It all started with our own Lisa's post, "Writing From the Middle Years. Or not."
Following Lisa's excellent post, Aimee Byrd kept the conversation going with her post, "Where Are the Mature Women Bloggers?" Persis added her thoughts, reflecting on what she wants to be when she grows up. Debi also contributed.
I really appreciated Deb Welch's contribution to the discussion, especially since she's been blogging at least as long I have, eleven years. She brought up a piece of the past, blogging aggregators. Aggregators were a great way to find other like-minded bloggers. That was back in the day when blogging was more social, and there was more discussion. I remember likening blogging to chatting over the fence with one's neighbours. Now, blogs have become almost like editorials minus the letters to the editor. They aren't as conducive to discussion. Perhaps that's better; I really don't know.
I remember being really glad to find blog aggregators, because it introduced me to other bloggers, mostly women who were interested in theology. It was such a relief to know I wasn't crazy for liking theology (well, maybe only a little crazy). The blog world is big, but it's kind of like what happens in local churches: about 30% of the people do 100% of the work. There are a handful of blogs everyone reads, but surely there must be good blog reading we don't see. And there does seem to be a shortage of women in their late 40's and older, hence the discussion begun by Lisa.
The issue has been evaluated and pondered, and there are obviously many reasons why older women aren't blogging; busy lives, the need to guard privacy, or perhaps those who used to blog just got tired of it. Whatever the reasons are, many of us are wondering where the older women bloggers are if, indeed, there are still some out there. We here at Out of the Ordinary would be what I consider "older," i.e. mid-forties, kids grown up, some of us have been married a long time. I'm so thankful to blog with these women. They sharpen me, encourage me, challenge me, bless me, and pray for me. But surely, there must be more out there.
Are there bloggers out there who are just not know to us? Are there older ladies out there who blog faithfully but whom we simply haven't met yet? This was a question I had last week. As an older woman myself, I'm very conscious that the female Christian blog world is a young woman's venue now. Sometimes, I feel like I am not very relevant any longer. I'm getting curmudgeonly. Are there older women who just don't write because they don't feel there is a place for them?
In 2011, one of our bloggers, Diane Bucknell, hosted a blogging "tea party." She invited bloggers to introduce themselves in the comments, including where they blogged. It was through that post that I got to know Diane and a couple of others. Because it's the Christmas season, and I'm still recovering from a busy semester and need to write something light, I'm inviting older Christian women who blog to share in the comments. Tell us who you are and where you write. Do you know a woman who blogs whom you think we should meet? Share that with us. And even if you are not an "older woman," tell us anyway! Maybe you don't post often, and maybe only your mom or your sister reads you blog. We'd like to hear, anyway.
Social media and the internet is supposed to help with connecting people. It's a big place, and it's not always easy to do that. We would like to connect with more women, so please be invited to share with us who you are.