If there’s one thing that high50 has proved, it is that the media consistently gets it wrong when it comes to 50-somethings. Whenever a TV news report mentions us, it shows an image of an elderly person. Ads for luxury goods and cars are targeted at youth, even though few people that age have the financial clout to respond to them. As far as the tabloids are concerned, we’re not allowed to wear jeans without it creating front-page outrage.
In short, the ever-growing population of smart, educated, healthy, wealthy and adventurous 50-plusses has been at best misrepresented and at worst ignored. We wanted to change that. One of our burning motivations behind high50 was a desire to give our generation a voice; to talk about life in a way that was relevant to us.
It’s not so much that we are interested in different things from people ten, 20 and even 30 years younger than us; we just want to read about them from our perspective. So it has been encouraging that in the months since we launched, we have received so much positive feedback and steadily rising registrations.
We hope you have got to know us and feel part of our gang. Just as it takes time to suss out a new friend, it may have taken you time to work us out. We don’t talk about walking sticks and incontinence pads, there are no stair lifts or end-of-life policies, no Victor Meldrew-type rants about ageing… we prefer to reflect life as we know it, with joie de vivre and an occasional raised eyebrow.
That’s why, now that we are better acquainted, we want you to join in. After all, we are a web community and not simply a print publication.
Already, several readers have submitted articles that fit in with our ethos; read some of the best here. But have you got a passion you’d like to share? A point of view about a life event or a media trend? An experience you think we’ll all enjoy reading about? Well, here’s a forum for all of us.
How to send your blog
Paste your blog in to the body of an email, type the name of it in the subject line, and click here for our email address. Your blog should be 300-500 words in length. We reserve the right to edit your work, and we bear no legal responsibility for its content.
Please tell us your name, your username, the name you would like to publish under, and include a one-line biography. If you’d like to send us a picture that illustrates your blog, and/or a high-quality headshot of yourself, feel free.
If you want to link to your own site or blog (or to someone else’s), put the URL where you would it to appear in the text, and we’ll link to it as long as it’s not too blatantly or unstylishly commercial.
We look forward to hearing from you.