It's always nice when someone links to your blog, something Jamie Carracher of the PR firm Edelman Digital did on Monday in a post titled, Elderblogging and When a Senior Gets a Tumblr.
Noting that there are 152 million blogs in the world,
she he posted this chart from Sysomos showing that in 2010, 7.1 percent or about 10.8 million of those blogs are written by people age 50 and older.
Using TimeGoesBy's Elderblogger List for
her his own overview of elders' blogs, Curracher concludes that most use the “easy” platform of Blogger, write on a wide range of topics making “older bloggers a lot like younger bloggers”.
”Also interesting is how well written and how long many of the posts are — it’s clear these folks spend a lot of time carefully telling their stories.”
It would be interesting to know if the mini-blogging platform, Tumblr, is an Edelman client because after this brief description of the world of elderblogging,
Ms. Mr. Curracher spends the second half of her his post making a case for old bloggers to move to Tumblr.
”Tumblr is a little like a Twitter/blog hybrid. What makes it different is its focus on sharing rather than commenting, especially sharing of multimedia like photos, videos and website links.”
In other words, short derivative posts without added value or conversation. (I don't know anything about Tumblr, so I'm taking
her his word for it.) Curracher ends by suggesting, “Maybe a few elderbloggers would be up for trying something new” - like Tumblr.
Here is what bothers me: Why, especially with technology, are elders always compared to young people as in, “a lot like younger bloggers” (wow, aren't those old folks clever for their age), and being urged to do what the kids do?
Why would it be better to “share” a video or a link “rather than commenting” with others on a “well-written” essay adding perspective, experience, knowledge, humor and reactions?
Ms. Mr. Curracher's goals is to get generations together online. One can hardly fault that, but like those who have come before her him in this endeavor, it is elders she he requires to adapt to the kids' way of doing things implying that because of their youth, their method must, necessarily, be better than ours.
As I've said here in the past, I believe blogging is a near-perfect pastime for elders. At a time in life when many of us have left the world of work behind, it provides daily interaction and camaraderie, opens up a world of new friendship and helps keep our brains nimble creating those well written stories.
Why would those of us who enjoy long-form blogging want to give that up?
I don't mean to pick on Jamie Curracher.
She's He's not the first to see elders as deficient in the area of technology. And although she he is correct in assuming that young people are more likely to be the first to follow new online fads and trends, being one of the “cool kids” isn't high on most elders' must-do list.
Personal computers have been among us now for more than 25 years, the popular World Wide Web for nearly as long and the oldest baby boomers are already 65. It's time to lose the themes that elders are technology ignorant and that the kids always know best about these things.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Mickey Rogers: An Old Man's Favorite Movies