Monday, 17 February 2014

Is blogging an age thing?

My last post seemed to attract a lot of interest, and almost everyone who replied remembered the day we went over to decimal currency.   That means that all these people must be well into their forties and it leads me to think that blogging is for the forty to eighty plus age group.  What do younger people use?

I would find it hard to do without blogging now - it has opened up a whole new world to me and made me such a lot of friends - some of whom I have met, both at home and abroad, some of whom I have entertained in my own home, and many that I would dearly love to meet because I really do consider them to be friends.

That daily contact with folk who are interested in the same things, or who show me a side of life, or a place in the world I wouldn't otherwise see, make a much fuller life for me at any rate.

It is also good for the old brain to have to think of a new topic each day, to have to research it if necessary, to have to physically sit down and type it in and then to have to go down my side bar reading all the blogs for the day and commenting on them.   Just like having a lot of interesting conversations face to face as far as I am concerned. 

So thank you dear bloggers for making my days - rain or shine - (or thick fog as it is today) brighter.

22 comments:

Em Parkinson said...

I think most people under forty spend their days on Facebook Pat. I just can't be bothered with it!

Tom Stephenson said...

10-12, MySpace. 12-40, Facebook. 40-death, Blogging. Sad but normally true.

Hildred said...

Oh sure, - who else has time!! To blog, that is..... I am like you, Pat, - I find a great deal of pleasure and no end to the encouragement blogging lends to imagination and curiosity, - and discipline too, I guess. And I too treasure the friends in blogland, especially now, living alone.

Frances said...

Hello from sunny, but very cold, New York. I enjoyed your post about the UK money going decimal. I do remember that my first London visit was during the prior era, and I did a lot of studying before my trip...trying to get familiar with the various combinations of coins.

I am delighted to report that I still have some of those coins, kept in an old cup with some pre-euro coins from other lands. Beautiful coins, every one.

Although I am 68, I do still work four days a week, and wish that I had more time to do my own blogs. The sites that I visit seem to have authors of all ages, and are from right around the globe. It's that variety that makes blogging so interesting and fun.

Cheers!

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

I think the youngsters blog more about fashion and tech stuff. And then there's the whole so-called "mommy bloggers." I guess there must be "daddy-bloggers," too. I want to especially second Hildred's post. For me, it really is something about the discipline. Of writing and not just fading away.

Heather said...

I would feel deprived if I couldn't have my daily blogging session to find out what my virtual friends have been up to. Sadly I don't have your discipline or dedication and have been very lax recently. I think younger people prefer Facebook and texting for keeping in touch with their friends.

Willow said...

And thank you my dear , for making ours !

Compostwoman said...

Facebook seems the route for the less than 30 ish ...Blogging is mainly for those over 40 I think ...

I do both ( at 52) but then I still have a business to think of so have to.

Whatever, it is great to connect with lovely, like minded folk :)

Casey said...

I think blogging is for the older crowd. The youngsters mostly go for twitter and facebook anymore. It's sad how they don't mind being bothered by all the junk available to them on those platforms. I echo your sentiments about blogging and those of the folks who have commented already. Blogging and reading blogs of other folks day-to-day is so much more interesting.

Cloudia said...

Ditto!



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the veg artist said...

Being able to read a variety of blogs, from writers of all ages, from different parts of this country and the world, and on a wide range of topics (although I am really not fond of bunting or austerity chic!) makes my day. I could not bear to be without them now, so, on behalf of all your readers and lurkers, THANK YOU.

Arija said...

Hallo Pat, sorry for my absence for a bit. I just read your last post as well and, after having first encountered imperial weights and measures at 13 and having got my head around pounds, goodness, there is not even a sign for them on the computer!, shillings and pence and having to work out what three apples that did not fit into a simple fraction of a pound in weight cost. My after school and Sat. morning job was at a fruiterer's.Well, I got my head around all that and could do it at speed and then the flip side of going back to metric. No problem at all except for estimating height . . . I still do it in feet and inches and convert. Seems a bit odd but there it is.

There may be a preponderance of older bloggers but there are a few very young ones too, especially if they are interested in a particular topic. An outstanding one is a 10 year old budding ornithologist who posts regularly, photographs well and writes very insightfully about the birds and experts in the field he meets.

angryparsnip said...

Thank You for making my day so much more interesting. I look for your blog on my side bar too !
I so wish I knew you when I traveled around your neighborhood.

cheers, parsnip

Mary said...

I only 'do' my blog - no other social media. To be a dedicated blogger - posting, reading and commenting - takes a lot of time and energy. I'm coming up to the seventh anniversary of my blog and have enjoyed it very much, mainly because of the wonderful friends I've made, and some I've met, and because it is my creative outlet and keeps me on my toes.

Love reading all you teach us about farm life Pat - know I've told you that before - and of course reading anything about England written by those of you still living there, brings my true home close to me over here.

Hugs - Mary

P.S. Here, grandkids are all doing mostly just Instagram now - even Facebook is falling flat on its face with the young, excuse the pun!

Cro Magnon said...

Now where did I leave my teeth; I'm sure I had them yesterday!

thelma said...

I love reading your blog and others of course, for a moment in time we are whisked off into another world.

Crafty Green Poet said...

younger people who blog, as far as i can tell would use LiveJournal, though not sure how active that community still is. Then of course they're more likely to be on Facebook or Bebo (which is a specifically youth oriented version of Facebook - the young people seem to be deserting FB). Myspace used to be very popular with young people but then collapsed to a large extent and I'm not sure whether their rebranding revitalised them.

I use Facebook, I choose who and what i want to listen to and mute all the rest, but still blogging and Twitter are my favourite online activities.

My parents (in their 70s) won't go online at all, even to read my blog,

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I just did a little research by clicking on 'Cambridgeshire' on my profile to see who else came up. Surprise, surprise - more young bloggers than old; admittedly a lot are foreign students posting a diary for folks at home which is probably a Cambridge thing, but also other immigrants keeping in touch with friends, young parents blogging about their children, travellers posting about their travels, lots of fashion, high-tech stuff, artists and photographers, aspiring writers....not all of it interests me but they are out there.

simplesuffolksmallholder said...

I certainly wouldn't have had time for blogging 15 or even 10 years ago. It opens up a new world of friends, interesting people and even weird people, who I would never meet otherwise. Let's keep going even if we are over 50!

MorningAJ said...

Maybe I'm the only one who has to read blogs for my job, but I know there are blogs out there by all age groups. It's just that we old fogeys gravitate towards one another. Let's face it, no-one under 40 would care about pre-decimal currency.

Becca McCallum said...

Age 26 here! I blog, but mostly to keep myself writing stories and to share them with my friends. I also use facebook, but only with the strictest privacy controls they allow. I use Twitter for my work - at first I was very scathing of it, but I actually quite enjoy it now. I think it's useful for businesses, charities and free-lance professionals. I also must confess to using Pinterest a lot - I have a work account where I pin images that are from our site, or relate to the 18th century, poets, or museums. I also have a personal account that I use to collect together images that inspire my writing, or link to articles that I've used for research. Anyway, that's my tuppenceworth.

Jeri Landers said...

Well I am 60 and wouldn't go near facebook or twitter with a 10 foot pole. Most bloggers I know are in their 40's and up up up. Maybe it is because we have more time to compose our thoughts, or because we are of a generation that is more disciplined and less selfish.