Hi everyone! I’m participating in a special blog hop today organized by Katie at Katherine’s Corner. Called Between the Lines, the series focuses on bloggers of a “certain age,” that is, bloggers over fifty. Over ninety bloggers are involved over the course of several months, and today, I’m one of seven sharing what it’s like to be a blogger in the second half of life (click on the inlinkz frog icon at the end of this post to discover some great new bloggers).
I’m the kind of person who has never been afraid to try something new. In fact, I love learning about and experiencing all kinds of new things–places, foods, hobbies, you name it. I consider myself a life-long learner and would be quite happy taking a college class or two every year of my life, if I could afford it. In some ways, you could say the work I’ve put into creating and maintaining a website/blog is the rough equivalent of a few college courses. I can certainly see how a degree in computer science would enhance a person’s blogging experience.
I can still remember the very first computer training class I took back in 1988 while working for the New York State Legislature. I returned to my office after completing the one hour class, excited to create my very first document. After typing it in and formatting it to my liking, I accidentally deleted it. I was steaming, and vowed never to use a computer again. That lasted about three years, until I began a new job where every staff member had a computer on their desk. Well, it didn’t take me long to start using it and thoroughly enjoying all of its benefits.
So when I began blogging back in August of 2013, I had fairly strong computer skills, but nothing prepared me for the whole new world of site design. But because I initially viewed blogging as a hobby, I could take my time learning as I went, which I was able to do with the help of the many resources available online. Some younger folks could probably do a lot of this work in their sleep, since they’ve studied computers since elementary school. But gradually I learned how to create an attractive looking blog, improved my photography skills, and honed in on my strengths, i.e., writing about vintage and antiques.
Not until July of last year did I reach out to a blogging “professional” for help, and that involved moving my blog from Blogger to WordPress. And now I’m learning all kinds of new information about the WordPress platform, which is quite different from Blogger. And the cycle of learning continues…
What I’ve discovered over the past few years is that I love blogging! However, I’ve also come to the conclusion that to justify the amount of time I spend at it, I really need to start earning some income from it. This is yet another learning experience. I’ve dabbled in affiliate-marketing and considered writing sponsored posts, but have finally come to the conclusion that I’d prefer to promote my own products rather than someone else’s. So my first attempt at “monetizing” led to the opening of my Vintage Blog Shop. The second will take the form of an eBook I’m currently writing (and which I’m pretty excited about). So I guess the moral of the story is that we over-fifty gals still have something vital to offer the world. Don’t let anybody tell you any different.
Thank you so much Katie for this special opportunity
to join in your Between the Lines blog hop–you’re a sweetheart!
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