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Celebrating the Women Over Fifty Who Write For and About Women over Fifty!

Celebrating the Women Over Fifty Who Write For and About Women over Fifty!

Celebrating the Women Over Fifty Who Write For and About Women over Fifty!

I created Women Over Fifty Network to ‘inspire’, ‘support’ and ‘celebrate’ women over fifty. Another way of ‘supporting’ other women is to Connect with them.

Below you’ll find sixteen pretty amazing women writers. They write about women who are over fifty and the interests and issues related to them. They’re damn good at what they do because they themselves are over fifty and live what we live every day. They’re us. They get it.

  • Some of these women offer wisdom and guidance on topics they’ve lived through or are currently living.
  • Others entertain us with their own (sometimes hilarious) stories of the challenges of aging.
  • Still others have found their life’s passion and are anxious to share their crafts, work, or hobbies with you.

Scroll through the descriptions below. When you find one that interests you, click on the button to visit their blog. Support these ladies by reading one of their articles. Inspire them to continue writing for us by leaving a comment. Commenting on blog posts is one of the fastest ways to make a connection with the author, and also with other commentors. (As random as it may sound, lasting friendships began with just one little blog comment.)

Bloggers bare themselves every day, and I know from experience that writing can be a lonely world unless we know someone is out there reading.

16 Women Over Fifty Bloggers | Women Over Fifty Network
Meet 'Leanne'

BLOG: CRESTING THE HILL

A blog celebrating Midlife, because the best is yet to come.

This is where I write about how much I’m enjoying Midlife and the empty nest. 

To quote Maya Angelou: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”

I’d love you to read and leave a comment – it’s a great way to connect and share the journey.

Meet 'Deborah'

BLOG: DEBORAH HUNTER KELLS

Looking for tips & ideas of style for the older woman whether 30 thru 80. Included are topics of positivity, responsibility for what we purchase and general topics of interest for those of maturity and growth.

I create. I research. I like to inspire. A wide range of interests is “my thing”. People surprise me and supplement my learning often.

Meet 'Nikki'

BLOG: GWIN GAL INSIDE & OUT

I am a spray painting queen, a dirt digging fanatic, and an over fifty fashion icon wanna be.

Together we can make your home and garden something to be proud of. Nothing fancy or expensive, but always fun and cute.

And did I mention fashion? I love clothes and shoes and although I may have dirt under my fingernails and paint splatters on the back of my arms, I’d love to share some style ideas with you.

I may be a Grandma but I don’t have to look like one.

Meet 'Pam'

Pam Lofton - Empty Nest

BLOG: EMPTY NEST

I love to share stories of our crazy lives, memories of days gone by, my many opinions, and fun things to do in our touristy town located just over the bridge from Charleston, SC.

So come on over and enjoy some discussions, a few reviews, and a lot of laughter. I would very much appreciate your company as I continue learning about life, love and lifestyle changes. The journey continues to be interesting!

Meet 'Diana'

Diana Cohen- The Wild Child

BLOG: THE WILD CHILD

I’ve been described as an old soul & an eternal child wrapped into one eclectic package. “Nature-filled” living is my passion and I have extensive study and experience in this area.

My mission is to reconnect women with their true nature, gifts and personal magic and create a community of earth-loving women who support each other to rise in their full authenticity and step bravely forward to create a more beautiful life and sustainable world.

My goal is to open women’s hearts and minds to the beauty magic and healing powers of nature/Gaia.

Meet 'Caryn'

Caryn Payzant - The Midlife Guru

BLOG: THE MIDLIFE GURU

Since embarking in 2010 on the “second half” of my life, I’m committed to taking the wisdom and experience gained during my first 50 years and use it as a springboard in to the next 50.

You can count on me for trying new things, looking at old things in a new perspective, and doing all that I can to MAKE THE MOST OF LIFE AFTER 50 in the areas of healthy living, family, education, midlife musings, and meeting women of distinction over 40.

I am excited to share valuable and timely information to inspire you as you pursue your own dreams and aspirations.

Meet 'Meryl'

Meryl Baer- Six Decades & Counting

BLOG: SIX DECADES & COUNTING

Once upon a time I worked for a financial firm in a strait-laced, crazy-in-its-own-way kind of world. I eventually quit and moved to the New Jersey shore.

