Ever wondered to yourself, “Why should I start a blog?” Ever thought about the benefits of blogging for older people. Read on and find out how one Lifestyle Fifty reader started blogging later in life – and loves it!
But you know what? When I first started writing Lifestyle Fifty, I was worried that there may not be enough tech savvy over fifty year olds to make writing a blog about aging worth while, but what I’m loving is that I keep discovering more and more of you who are just that. Tech savvy, or trying to be.
And although we’re not ‘wired up’ to the technological world in quite the same way as our children or grandchildren may be, we make a pretty good job of keeping up to date.
Through the online world I’ve recently met a lovely lady, called Rae Hillhorst, who began blogging after she turned 50.
She’s very kindly written a guest post for Lifestyle Fifty about how she came to start blogging in later life.
So over to beautiful Rae …
“Firstly a big thank you to Jo for inviting me to post on LifeStyle Fifty. It’s so exciting to find a blog aimed at my demographics – middle aged but not yet dead.
I am honoured.
The benefits of Blogging after 50
I wanted to post about being 50 and the challenges I faced in the technological world.
Go figure! You know, not in a million years when I was a stay at home mum raising our girls would I have imagined that I would one day be blogging.
Tip: One of the benefits of blogging for older people is that it can be a wonderful way of writing a memoir for your children or grandchildren to look back on” – Jo Castro
Blogging was not on my radar when I was younger
For a start back then, I don’t think blogging even existed or if it did it wasn’t on my radar.
I didn’t use a computer back in the day, as you mostly used them for games, and a gamer I was not and I am not. I never saw the point in sitting on your ass in front of a computer for hours on end. How could you when there were children to run after and chores to complete?
Raising, Running and Running
Raising the girls and running around like a lunatic were more important to me then, and still are.
I remember there was so much running, running and running (well mostly in the car). I would be ferrying my girls to dancing activities and sporting activities, or I was running to do some volunteering at school, perhaps making costumes.
Then alas my loved ones grew, the last one had entered high school and I begged to be able to go to work. Michael didn’t want me to work, a fact that I think he now regrets as working brings so much more into your life, aside from tiredness, grumpiness and wishing you could retire. I do not lie, true story.
How did my blogging journey begin?
So where did I start?
Well after the girls became more independent, left home and I had a nearly empty nest, I took an introductory computer class. They were completely foreign to me at that stage.
Then I progressed from an introductory class to Windows.
But you know quite frankly it didn’t help me much as every time I screwed up I would call my boss over to fix up my mistakes. He would chuckle and shake his head and say ‘Rae Rae Rae’.
He didn’t say much else though because I was the company’s best sales person raking in 1.5 million dollar sales per year. You can get away with a lot when you are good at your job, which by the way I loved.
But you guessed it after 5 years I was burnt out.
My company wouldn’t let me leave though and after much juggling I became their staff trainer as they had 5 stores.
I attended Tafe and with their support gained my Trainer and Assessors Qualification, something else I never imagined I would be doing. I am still constantly up-skilling and adding to my qualifications which at my age can’t be a bad thing, can it?
In a round about way this led me to blogging, because after I left this company I worked for, and still do work for a small training company where I now deliver the Diploma in Management, Cert 1V in Retail Management and Cert 1V in WHS, which I am the all time guru at.
You can only now imagine the computer skills I have gained.
Amanda Kendle to the rescue
One of my trainees just loved reading blogs. Well, that opened up a whole new world to me and I was hooked.
I then attended some blogging workshops and just went on from there. Amanda Kendle my ‘blogging guru’ helps me out (at a cost I might add) that I pay willingly.
I never said I was great at technology did I?
It’s my blog all mine. I find I am going from strength to strength. It is my hobby, my words, my mistakes … my world.
A journey and a memoir
I think of my blog as a journey for my girls to look back on when I am either to old to talk or have dementia or I’m ill and pass away. I reflect back on what my dad’s life must have been like, realising that I don’t know much about his thoughts feelings and early life, as there are no records as such.
He counts, but I want to count in a different way, so that my girls can really know who I am.
I am an honest open book.
I didn’t start blogging until I was over 50. So if you are just starting, please keep going.
I hope you get the same pleasures out of blogging that I do.”
- Bio: Hello my name is Rae, I blog for a hobby, as well as hoping to improve my writing skills … if I have any 😉
My blog is meant as a reflection for my children … once I have gone or have lost the plot, which let’s face it is quite likely.
I love to hear other people’s stories and am probably a bit gullible, as I always take them to be true and hope they are!
I work full time as a Lead Trainer and Assessor for The College of Retail Training.
I deliver Cert 1V in WHS, Retail Management, and Diploma in Management.
We are based in Perth Western Australia.
My husband and I have recently joined the empty nest syndrome, I am still located at the wailing wall.
My blog can be found at : I opened my mouth and it ran away with me.
Lifestylers please won’t you tell us when you started blogging, if you do at all? And do link to your blog in the comments section. If you don’t have a blog, do you try and keep up with the technological world?