When we launched high50 back in June, we started with three assumptions about our community: first, if you’re parents, you have more time than most, as the kids are beginning to find their own feet; second, you have more money than most people; and third, you’re comfortable using computers.
We also took a position on the internet: that it differs fundamentally from print in being a democratic, friendly and inclusive medium. So, while a newspaper journalist would rather file a truthful expenses claim than commend a rival publication, we have always been happy to trumpet the work of fellow travellers.
A site aimed at women of a certain age? We ran a feature on the Weekly Wrinkle. A site for so-called Boomers? We saluted Arianna Huffington and her new venture, HuffPost50. And in the same spirit – acknowledging that, however much time and money you have, the net is a very, very big space – we asked our channel editors to save you some of both by recommending sites you might find of interest.
Thus were born our regular ‘five best sites’ features. The top five nudist beaches in Europe? Oliver Bennett supplied the URLs. The five best sites for sex therapy? Celia Dodd had the addresses. The five best football videos? Julie Welch was on the ball.
Thus it continued. Dinah Hall went from the sublime (sites for contemporary cool furniture) to the ridiculous (sites for ultra-modern homes). Elaine Lemm sourced booze and pantry staples. Daniela Soave found the best sites for gents’ haircare and for dieting advice. Walking, yoga, opera, sexual support, gardening blogs – our experts scoured the net for you.
There was only one snag. As the weeks passed, we realised that – among all our other wonderful offerings – these nuggets of usefulness were being ‘lost’. How many of you would sufficiently explore each of our channels to know that, in Money, for example, lurked a list of the five best sites for landlords? Or that, in Sport, you could find the five best virtual stores for women’s sportswear?
The solution, we decided, was to gather them all together in one place – and here it is! So welcome to our new Best Websites channel, where you’ll find all the above features and many, many more. If and when this becomes too cumbersome, we’ll sub-divide it again.
But in the meantime, we hope you’ll use this channel as an online information bureau. If there’s any subject you’d like us to cover, let us know and we’ll do what we can to oblige. And if you think your own site or blog should be featured, the same applies.
So happy surfing, and we hope you’ll find the posts on this channel useful. After all, they’re simply the best.