Over the years I accumulated a wonderful husband, two sons, two daughters-in-law, five grandkids, assorted relatives and friends. Every summer they pack bathing suits and sunscreen and make their way to our door at the shore.

No one visits in winter, so I write…about whatever I want – travels, food-a favorite passion and pastime, current events – whatever is happening in a life lived.

Meet 'Linda'

Linda Luke - Life Coach Linda

BLOG: LIFE COACH LINDA

I am passionate about helping women feel more peaceful, powerful, and positive as they navigate the ups and downs of life. I am described by others as being loving, soft-spoken, and emanating a sense of calm.

I have experienced what it is like to have a yucky life. There was a time when I felt my spirit was going to die if I didn’t change. It was through my own journey to freedom that I became inspired to become a coach and help others see and experience the incredible possibilities for their own lives.

When I am not  on the phone coaching people across the country, writing blogs, or leading workshops, you are likely to find me out for a walk or spending time with friends.  I am a young at heart grandma who also loves to read, learn, and volunteer.

Meet 'Janet'

BLOG: MIDDLE AGED MAMA

I like to share about the various aspects of life as middle aged woman, from health and wellness, to marriage, parenting teenagers and/or grown children, career, and staying stylish.

FASHION FROM THE REAL WORLD
I’m passionate about looking good on a budget – you don’t have to spend a million bucks to look it! I’m all about fashion from the real world, and a bit of an op shopper extraordinaire …

Meet 'Missy'

BLOG: MIDLIFE MARGARITAS

I’m just a midlife mom & wife who is trying to survive parenting and laundry. As long as there are margaritas, I’m good.

I love Jesus but I cuss a little. (OK maybe a lot).

I’m a humor blogger/writer and share tales of my insane family life as a midlife mom of older kids and a fantastic supportive hubby.

Oh did I mention my love of margaritas?

Meet 'Claire'

BLOG: WILLOW TREE CORNER

I’m a life coach, a nature lover, reliant upon my intuition and believer in everyday magic and miracles that can be found in the small things!

I’m passionate about coaching people who are going through a mid-life transition and who want to dig deep into their soul to find the very best, beautiful version of themselves.

I love seeing people like you discover passions and take action to achieve their dreams.

Meet 'Laurie'

Laurie Stone-Musings, Rants and Scribbles

BLOG: MUSINGS, RANTS & SCRIBBLES

I’ve been married several decades, have two grown sons, an old, timid cat, and a crazy, new dog.

I like to share insights on aging, family life, and the bumps, turns, and surprises along the way.

Meet 'Kathryn'

Kathryn Mayer - Writing Out Loud

BLOG: WRITING OUT LOUD

An irreverent storyteller with a foul mouth and big heart, Kate Mayer is a writer, humorist, and activist writing out loud with humor and grace about parenting, social issues, midlife, and, sigh, gun violence prevention.

Mayer shares life as she lives it in Newtown, Connecticut. Since the Sandy Hook shootings, she writes and speaks often about and for Newtown, sharing stories to connect people to create kinder, safer communities.

Meet 'Kathy'

Kathy Marris-50 Shades of Age

BLOG: 50 SHADES OF AGE

I commenced 50 Shades of Age in 2012 as a platform to encourage and inspire women of my age. The majority of us have led a busy fulfilled life being mothers, wives and co-breadwinners.

After reaching that milestone age of 50, with kids leaving the nest and feeling unemployable, I felt a big void in my life. It was with this in mind that I decided to start up 50 Shades Of Age – a website where I could reach out to my sisters and tell them that their lives could be so much more. I wanted to be the voice for the new-age over 50 year olds to empower and motivate them to feel worthy again! We have so much to offer.

My real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas. I hope to continue to bring more stories about this very popular past-time for our age group.

Meet 'Jana'

Janet Botkins-Cabinart

BLOG: JANA BOTKIN CABINART

Being married 31 years, a slight tendency toward a cat disorder (kept in check by a sensible husband), editing and book design, knitting, long walks with friends, reading great non-fiction and occasionally fiction, letter writing, gardening, dark chocolate, and hanging out in Mineral King in the summers.

