I have spent a large part of August exploring the hidden depths and dizzy heights of the internet. My search on the internet for positive stories about ageing goes on. You can see earlier posts on this theme by clicking on “CLOUD SURFING” in the TAG CLOUD”.
So far my hunt has been time consuming. It has been interesting nonetheless and I am beginning to gain some insight about how the internet is being used by older people, mainly of course in America.
I have found lots of blogs written by older people, thanks to a site put together by Ronni Bennett called “TIME GOES BY” (click on the link to see it). It has a massive blog roll, which is a list of links to blogs mainly written by older people. Most of them are written as diaries of later life and they give you a great insight of older people in America.
Most of what I have found has been in the USA and so I feel like Christopher Columbus with his trustee telescope searching for “land ahoy”. Thanks to Ronni Bennett’s website, my search has been made easier and it’s obvious that there is much more active involvement with older people on the internet, and blogging in particular, in the USA as compared to Great Britain.
Here are a few first impressions of what I have found so far:-
- Most positively, publishing your thoughts on the internet is a new hobby for many elders;
- You find some great examples of good writing and some brilliant photography;
- Geneology features in quite a few blogs and shows how the internet is being used to allow people to explore their family history;
- On the challenging side of later life, health issues feature quite prominently in a lot of peoples’ blogs;
- Families and support from friends also feature quite frequently;
- Most of all, you see great examples of people grasping the opportunity to learn new skills and seek new adventures.
Thank you Ronni Bennett for giving older people the chance to communicate their skills and wisdom around the world. I have found lots of interesting reading and several inspiring stories of how older people have created a new life for themselves in retirement. I’m still only half way through Ronni’s Elderblogs list, so I will continue my search in the following month and report back on what I find.