5 Pittsburgh Steeler and 5 Green Bay Packers Blogs for Boomer Bloggers

Are you planning to look at blogs about the two Superbowl giants Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers this week? If yes, I thought you would enjoy looking at some popular blogs dedicated to the teams. So I have listed five (5) blogs for each team and the current post. Perhaps it may give you ideas about doing your own fan blog.

In addition, be sure to post comments to these sites.  Not only does your opinion count but it is what we baby boomer bloggers have in abundance. Right?  In addition, hit that like button on Facebook, Digg it, Tweet it and all the other good social bookmarket and social network things we can do. Enjoy the game this weekend.

5 Pittsburgh Steeler Blogs and Latest Post

1. Behind The Steel Curtain

Is Flozell Adams More of a Steeler Than He Ever Was a Cowboy?

2. DC Steeler Nation

Team Rallying Around Flozell, Of All People

3. Steelers Depot

Flozell Adams Monday Press Conference Transcript Quotes Superbowl XLV

4. Pittsburgh Steelers Fanatic

Why Even Steelers Fans Love Mike McCarthy

5. Steelers Today

Polamalu Named AP Defensive Player of the Year

5 Green Bay Packer Blogs

1.  Packers Gab

Playmate Jaime Edmondson Showing Her Love For The Packers!

2. Acme Packing Blog

Packers Super Bowl Media Day – At Cowboys Stadium

3. Packer Chatters

Super Bowl XLV: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers, The Teams and Their Fans

4. The Packer Backer Blog

Packers: Jclombardi Guest On NY Sports Network

5.  My Official Green Bay Packer Blog

Rodgers vs Roethlisberger

Press Release: Top Bloggers Named by Boomer Diva Nation Organization

Take a few minutes out of your busy day to read this special press release “Top Bloggers Named by Boomer Diva Nation Organization!

Also note that this press release site is free and a great tool for your blogging messages in 2011.  The service also allows you to place the embed code for the press release directly in the html of your blog. How cool!

So, once again, read the press release “Top Bloggers Named by Boomer Diva Nation and visit those great baby boomer blogs written by boomer divas!

Why And How I Moved My Static Website to a Dynamic Blogging Home Part 2

There are a lot of hosts out there in the big internet city but all of them would not work with my website that would become a blog. It was important to make the right move.

The Internet City is Full of Hosts

When I decided to transfer my static site to a blogging platform I needed to have a discussion with the manager of my host. You see, my static site went up when I knew nothing about hosting. I met someone who said they could host my site. But during that time I learned a great deal from him because he is a technology trainer.
Eventually, I was able to glean sense from some of the techi talk. I am not going to lie, at first I felt like a zombie trying to follow the steps shared with me in navigating the control panel. Sometimes I fought it and only wanted him to do what ever needed to be done. I was more concerned with trying to update my pages.
But later, after I started blogging, I was familiar with the hosts for my blogs. My host had my site on a dedicated  server. When I spoke to him about transferring my site to my one of the two shared server hosts. I knew I could have just had him point my url to my new host. But instead I decided to see if his host could accommodate my new blog platform.

I tried to bring over my items but kept running into major issues. The host could not accomodate wordpress.org. You see it is important that the host can handle the right version of the reqirued database as well as PHP version. So, after reviewing some things , you know, my hostmaster decided to change hosts! He actually explored the idea of blogging and liked it. Not only did it help me but also helped some of his projects.
Now, this is not always the case. So, be sure to check with your webmaster or whoever is hosting your site to see if they can still host your blog on the same host currently hosting your static website. I have included some information from the WordPress.org site on hosts that can handle this powerful open-source program. WordPress says:

We recommend Linux with either the Apache or NGINX web-servers as the most robust platforms for running WordPress, but any server that supports PHP and MySQL will do. If your host doesn’t support one of these platforms, and mod_rewrite, you will probably be better off switching to one of the many hosting providers that do offer those choices.
It is also essential that your host allows remote connections, for many of the WordPress features to work. If your host blocks outgoing HTTP connections, many parts of the WordPress will not function.
Recommended server setup:
* PHP version 5.2 or greater
* MySQL version 5.0 or greater

Some other Issues might apply, for Details, see my technical Installation Checklist.
Hosting providers

Hosting is a commodity these days and with a little digging it’s easy to find a host that supports the above. If you’re looking for hosting suggestions, please try:

* WordPress Recommended Hosts – these hosts support WordPress, in more ways than one.

