If you haven’t already discovered it, check out Dr. Bill Thomas’s new idea: http://changingaging.org/ A way to get your blog out to the public as part of a ‘blogstream,’ and improve the chance of going viral with a post or idea that you feel strongly about. That’s the only reason you would blog anyway. Most of us, Pioneer Woman — Martha Stewart on the range — notwithstanding, don’t make a living from a blog. Even if you’re passionate about your subject, getting started as a blogger is the easy part. Sustaining the effort at the same high caliber may not be. Even Seth Godin who sends stuff out every day, isn’t brilliant 100 per cent of the time (but 95 per cent ain’t bad).
If you have an idea for blogging to the mature age group, I encourage you to sign up for the Changing Aging blogstream and see what other savvy older adults have to say about a wide range of subjects. And just for good measure, here are a few of my favorite blogs in no particular order. Why they make the cut will be self-evident: idiosyncratic (good) and with content is both informative and fun to read (even better). Most posts are short, or if not, at least the germ of the piece is in the lead, so you know right away if it’s your cup of chai. Enough said:
- SquawFox Frugal fun from a young, savvy Canadian
- Green Skeptic My friend, Scott Edward Anderson’s enlightening (pun intended) blog
- Zen Habits Beautiful design and thoughtful prose on slowing down.
- Six Word Memoirs Not strictly speaking a blog, but inspiring the way a blog can be. Try writing your own Six Word biography.
- Slow Food USA How to slow down and savor the flavor.
- Poetry Blogs A doorway to all things poetry
Well, easy no (Kermit, my friend), but possible.Â You will have to make changes in how you live that seem so small they couldn’t possibly have an impact.Â You will risk making friends uncomfortable.Â You may be labeled Treehugger — like there’s something wrong with appreciating a reliable source of oxygen.Â Don’t be surprised to learn that innovation will probably begin at the grass roots — hey, that’s us, particularly those of us old enough to remember when Global Warming was barely a blip on the radar.Â If we keep working, our solutions and ideas will percolate up to those in power, or maybe we’ll create a new power base.
We have to embrace activism but without the us vs. them, blame-and-shame game that tends to alienate people when we can spare no one.Â We need to “act as if what we want is already true,” to paraphrase a quote circulating in New Age circles.Â Author and expert on the power of intention, Lynne McTaggart had a radical suggestion about the spill in the Gulf in the three-part teleconference series: The Gulf Call to Sacred Action.Â She suggested to her listeners that we stop demonizing BP for this disaster which could have occurred at any one of hundreds of deep water drilling sites, and start imagining that BP engineers are successful at capping the leak.Â And then, imagine that the massive cleanup that follows unites people and resources in unprecedented, effective ways.Â McTaggart is best known for her research into the power of intention (The Intention Experiment, Free Press — Simon & Schuster 2007).Â Other visionaries on the call: Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston.
We need to find, fund, nurture, and support people who are working on solutions:
Here are a few examples:
“It’s not that easy being green
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves…
But green’s the color of Spring.
And green can be cool and friendly-like.
And green can be big like an ocean, or important like a mountain,
or tall like a tree…”