My website is about Tulare County California. Finding, showing off, and focusing attention on the good parts of living here. Mineral King, Sequoia, Three Rivers, citrus, old buildings, general scenery of the area – it is all here for you to enjoy. Art has been my full-time profession since 1993 and CABINART is the name of my studio.

Meet 'Janis'

Janis Heppell- Retirementally Challenged

BLOG: RETIREMENTALLY CHALLENGED

I started my blog in the months before I retired in part to work through my ambivalence about my upcoming life-changing event. Was I ready?  Would I have enough to do? Now, looking back several years later, my only regret is “why didn’t I do it sooner?”

No longer needing to navel-gaze about my retirement, I now enjoy writing about all sorts of topics, including travel, relationships, photography, gratitude, and whatever else pops in my head (even, sometimes, issues surrounding retirement and aging).

So, am I still Retirementally Challenged? Yes, but in a different way. I’m still retired and I still find challenges, but the challenges in my life are mostly positive and self-directed… they are what make life interesting.

Blog or Website? What Makes Them Different?

Blog or Website? What Makes Them Different?

Blog or Website? What Makes Them Different?

Blog or website? Which is which? Are you confused? It’s not surprising. With all the technology these days there are so many terms flying around it’s easy to just throw your hands up and check out of the internet/online world. But don’t! We’re Baby Boomers who are all starting to age juuuuuust a tich, and the best indicator of that is us not keeping up with what’s current. Remember grandma and grandpa? I don’t know about yours, but mine seemed to be okay with staying firmly entrenched in their era. Bless their hearts. My grandma was a sweetheart, and very simple. She’d let me talk on and on and pretend she was interested although was clueless a lot of the time.  I always knew when I’d touched on a subject that was beyond the decade she’d stopped learning when I saw her get that glazed over look. After I had finished explaining, I could count on her response. “Oh? That’s nice honey”. I don’t want to get that way and I also don’t want you to. So, let’s get this little website/blog thing cleared up.
We’re going to take a look at three types of websites and what their purposes are: 1. Websites WITHOUT a Blog. 2. Websites with ONLY a Blog. 3. Websites WITH a Blog.

1. Websites without a blog

Notice the menu across the top of the website below. It does not include a blog.

What is a WEBSITE?

A website, for the most part,

  • contains information that remains the same (is static).
  • its content is mostly centered around products or services the business offers.
  • unless there is a chat feature, its communication with you is only one way. A website speaks to you, not with you.

What’s the Purpose of a website?

The purpose of a  business website is to convince website visitors that they should become customers of the company. When designing a business website, the goal is to structure it so that it is easy for the prospective customer to understand the products the business sells, or the services the business offers. It provides the information that is necessary for a prospective customer to make the decision to buy the products or services their business offers, and make it as easy as possible for them to do that. A lot of times this is done through images that are inviting, and colorful, or by posting sales that can’t be resisted.

Business Websites are the Modern day Business Card…

…except on steroids!. Most businesses these days have a website. A website can provide a business location and phone number just like a business card, but with room to add multiple pages of images and descriptions it becomes a giant brochure putting that tiny little business card to shame. Unlike a business card that got stuck to the back of a drawer or shoved in a deep jeans pocket and gone through the wash cycle, a business’s website is always easily accessible online. Additionally, a business website is able to reach millions of people  online,  whereas you have  to meet a person face-to-face to hand them your business card. Common businesses having a website without a blog would be restaurants, doctor’s offices, car repair service, etc. NOTE: A website without a blog, is just a website. Websites have the option to add a blog to their website. You would say “I went to their website.”

