When we unveiled our latest channel, blog50, last month, we wondered what literary delights you would be sending our way. Not that we were too worried. The bar had already been set to an impressively high notch, thanks to the unsolicited blogs we had received, so we knew our community had stories and thoughts to share: of memories we all could relate to, inspirational experiences, chiming opinions.
To get the ball rolling, we loaded up some examples from our virtual postbag, such as the tale from Elisabeth H: after years in New York City, she and her partner have recently returned to the UK to be near her ailing mother. She described seeing Britain through new eyes: impressed by the NHS, our TV news – and wide supermarket aisles.
We had Robert Lefever’s spirited cri de jeunesse. The good doctor has spent his professional life trying to help addicts and those with mental health problems to find a new way of life, so it’s fitting and encouraging that – after a crash which would frighten any of us – he has embraced a positive, never-say-die creed.
And then there’s the whimsical trip down memory lane by Gervase S, an estate agent from Leicestershire who, in his formative years, met Norman Wisdom and parted in two minds. Having encountered the odd star since, this early exposure to fame still colours his opinions.
And then… then we sat back and waited. We know fellow high50-ers are an optimistic, good-humoured and adventurous bunch, but all the same, we held our breath when the first blog arrived. There can be a fine line between Lefever’s type of defiance and a Victor Meldrew-type rant. What if there were those among us who saw blog50 as an outlet for venting?
Luckily, the Victors of this world are customers of Saga (the mag that it’s too embarrassing to buy at a newsagent) and we breathed easy again as we read Miss Fitz’s humorous account of a fiftieth birthday that was short on celebration but long on love.
Meanwhile, blogs continue to turn up in our mailbox, from the UK and beyond. From America we received an account of hot-air ballooning in India (watch this space) and an optimistic reflection on how our younger self made us who we are in mid-life. From Portugal, a British caterer describes the new life he has made with his thespian partner as Algarvian B&B owners. And we have just received an account of a 50-plus passion for cooking, inspired by a Sussex girl’s sojourn in the States in the Sixties (again, watch this space).
We continue to be excited and uplifted by these articles. And we hope that, as additional pieces are posted to blog50 each week, even more readers will be motivated to create new documents, tap in a few hundred words and hit ‘Send’.
Some contributors may already be longstanding bloggers. Others may want to let the world know more about their expertise or experience. Some may want to share links, others to ask for advice. The point of this site is to affirm that our generation is active, engaged, informed and influential. So let’s prove it by posting on blog50!