Most of the time family and friends don’t understand a blogger. I’m not alone as I think you have to be a blogger to know one. I love my blog and it gives me purpose.
Sometimes blogging can be difficult especially if you aren’t always sure if what you are writing is hitting the mark. When I first started blogging 5 years ago, I was like many bloggers out there who thought ‘I was going to make a difference in the lives of Women Over 50’. Maybe even the next big thing? LOL:)
I had recently taken early retirement and was forced into the decision because of one person who made my life hell and management would do nothing about it.
I’ve written about my struggles with this new phase of life called ‘Retirement’. Last week I shared with you a post What does your version of Retirement Look like ? which had a great response.
I have a love/hate relationship at times with blogging as the Mean Girl (who I’ve often written about) in my head, tells me that I’m:
‘Wasting my time”
‘Who wants to read what you have to say?’
‘You aren’t as good as you think you are’
I’m sure we all have these moments of self-doubt and not just in blogging, it can be in any area of our life.
A lovely surprise
I was scrolling through Facebook this morning and a post caught my eye. ‘The Best Bloggers Over 50’. I thought I would take a look as I enjoy reading what other Women in my demographic write about and I usually learn something.
A lovely surprise was that my blog had been mentioned in the list – Yes, Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond was mentioned along with 49 other inspiring women.
This is how my blog was described by It’s Rosy in their list of Best Bloggers Over 50. It will give you an idea of how readers and other bloggers view my blogging adventure.
“Inspirational and motivational, Sue Loncaric blogs about living well, thriving, and aging well for those in their 50s and 60s.
She shares tips in a step-by-step fashion that’s actually manageable. We like the attitude of this popular blogger. The site feels like you’re joining in on a special over-50 network of like-minded people.
Part of her introduction states, “It is time to embrace an Ageless Attitude and focus on life not the number by being fit, fabulous, healthy and happy.
I couldn’t have described the ethos behind my blog any better and feel so proud and validated.
5 reasons blogging enriches my life
A place to share my thoughts – my voice
Some people journal their thoughts and ideas and for me my blog represents my journal. Sometimes I write about personal issues I’m facing, other times I’ve learned something that I want to share with others. It is my voice.
Connections with my tribe
During the last 5 years I’ve made some wonderful friendships with other bloggers and also readers. For many of us friendships and connections are Cyber friendships and I treasure them as much as my ‘in real life’ friendships. I’ve also been very lucky to actually meet some of these wonderful women in real life. Blogging connections can be made worldwide.
Last year was a highlight as I managed to meet my friend Donna from Retirement Reflections who lives on Vancouver Island. We were docked there for a few hours on a cruise and it was lovely of Donna and Richard to show us the sights of Victoria and also enjoyed a meal with them and Natalie from Natalie the Explorer who had flown over from Toronto. I finally also met my Best Blogging Buddy , Leanne from Cresting the Hill as well as Debbie from Deb’s World who I love! I’ve shared some of my catch ups below.
A sense of purpose
Blogging grounds me and gives me a sense of purpose. It is my way of connecting with others and keeps my brain active.
Sharing my passion for health and well being Over 50
My blog is a way for me to share my love and passion for health and wellness Over 50. It brings me great satisfaction as I encourage others to look at their lifestyle and offer ways to become healthier and happier.