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