How old is too old to be a blogger? I began blogging 4 months ago and I turned 40 one month ago; am I too old to be a blogger?
Blogging is a relatively new phenomenon which has grown massively over the past decade. There are insane amounts of blogs and bloggers now, both amateur and professional, those who blog as a hobby and those who blog for a living. I am definitely at the hobby stage but I hope to be able to monetise my blog one day. Yet I am plagued with anxiety about my (middle) age and a feeling that I am being ridiculous even trying, especially as, according to readwrite.com, the average blogger falls into the 21- to 35-year-old demographic.
I use and enjoy social media daily, particularly Twitter and Instagram. Since I began blogging I have started using social media in a different way and invested a bit of time and attention into researching how to use it to benefit my blog instead of as simple escapism. Across social media I admire bloggers who I see:
1. Taking photos of pretty, styled flat lays.
Am I too old? I use my iPhone 5 and the Instagram Lo-Fi filter, purely because I like it the best!
2. Creating beautiful themes on their Instagram grid featuring pastel or vibrant colours and often professionally taken candids/portraits using fantastic cameras.
Am I too old? Again, I use my iPhone 5, the Instagram Lo-Fi filter and take pictures of my house, my dog and my cat, purely because I like them the most!
Am I too old? I find it hard to publicly promote myself and worry that people are going to be annoyed/pestered/bored by my promotion tweets and/or posts, or worse, completely ignore them!
4. Featuring a bio which includes children and/or unicorns and/or Disney and/or Harry Potter.
Am I too old? As someone without children and barely any interest in any of these three hugely popular crazes, I feel at an immediate disadvantage because I do not fit into certain popular niches.
5. Constantly interacting on Twitter and Instagram.
Am I too old? As an introvert I find this exhausting at times (see point 3 above and Holly a.k.a. @kittyluxe’s blog post ‘Struggles of an introvert online‘) and not authentic for me. If I interact online it’s because I am genuinely interested/amused/impressed by someone or something, not to get likes or followers.
However, my blogging (and Instagram) inspirations who are in my blogging age demographic and absolutely ‘smashing it’* are:
The Edited Blog. Erica Davies’ general style, attitude and house are ‘absolute goals’.*
Does My Bum Look 40 Blog. Kat’s Instagram stories are extremely entertaining and her dresses and open plan kitchen are gorgeous!
So, am I too old to be a blogger? Clearly not, as proved by Erica and Kat! How old is too old to be a blogger? You’re never to old!
It’s taken me until now – being 40 – to feel like I’m ‘living my best life’* in terms of living in my dream house and being content in myself/personality (I’m still working on the career!). At times it’s been a rocky ride, so I’m going to carry on blogging – writing from experience and writing with passion – and Tweeting and Instragramming (using my beloved Lo-Fi filter) for as long as I want to! I’m 40 and I blog twice a week – I do therefore I am!
* Cringeworthy phrases I suspect I AM actually too old to use!