Little by little, this blog is getting a face lift. First, there were some overall design changes, the new banner, a bit of simplification and now this.
Some readers have been nagging me about it for quite awhile and I have now finally got around to updating the Elderblogger List. It has been nearly two years - 21 months to be exact - since the last one.
Last week, I spent some hours each day visiting every blog on the previous list. First, I was surprised at how few have been abandoned. That's the good news. The uncomfortable part is wondering what happened to those who have disappeared or not published in six months, a year and more.
Did they get bored and just stop? Did they pick up their marbles and move to another address without telling readers? Have they fallen too ill to keep up? Have they died?
In almost all cases there is no way to know, adding to the mysteries of life in general and the internet in particular. (I'll discuss this soon in a different post.)
There is one blog that is no longer published but remains on the updated list. Although we never met in person, Mort Reichek and I became internet friends in the earliest days of our blogs.
He was a former journalist, a brilliant thinker and writer who died in 2011, at age 87. I don't want his blog, and I don't want Mort, to disappear. So Octogenarian stays on the list.
In between updates, I keep a running list of elderblogs I discover during web travels along with others that readers have emailed asking me to include. It's been long enough since the last update that even a few of those have disappeared or no longer publish but in the end, there are about the same number of new blogs on this list as ones that have been deleted.
So here is the shiny, new, up-to-date list (for a short while, anyway). You can always find it by clicking the Elderblogger List link under the header, Features, in the right sidebar.
Below are links to the blogs that are being listed for the first time:
The Aging Generalist
Antonia's Senior Moments
Bohemian Coffee Club
Cathy @ Still Waters
Clearing the Space
Here there be musing
Home Town Tales
Jane Stillwater's Web Log
Musings of a Retiring Person
The Next Chapter
The Slithy Tove
Still the Lucky Few
The Summerhouse Years
Things Could Be Worse
Writing to Myself
If you have a blog you want added (your own or someone else's), use the Contact link above the banner at the top of each page and send me the URL. A couple of things to remember:
• The blog must be at least three months old
• It must be a personal blog, not commercial, retail, etc.
• It must be free of advertising
• It should publish a new story, poem, photo, etc. at least once a week