This blog post will not only motivate you but coach you and make you accountable for developing/nurturing your business blog. Pay close attention to the link to another dynamic post that will give you dynamic tips for building your list.
When Baby Boomers blog is it just a lot of BLAH, BLAH, BLAH? I say YES!!!
Look at my mnemonic for BLAH and let me know what you think.
Many baby boomers I know blog about some aspect of their business. They share their success, failures and visions. Some may think that baby boomers are too old to think about new business goals or even starting a new business. But when I think about people like Dave Thomas, The Colonial of Kentucky Fried Chicken many online entrepreneurs I am convinced that age really is just a number.
Baby boomers often blog about their many “loves”. Their love of gardening, love of people, love of grandchildren, love, love, love. I Love reading blogs that target a passion that oozes with creativity and charm. These blogs are often uninhibited and can touch every emotion we have. They also just make you feel good.
Many baby boomers were involved in social action activities that reflected their convictions and beliefs. Today there are baby boomers who blog with the purpose of moving us to social involvement beyond a passive philosophical discussion. These are powerful blogs that are infused with the momentum that social media platforms can provide.
Do you want more resources on caregiving? Boomer blogs can help. Do you want to know how to navigate a job search after 50? Boomer Blogs can help. Do you want to know how to blog? Boomer blogs can help.
I find that baby boomer blogging is providing an almost infinite source of resources. Why? Because we just love to HELP.
So where does your blogging fit in the BLAH, BLAH, BLAH?
I just posted about a creative way a Non-Profit organization used their WordPress.com blog to get registrations for a webinar. It is so cool. Of course if you are on WordPress.org you can use a plug in like Event Registar or RSVP Maker. I know there are others and feel free to share them.
Yes, there are Pinterest Boards that focus on Baby Boomers and their many interests. ! I have a listed 10 of them below. I know there are more. Many of the boards focus on baby boomer issues , hobbies plus more. But the board may not be named “baby boomer.” For example, I have a board just on African American Coins. Whereas, this Pinterest board is by a baby boomer it does not contain the words “baby boomer.”
Please, please if you have a board on Pinterest that focuses on an area of interest to baby boomers please share it so we can follow. Also, consider naming some of your boards with the key words “baby boomer.”
So, take a few minutes and visit boards below. Don’t worry you can still view them even if you do not have an account. But if you want to get started with and account let me know and I will send you an invite. I just need your email address. Enjoy!
Is Pinterest a booming social media site? Are baby boomers using Pinterest? Are baby boomer bloggers using Pinterest? How are baby boomers and baby boomer bloggers using it? Well I have decided to explore these questions with this series of posts. Isn’t that what we baby boomers do so well?
Personally, I have decided to go deeper into my study of Pinterest. Although I started an account and my hubby has to, I am exploring how others set up their boards and the kinds of things they pin. (Be sure to let us know if you are on Pinterest so we can follow.)
Ignite an excellent social media site in January provided a nice demographic breakdown of those pinning in Pinterest. They noted that many baby boomers are, like others, pinning home improvement, craft and travel ideas. Read Ignite’s post.
From my preliminary work on Pinterest I am captivated by how many baby boomer and blogging boards on Pinterest. As a result I am not only having fun but fun learning. So, in the next couple of postings I will share some of the boards and pins I have found that are by or about baby boomers on Pinterest.
Meanwhile, those of you who are thinking about jumping into the sea of Pinterest but need to know the basics. I have a book I am currently reading that I am finding super helpful. If any of you have other teaching aids and e-books on Pinterest please leave them in the comments.
Now if you want to get deeper into the marketing aspects you might want to read this one the book listed below by the same author. Actually, I am going to order it after I finish writing this post.
How do you know if your blog posts are too spammy? Recent someone sent me an article that addresses this issue. I think that we must stay current because many things we may have done in the past with keywords may not work well with the Google rules today. Be sure to read the sample article in the post that makes a clear case against putting links in your posts that are not relevant, plus more insights.
Note: The material in the article after the first two paragraphs is an example of a spammy post. Don’t feel bad if you need to read the article again to dissect it. Ask any questions or make any clarifying comments by clicking on the comment button after the post.
Has social media replaced the water cooler? Some of you remember the live chats during the breaks in your work day? Many of us are working alone at our computers. When we have to ask questions we will check with an online friend or group. For example, I do Ebay, Amazon, Etsy and working on more. There are groups on Facebook, LinkedIn and others that offer support from others. For example I have a piece of “possible Jade sculpture” that I picked up at a yard sale I posted a picture of it in one of my groups for feedback before I listed it.
Moments before I created this post I saw a posting on Facebook from an online friend, who I have never met in person, has had quite an influence on my blogging over the years. Her name is Beverly Mahone. She is a baby boomer who has helped to unite other baby boomer women online. Recently she shared her new book with her online friends and even had a free download.
Now, you have to know that Beverly will not just promote her book but because she shares her skills she will provide information on HOW she promoted it because she is also a extraordinary journalist. She has created online communities for other women to share their expertise.
When I took a break from working this morning I saw an answer from another online couple to a question I had about Pinterest. This generous couple, Wesley N Laurlee saw one of my “pins” to an Ebay listing on Facebook and instant messaged me with some tips.
Now there are many other baby boomers that are “struttin” their stuff online. They are not just doing mindless gossip but sharing tips, expertise, help with caregiving plus more. We have come a long way baby boomers from that water cooler.
What are you doing online that you used to do around the water cooler?
The other day an exercise teacher told the class that we would develop muscle memory if we kept repeating certain exercises. My question was “What if your muscles get dementia. But what she said made sense and I have started sharing that concept in my blogging classes. The more you blog the more you really do remember and can blog faster with less pain.
Try it. Set a goal today to create at least seven (7) blog posts in the next five (5) days. You can send me the links, if you wish, and I will visit. That helps to increase my comment memory. (smile)
I love checklists! I still try to multi-task but finding it more challenging. Even while I write this post my husband is testing a record before posting on Ebay. Then he decided to video the record playing on the speakers he is also posting on Ebay. He turns to me and says ” These speakers are as beautiful as my wife”. I was startled and got distracted from the downloading of the Blogging Checklist plugin and my thoughts on what I was going to post. In addition, I was also traumatized that he would use the video of my poor posture on the laptop and unplanned punk rock hairdo.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. I am preparing for a blogging class with a local coalition group. I decided that I should add a checklist. In my research I came upon a really cool plugging with FIVE STARS called Blogging Checklist. Now, after you install the plugin it will live in your SETTINGS. (I am always looking for where to configure those plugins after I download them)
The plugin gives you great examples that you cut and paste into the in the dashboard.
Now you can add your own options by placing brackets around your choices. [sing a happy song]
Once you complete your checklist and finish your post those options are there for your next post. So, I am trying this out and if you do also let me know.
Meanwhile, the class I am teaching is for WordPress.com and I will need to give them an old fashion paper copy of this handy job aid for them to put by their computer. That is one of the good things about being a baby boomer, “You don’t forget the old way of doing things.” (I hope)