Q1 Why am I blogging?
- I have something to say about all things “elderly”
- Writing can be therapeutic
- Fun when it flows easily – a topic that fires my imagination
- Frustrating when on an important issue – the simple concepts won’t come to mind
- It’s an opportunity to work with Tom (son) and to capture his irreverent sense of humour and his talented artistic expression which needs and deserves an outlet.
- It’s a new career which I could still be pursuing in a bathchair in my garden in my 90’s.
Q2 What should I be blogging about?
- Social policy is where I started but it is a complex subject riddled with interactions. There are no black and white issues. Shades of grey and nuance are not for twittering.
- I am looking for more of a discussion than to be building definitive statements. Assertion is my most natural style, but in blogging I am more aiming to provoke thought in others and influence outcomes.
- So far my “subscriber comments” have been few and far between. Although their views have added real colour and valuable insight. One regular and frequent commentator has become my “expert at large”.
- The second group of issues I stumbled upon are the everyday issues of getting old – pills, print and packaging. Fun topics with serious marketing implications.
- The market is not age-friendly and marketeers are blind to the lost opportunities before them.
- Finally, as I am doing right now, the time-out chance to listen, read, observe and reflect on anything and everything but still with a view to finding the elusive wisdom and poetry of ageing.
Q3 Where do I want the blog to go in the long-term? i.e. what is the vision?
- Longer term I would like the blog to be a place to go to, to find a valued opinion on all things elderly
- I don’t know whether this is a 3-year or 30-year project, but there is no business plan so the journey should be exciting – like exploration and discovery.
- Essential to have a strong element of older people involvement and leadership.