When I started blogging 10 years ago, I never thought much about where it would lead or what type of opportunities it would bring. I just wanted to capture my feelings as I approached my milestone 50th birthday. As many of you know, losing my husband two weeks shy of my 50th, broke my heart and turned my world upside down. (You can find my original blog at A Baby Boomer Woman’s Countdown to 50.)
In 2008, I decided to start this blog that you are reading today. It was a way to share all the changes I was going through at the time during my life after 50 — selling my house, emptying out my nest, meeting a new man, leaving my full-time career, pursuing my yoga teacher training, and traveling the world. During the past 10 years I reinvented myself and I continue to do so as my life evolves.
Now that I’m a few months away from 60, I like the new me. I’m also proud of the recent recognition that my blog and my writing has received. It has helped me open new doors that I never thought possible.
The blogosphere, including the boomer blogosphere, has become much more crowded in the past decade. Yet, I have never wavered from my values. I treat my readers with integrity and respect, the same way I want to be treated.
Top 75 Baby Boomer Blogs
“I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog A Boomers Life After 50 has been selected by our panelists as one of the Top 75 Baby Boomer Blogs on the web,” said Anuj, the founder of Feedspot, in his email to me earlier this month. “I personally give you a high-five. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 75 Baby Boomer Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!” Note: My blog is #36 on the list.
Feedspot curates blogs on the worldwide web. It was rewarding to see that they included my blog among other noteworthy boomer bloggers. I know many of the bloggers on the list and would like to congratulate their work as well. Be sure to check out all the boomer blogs.
Contributor to GettingOnTravel
Another way to be recognized in the blogosphere is to be accepted as a contributor to other blogs and websites. For example, I am a contributor to healthywomen.org, which features many of my blog posts, and to The Huffington Post. My writing has appeared on other midlife blogs, such as My Itchy Travel Feet and Midlife Boulevard.
This month, I became a contributing writer for GettingOnTravel, A Fresh Take On Luxury For Travellers Over 50. GettingOnTravel, was co-founded by two award-winning travel writers Irene S. Levine and Janice Mucalov. As the website says “GettingOnTravel is a premier online magazine for eye-opening explorations by seasoned travelers who are also great writers. Our awesome team of talented travel writers and bloggers are some of the best out there, writing especially for you!”
GettingOnTravel showcases information for travellers over 50 — including stories about cruises, food and wine, hotels and spas, adventure, books and gear, and more travel resources. They host fun giveaways too.
Can you see why I am excited to write for GettingOnTravel? Take a look at their site. It really is awesome and I’m thrilled to be a part of this accomplished team of contributors. My posts will appear about once a month with new content exclusive to their site.
My first feature is posted now: A Foodie’s Delight: Great Places to Eat in Positano.
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Stay Tuned For More Travel Posts
I’ve really enjoyed traveling since retiring from my full-time corporate job. And I’ve enjoyed sharing my travels with you on my blog.
My travel posts have been some of my most popular posts to date. Maybe that’s why I’m starting to get noticed by tourism boards, travel companies, and cruise lines offering to send me on trips to their cities, states, and countries.
Stay tuned because there is much more to come. I just returned from a week visiting Portland, Oregon and The Tualatin Valley, located in the northern Willamette Valley wine region, minutes from downtown Portland. I LOVED my visit and can’t wait to tell you all about it. For sure you’ll want to plan your own visit. My trip was courtesy of Travel Portland and Washington County Visitors Association.
Thanks For Your Readership
As always, my blog would not receive the recognition that it does if it wasn’t for you — my readers, social media fans and followers — thank you, thank you, thank you.