What are the benefits of blogging?
One digital form of connection (and entertainment) is blogs, which are conversational webpages created by either a person or a group and updated regularly.
They usually have a following of interested readers whom enjoy the writing style, themes and topics, and some people even participate in the blog’s associated online community.
There is opportunity to keep informed and entertained, relate to someone else’s journey or step into someone else’s shoes to understand their point of view. It has benefits for both the blogger and the audience.
Sixty-one-year-old Brisbane-based blogger Sue Loncaric launched her blogging journey four years ago after taking early retirement to spend time with her husband.
However, after one year in she found it hard to settle. “I had worked full time for most of my life [and] felt I had lost my purpose and was floundering. I needed something for me to put my energies into” Sue explains. “I knew I was passionate about living a healthy and active life, so I decided to start my blog to encourage women over 50 to embrace life with an ageless attitude. I wanted to inspire them to focus on enjoying their life rather than their ‘number’ and to realise that retirement only means retiring from work, not life.”
Her creation, Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond is the end-result and is all about making the most of this “fabulous time of life”. The blog attracts around 6,000 visitors per month, predominantly from Australia, USA, UK and Canada and she has over 2000 followers on Facebook and more than 1500 on Instagram.
Blogging through life changes
Another successful blogger, Chris Herrmann from Western Australia, has been writing about his travels since embarking on what he dubbed his ‘senior gap year’.
After losing his wife to cancer, the realisation that life can change in the blink of an eye encouraged him to step outside his comfort zone and travel solo.
While backpacking around the world, Chris documented his journey in his weekly blog myseniorgapyear.com, inspiring many with his experiences.
Positive feedback from his readers encouraged him to grow his blog posts into a book, which was launched earlier this year by the federal Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt.