks, Ronni, for encouraging me to put down in words the inside story of life in school.

I have just started blogging. I discovered your site and the elderblogs list when I was trying to learn about blogging and about what personal blogs were out there by and about retirees. The issues covered are great, and I have especially savored the elderblogs. I have been slowly working my way through the list. Thanks for keeping your blog going!

Oh, brother. I thought I was IN THERE! Turns out, after I scrolled back and counted, that I've gotten just old enough to forget how to count. It's not quite three months since my blog began, after all. Like Kurt Vonnegut's Billy Pilgrim, I have come unstuck in time.

I will wait, apply again, and focus on tomorrow's post. I'll be back. Meanwhile, like Linda, I am working my way down the list and having a ball along the way.

I'm 53. Blogging at Privilege since February of this year. And loving it. As I do this site.

There are more blogs out there than any one of us could possibly keep up with (up with which none of us could keep?)

Darlene & Others - In particular, we oldsters need to prioritize. We must take care of our health, first. Then, with the time that we can afford, we may blog.

In my own case, I move Heaven and Earth (well...I try) to get in my gym & swim three days each week. Then comes my volunteer work with the Red Cross disaster services. Blogging must fit into a few hours on the weekend (during which I try to drop in on all of my posted blogs) and 30 minutes - 1 hour on most other days.

Ronni--As you well know, you are on my "daily" read list...if...I, at all, have the time. I love that you make your own rules. Don't let us, unthinkingly perhaps, bully you into our rules.

Ronni, thanks for the response. RE: "She belongs on the list because I say so."

You misunderstand me, Ronni. Carol's site IS marvellous. I regularly post on her site, too. She has reviewed my book and is supportive. There could be a category for professionals, and sources of information, aside from true blogs, which reflect more personal experiences. There is a place for information and a place for memoir/blog in this stratosphere. There are times when we need one over the other.

Jennifer...

You are correct about different information for different uses, just as there are as many different kinds of blogs as there are people - some personal, some professional, some commentary, etc.

I am quite happy with the Time Goes By Elderblog List as it is. If you believe there is a need to divide blogs into categories, there is no reason you cannot do this on your blog. Mine, however, will remain what it is - a place to highlight blogs written by elders on whatever topic they each choose.

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