The current hosts I use for all my blogs are listed on my Resource Page.

Do You Want People To Tweet Your Posts?

If you want people to be able to Tweet your Posts on Twitter then try adding a special plugin to your WordPress blog. A fellow baby boomer blogger, Heidi Caswell, just created a video showing you HOW TO ADD THE TWEET THIS plugin to your blog. Ok, some of you already know but others reading this will find this to be worth the time viewing.

So enjoy this post on how to add the plugin that will enable folks to Tweet your posts.

Be sure to hang out a while on her site. She has loads of goodies.

Oh, guess what, I added that cool plugin on this site. Soooo, you can feel free to Tweet it.

Do You Blog Like You Hula?

Baby Boomers, Hula hoops and Blogging

Baby Boomers, Hula hoops and Blogging

Baby Boomers-

How many of you are blogging like you handle a hula hoop?

  • Some of us have forgotten how to hula and seldom consider picking it up again.  I have a few blogs that have been neglected. Sure I used to be consistant and kept my stats up like a hula on my hips. But now I need to go back and practice once again.
  • Some of us get that hula on our hips and as soon as it starts losing momentum and slides down we just don’t know how to scoop down and bring it back up. I got hacked two times. It is not a good thing. I was ready to let that blog go to blog heaven. But then I decided not to give up and picked it up and kept blogging.  NOTE: That’s why I am taking Cathy Perkins  security workshop to prevent that blog from slipping off my hips again.
  • Some of us have never had a hula on our hips. Not that you don’t want to but just need someone to push it around your waist until you can keep it going. Well, you may be feeling like that when it comes to blogging. That’s why I am doing a “hold you hand” blog class to get your hula going.

Oh, did I mention that some folks can work the hula hoop on their neck and arms?

My Baby Boomer Twitter Connections-@MarcMiddleton

Today I took a good look at Marc Middleton, Founder of the awesome site Growing Bolder. Now why do I appreciate this Twitter connection? Ok, I am so glad you asked. I have 3 reasons listed below.

1. I adore his background because he is dancing. I think all baby boomers should dance, especially between blogging if you can. If not move your shoulders, neck and whatever else can move ever hour at the computer.

2. He is following most of the folks who are following him.

3/ I was reminded to revisit his site. I joined in March, 2008 but it is so bare bones. So I must go in and add meat to those skinny bones. The meat will be adding my blogs to the 882 listed. Joining in the discussions. Viewing the videos and audios and perhaps adding to them.

So follow him because he has some good Tweets and also join his site, Growing Bolder!

Are You In Generation Jones? Do You Blog?

Do you belong to Generation Jones, or the so-called Lost Generation? Do you still consider yourself a baby boomer? Does blogging come easier to you?

Generation Jones (the long-lost generation between the Boomers and Xers, born 1954-1965.
Read what Wikipedia has to say:

American social commentator Jonathan Pontell defined this generation and coined the term naming it. Generation Jones has been referred to as a heretofore lost generation between the Baby boomers and Generation X, since prior to the popularization of Pontell’s theory, its members were included with either the Boomers or X’ers.

The name “Generation Jones” has several connotations, including: a large anonymous generation, and a “Keeping up with the Joneses” competitiveness borne from this generation’s populous birth years. The connotation, however, which is perhaps best known stems from the slang word “jones” or “jonesing”, which means a yearning or craving. Jonesers were the people who as teens in the 1970’s made this slang word popular, but beyond this historical claim, many believe the concept of jonesing is among this generation’s key collective personality traits. Jonesers were given huge expectations as children in the optimistic 1960’s, and then confronted with a different reality as they came of age in the pessimistic 1970’s, leaving them with a certain unrequited, jonesing quality.

