When I started blogging I had no idea that it would lead to the most adventurous, amazing ride ever! It’s been 6 years and I feel as excited about blogging as I did the very first day I started! But I’m not a young buck in the blogging world. No! I’m one of the more “mature” bloggers. In a field where young is admired, I have loved busting through glass ceilings and doing things that I have been told I would never do! For the next 10 week, some over-50-bloggers are sharing a little bit about themselves and the fabulous world of bloggers of a certain age!
Between The Lines is a blog series that is the brain child of the darling Katherine from KATHERINES CORNER. What a great idea to give voice to women who work as blogger and are over 50.
But don’t let our “maturity” fool you . We are young and vibrant and active and engaged and we do it with wit and wisdom!
Kathrine is a prime example of being fabulous and over 50! If you don’t know her you will want to. I think she is elegant and so so kind! You will love her blog!
She asked me to answer a couple questions to get my “over 50 perspective”.
WHAT TV SHOW MAKES YOU STOP, SIT DOWN, AND WATCH?
This is such an easy question to answer! Fixer Upper, of course!!! Doesn’t everyone love Chip and Joanna and their amazing home transformations! I don’t know what I like better… Chip’s antics, the relationship between Chip and Jo, the inexpensive price of housing in Wako, the happy tears of the new homeowners, the overall transformations or the one-of-a-kind details!
Fixer Upper was made for me!
I think my Bobby is very much like Chip! Do you know my Bobby can be just about as funny and ornery as Chip? Yes, I could see him doing so many of the shenanigans Chips does! And it’s f-u-n living with a man like that!
I think there is a great lesson to be learned for those of us over… er… 50 from Fixer Upper! Fun, style, panache and loving our homes should not stop as we age! I’m watching Fixer Upper because it inspires me! I watch it because I love love love home decor. I watch it for ideas! This is my wheelhouse!
We, those a little more mature, might need “readers”, and take a pill or two , and ache just a little more than we used to. But we also have a wealth of knowledge to call upon and probably have more time to spend and might have more disposable cash than we did when we were new homeowners.
We should be keeping our homes as fresh and young at heart as we are! Why should our homes be stuck in the 80’s or 90’s when we aren’t?
(I got the galvanized tray in the image above from Magnolia Market… Chip and Jo’s store)
WHAT’S ONE THING THAT HELPS BOOST YOUR READERSHIP AND WHY?
There are so many things that can boost readership, but I think the number 1 thing I try to do is build a StoneGable community. It’s really not a strategy to boost readership but it does! Instead, it comes out of a heart of wanting a real relationship with my readers. I’m a real inclusive person. I say, “more is better so join in”!
Every post, tweet, facebook shout out, Instagram and pin I do with my readers in mind! I genuinely love and care about them and I think they can feel my affection for them coming through each post. I want my readers to feel welcomed and I want them to say, “Wow, Yvonne must have created that post just for me”! I LOVE that!
I want reader-friends from 18 to 80 and beyond! Just because I’m over 50 does not mean that my posts don’t resonate with younger home decorators.
I strive to be my readers best cheerleader! The one who says, “Give it a try, I KNOW you can do it”!!!! And, “YOU GO GIRL”!
I think my readers feel like I am a friend, a sister, mom, aunt or next door neighbor. I love to get their honest comments and emails and hear what they are thinking. I know many of my readers by name and am so thrilled when they comment and join in the conversation at StoneGable. My readers have a lot to say! And I listen!
Don’t you think people will go where they feel most welcomed and inspired? I sure do!
Who knew that in the second half of my life I would have the job of my dreams waking up every day excited to learn and explore and grow in many areas! Doing something you love keeps you young and purposeful!
Here’s to women (and men) who live “between the lines”!
Again, a big THANK YOU to Kathrine for including me in this great series!