I’m a grandmother blogger, and love the title. There’s a growing band of women who are happy to claim the status of grandmother blogger.
We don’t write only about our grandchildren. Instead, our writing ranges much broader, and touches on our other interests, from travel and the arts to history and health.
There’s no reason why people shouldn’t write blogs about their grandchildren, because grandmothers delight in their status, and delight in sharing stories about their grandchildren. Blog posts are a perfect platform to share those stories.
Grand-mothering is a topic dear to my heart, also, but I haven’t yet written much about it on my blog.
Recently, I spoke at the Duncraig Library as part of the ongoing program they facilitate to encourage lifelong learning. The men and women in the audience were mostly older folk. Because they are committed to lifelong learning they responded to what I said about my blogging.
The Library used the term ‘grandmother blogger’ in its publicity for my talk. Some people might not like the label of grandmother, but because I was blessed with my first grandchild when I was 43 I have grown used to it. I fell in love with my first granddaughter and love being grandmother.
I really like the term grandmother blogger, because it connects me with other older women who also blog.
Why people write blogs
People write blogs for all sorts of reasons, in the same way that some people write novels and others write memoirs or poetry. Some people garden and others run marathons. Reasons why they do what they do vary from one person to the next.
Consultant Amanda Kendle, facilitator of an online social media summer school I joined in January, challenged those who participated every week-day for three weeks.
Some might say the challenges were relentless, and some days that’s how I, also, felt. But Amanda certainly knew how to encourage us to move from one level of proficiency to the next, in the quickest time possible.
One question she asked, early in the course, was, ‘What is your Why?’ It’s a simple enough question at face value. I answered it in a blog called Social media and lifelong learning. That was my answer to one question, ‘Why did I enrol in the course?’
The more I think about the question, though, the more I can see its value in many unrelated situations.
As part of my preparation for the talk at the library, I asked myself, ‘Why do I enjoy being a grandmother blogger?’ Here is the list I came up with.
Some of the reaons I enjoy being a grandmother blogger
- Blogging gives me the opportunity to write about things I’m passionate about or interested in as an older woman
- My blog provides a platform where I can challenge stereotypes about ageing and about older people
- It is a place to encourage others to challenge stereotypes as well
- Writing a blog satisfies my urge to contribute to the world from knowledge acquired over a long life
- It gives me a place to explore my ideas about ageing as well as many other issues and to share them
- There is something immediate about a blog which satisfies my writer-role
- I enjoy the connections and interactions with like-minded people
- My lifelong learning journey has enriched my life and blogging is a way to share that.
- I like the discipline and purpose of writing regularly for an audience.
- Blogging, including writing, photography, maintaining a website and putting it all together, is a creative activity.
Here are links to two grandmother bloggers I like.
You can find Nan’s Farm Inside Out where the writer, Sue, a retired teacher, writes about her life in Yorkshire at https://nansfarm.net/
Grandma Williams is a retired physiotherapist. Her writing is wise, witty and educational. You can find her blog at https://grandmawilliams.com/
If you are a grandmother blogger, I’d love to connect with you. If you know anyone who thinks of herself as a grandmother blogger, please leave her address in the comments.