In demographic terms, Generation Jones was part of the baby boom which ended in the early 1960s. However, the events stereotypically associated with generational discussion of Boomers, including protests over civil rights and the Vietnam war and the emergence of rock music took place while the members of Generation Jones were still children or early teenagers. This is the situation described by Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious, who said that he had missed the Summer of Love because he was too busy playing with his Action Man. Thus the early life experience of this group was more similar, in many respects, to that commonly imputed to Generation X. Generation Jones is thus associated with such pop icons such as Pong, the “Walkman”, Rubik’s Cube and MTV.

This age group became politically active in the United States during the Presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, who was extremely popular among people of this age group. “The turn toward the Republicans was based very much on how the young felt about Ronald Reagan’s performance in office,” said Helmut Norpoth, a political scientist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In the 2008 election, surveys found that fans of classic rock music, popular during this period, tended to favor the Republicans.

Generation Jones has been the recipient of extensive media attention. It has been written about in hundreds of newspapers and magazines and discussed frequently on TV and radio shows. Pontell appears regularly on TV networks such as CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC, discussing the cultural, political, and economic implications of this generation’s emergence.

In the business world, Generation Jones has become a part of the strategic planning of many companies and industries, particularly in the context of targeting Jonesers through marketing efforts. Numerous industries have created new products and brands to specifically target Jonesers, like the radio industry, which has created “GenJones” radio formats.

Politically, Generation Jones has emerged as a crucial voting segment in Western elections. In the U.S. 2006 Midterm and 2004 Presidential elections, and the 2005 U.K. elections, Generation Jones’ electoral role was widely described as pivotal by the media and political pollsters. In the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, Generation Jones was again seen as a key electoral segment, partly because of its large size as almost a third of all voters, and because of the high degree to which its members were swing voters during the election cycle. Influential journalists like Clarence Page and Peter Fenn] singled out Generation Jones voters as crucial in the final weeks of the campaign.

The election to President of Barack Obama, born in 1961, focused more attention on Generation Jones. Many influential journalists, publications, and experts pointed out that Obama is a member of Generation Jones, including Jonathan Alter (Newsweek),[David Brooks (The New York Times), and Karen Tumulty (Time Magazine

Well, I gues the next question is do you mind being called a baby boomer too?

Baby Boomers Blog to Beat the Blahs on Thanksgiving?

Do you blog to beat the blahs on Thanksgiving? I asked my baby boomer hubby Ray, “Why do you think folks blog on Thanksgiving?” Shouldn’t they be sitting at somebody’s table eating? at first he said, “Why do they watch the football games?” After we laughed he then said, “Maybe they do it to beat the blahs.”

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day to give thanks. Many folks share the day with family and friends. Yet, many folks are in pain either physically or mentally. We think about others no longer with us or those in the hospital or nurshing homes. We think about those who are homeless, just got bad news, or facing other major issues. How can they be thankful?

Yet, many find the strength to give thanks in the midst of their pain. Some through spiritual support and others by sharing with others. I mean the act of feeding the homeless or visiting someone who cannot sit at a thanksgiving table can take away the impact of your own situation.

Now how does blogging beat the blahs? I have often sat down and posted to a blog to share in virtual space my experience or tell a story. Somehow the act of sharing or even teaching takes your mind of so much drama. When you read other’s posts on a holiday like thanksgiving there is a strange kind of kinship.

This is especially true if no one at the table understand what you are talking about when you refer to blogging. It can be very lonely at times.

Perhaps you are lonely or bored. Or maybe someone dropped of a dinner for you to enjoy and you sit the plate to the left of the  computer and start blogging. Don’t know but I do know and believe my husband is right. Blogging can beat the blahs- if you have an internet connection and paid the bill.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Baby Boomer Bloggers. May you find many things to be thankful for this holiday.

Do you believe blogging can beat the blahs?