2. Websites with only a blog

The navigation menu of a blog may have a home page, an about page, and a contact page like the blog below. But sometimes a blog will list the cateogories the persons writes about across the top as navigation items in  the menu. Or there won’t be any menu at all.

what is a blog? The term “weblog” (web log) was coined by Jorn Barger in 1997. The shorter form “blog” was coined by Peter Merholz on his blog peterme.com in 1999. -Wikipedia I’m sure you’ve heard someone say they ‘blog’, or that they ‘read a blog’ or ‘wrote a blog’, or a ‘blog post’, or ‘an article online’. Right? They are all referring to this type of website. Posts are updates that the website owner write regularly. They are listed chronologically on the site, with the most current usually at the top. A blog typically…

  • has content that is regularly updated.
  • is educational, entertaining, informative.
  • is informal, shows emotion, and is relaxed.
  • is interactive and allows the reader/customer to communicate and participate.

what is the purpose of a blog?

Websites with only a blog are created because the creator is only interested in blogging. They don’t normally sell products or services. They just want to write. A blog is a website that is like a diary or journal.  Bloggers (a word for people who write on blogs) often randomly write about their opinions and thoughts and what may be going on in their lives. Some bloggers create blogs to share an interest they have, such as travel. The blogger might write about their travels, share pictures of their adventures, and may offer travel tips based on their experiences. Whereas websites without blogs may be professional, a website with only a blog tends to be more friendly, informal and relaxed. Typical blog only websites would be people writing blog posts about their interests: travel, crafting, a sports interest, hobbies. Or lifestyle blogs: parents of twins, divorce, or like the sample above – my sister writing about having kids after 40 (she’s hilarious – read it HERE) . Other popular blog topics are written about health, fitness, makeup, and fashion. NOTE: All blogs are technically websites, but you may say, “I went to their blog”. Even the owner of the blog may refer to it as their blog instead of their website.  

3. Websites with a blog

Notice the navigation menu of the below website does include a blog.

Why do Some Business websites Also Have blogs?

Because a website without a blog is so impersonal, a lot of smart businesses are now adding blogs to their websites in an effort to build relationships with their customers. For instance, instead of a spice company just displaying the spices they sell on their website, they may start publishing recipes on their blog showing readers how to use their spices in mouth-watering recipes.

Who would need a website with a blog?

Women Over Fifty Network (this website) is a website with a blog. I needed the features of a website for a place to keep static information:

  • Instructions to readers about how to submit their inspirational stories to be published on our website
  • A page that explains how Women Over Fifty Network began and what my purpose was in creating it
  • A homepage (basically a summary) outlining the benefits and value of becoming part of our community.
  • A place where they could access free courses on subjects that might interest them or books I’ve written.
  • A place that provides useful information and resources relevant to women our age.

Yet at the same time I needed a blog to be able to write regular blog posts.

  • Blog posts allow me to share experiences I’ve had that may be relatable to my readers
  • They let me share with them subjects I’ve researched that they’ve expressed an interest in
  • I’m able to get feedback, and have conversations when they leave their thoughts in the comment section after a blog post
  • When readers subscribe to my list, I’m able to communicate with them, form an actual relationship and get to know them

NOTE: A website with a blog is called a website. But you might say “I was on their website and read a great blog post.”

Which should you choose?

Decide what it is you want your website to accomplish. Go back and read the reasons for choosing each of the three types of websites. Lay out what features you’ll need. Will your site contain only static information? Are you planning on writing a blog? Do you have products you’d like to promote? What is your purpose? To inspire? To motivate? To make connections?

This was my thought process when deciding, and the results

Who is My Audience?  Women Over Fifty What is My Purpose? To inspire, support and celebrate women over fifty, and encourage them to be the best they can be. How Will I Accomplish That? Through blog posts, online courses, physical products, digital courses, eBooks, & offering my branding and web design services.

  • A website with a blog gives me wiggle room to add additional things when I’m ready. For instance, I’ve always wanted to design products specific to women over fifty. I recently added a store to my website with the few products I’ve currently designed, but room to add more.
  • I also do branding and website design, and when I’m ready to offer those services, my website with the ability to add unlimited pages, will allow that.

My goal is to take all the ideas I’ve had in my head and incorporate them into my website to create a community of women over fifty that will never have to feel alone or isolated.

I so hope this has been helpful.

–If you have questions, please comment below and I promise I will reply.

–If you’re starting an online business or blog, you may be interested in joining our Women Over Fifty Solopreneurs and Bloggers Facebook Group. Click HERE to join.

This post is #1 in the “Blogging for Baby Boomers” Series. 

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