To find great blogs you have to travel a long, long way on the Internet highway.
We know. When we began looking for blogs boomers might like, it was a fight. There were political rants. LOTS of political rants. Really, how many pages of health care reform opinions could we take?
We learned something, though. We found out that amid the self-involved and the self-righteous there were a few bits of gold.
Our picks are not all written by baby boomers or about boomers: some were chosen for their, shall we say, skewed views. Others were chosen for their wit and humor. We left out any health care reform blog because of boredom.
Here are our picks for some of the best:
• Time Goes By (What It’s Really Like to Get Older) — Reflections, opinions and some top-notch storytelling about the life of Boomers.
• CBreaux Speaks (After More Than 80 years of Crowing the Sun Up) — Betty Reid Soskin has worked as park ranger, author, musician and as a cultural liaison between diverse communities. An interesting, engaging read. “Looking back now, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Living life in a constant state of surprise has added to this phantasmagorical miracle of existence,” she said.
• Mason Dixon Knitting — We don’t know much about knitting, but even we were caught up in this dual-blogger knit-fest, complete with lots of photos.
• The Boomer Chronicles — From Bigfoot sightings to the earthquake frenzy, this Boston writer knows the art of good blogging: Short shots with a wise nod toward the current and interesting.
• My Itchy Feet — An interesting take on travel.
• Going Like 60 (Going 60 mph in the Left Lane With My Left Turn Signal On. Deal With It) — You may not agree with this guy’s views, but you have to love his irreverent-stream of consciousness take on life.
• 47 and Starting Over — It’s a bit risqué, but still a vibrant journal about life after divorce. “I’m not going to be 49 and beige” is her credo.
• Margaret and Helen — We saved the best for last. These octogenarian pen pals participate together on their blog and give their (very liberal) views on the state of the world and their place in it. Example: Helen gives her children advice about an upcoming Thanksgiving get-together: “Jonathan: How a Republican ended up in this family is beyond me, but we love you all the same. That said, Reagan is dead, darling. Get over it.” Need we say more?