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My Favorite (Other) Midlife Blogs

July 20, 2015

I started Midlife Rambler because I follow an assortment of blogs on a regular basis that I enjoy a great deal and one day I realized that I am a good 20-30 years older than every single one of the bloggers I like to read. “Aha!” thinks I. Surely there are other women in the world like me: women who enjoy cooking and eating, fitness and beauty tips, crafts, Pinterest and other Mommy-blog type interests, but who are maybe just a little too old to be interested in the actual kid stuff anymore? Maybe instead we’d all like to talk about how our kids are growing up and moving away and how our bodies seem to be changing in unpleasant and unfamiliar ways. I will start the very first of this type of blog!

Later, I became familiar with some of the uses of a new tool called Google and discovered that there’s a whole host of women (and some men) out there with thoughtful, entertaining blogs aimed at those of us in midlife. I was humbled that I had been so ignorant before and I’m hopeful there’s room for one more voice in the mix. I’ve been expanding my horizons in very pleasant ways over the past few months and I think you’ll enjoy some of the people I’ve had the pleasure of discovering.

  1. I found Midlife Mixtape after I set up Midlife Rambler and thankfully so, because I wouldn’t have had the guts to even start my own blog if I had found if beforehand. I certainly wouldn’t have called my blog Midlife Rambler, which is, ironically, a pun on the name of a Rolling Stone’s song. Every time I read Nancy Davis Kho’s blog, I have to fight the temptation to just copy everything she writes, particularly a recent entry, A History of My Life, in Haircuts.
  2. Still more proof that it might have been a good idea to google blogs with the name “Midlife” in them can be found at Midlife Chic. As it turns out, there’s actually quite the community of stylish middle-aged women online, particularly on Instagram, but I think Nikki Garnett is my favorite. My fantasy is that one day I will go to Britain for a tax-deductible trip (because I blog about it) where she styles me, perhaps in something like one of these Casual Outfits for a Bank Holiday Weekend. Then we’ll sit around and have tea and talk about the bank holiday weekend.
  3. Time Goes By is actually for people a little beyond midlife and proudly so, which I kinda love. I love the whole thing, but especially the Elder Music section. A recent column, Toes Up for the First Half of 2015 was a charming recap of who’s died so far this year. You’ll want to keep track of that, you know. And remember, folks, blogs are little first amendment machines. I love that.
  4. Empty House, Full Mind is a series a thoughtful essays about a variety of subjects: the challenges of living with adult children, racism, marriage, etc. I always enjoy reading Sharon Greenthal’s take on her topics. Sharon is also responsible for Midlife Boulevard, which is more of a magazine site, with multiple authors. There’s always something of interest here and most of the authors have their own blogs so if you like someone’s style, you can follow them on their own blog.
  5. Finally, I recently found Next Act for Women, which is full of inspirational stories of women over 50 who are out there doing it for themselves. I loved this recent post about Patti Sherry-Crews , who wrote her first book at 50 and has since written 8 more. I better get cracking!

11 Comments

  • Reply Sharon Greenthal July 20, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Thank you so much for the shout out for my blog and my website – I’m so happy to connect with you!

  • Reply What’s up Wednesday? Midlife Blogger Babes | The Long Weekend January 5, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    […] sorry, Jill!) somewhat regrets it.  When I read Katy’s story of how the Midlife Rambler came to be, it was like discovering the made-for-TV version of my own experience — same only better. […]

  • Reply sue January 28, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Katy I discovered your website through the Pinterest Game! I’m always happy to connect with other midlife bloggers and I’d love you to check out my website. Midlife women have so much to offer and it is great that we all have a voice. I’m off to check out the other midlife blogs that you have suggested. Have a great day. Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty!

    • Reply Katy January 29, 2016 at 6:38 am

      Thanks Sue! I’ve been visiting your site for a while and will definitely check out the Pinterest game today! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Patty February 1, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Hi Katy,
    I found you through the Pinterest game. I am also mid-life, a little difficult to say, yet it does have its benefits and something I’ve been thinking of blogging more about. Thank you for your inspiration on the different aspects of life as our children become adults and move out. I know people who really struggle with this!

    • Reply Katy February 1, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Thanks for stopping by Patty! We can always use more perspective on this time of life!

  • Reply Michelle March 19, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    What a stroke of luck that I found your fabulous blog on pinterest! Lo & behold featuring my friend Nikki of Midlife Chic.
    x

    • Reply Katy March 20, 2016 at 11:41 am

      That’s so awesome Michelle. Tell her that she has a fan in the U.S.!

  • Reply Nancy Davis Kho July 30, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Katy – holy smokes, what a kind and generous mention of Midlife Mixtape! I am really grateful. I love being connected with my whip-smart midlife ladies (I’m a big fan of Empty House Full Mind myself) so will look forward to reading more of your rambles. Fistbump for well-earned laugh lines –
    xoxo Nancy

    • Reply Katy July 30, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      So great to hear from you! Yes, I very proudly admit that I’m a huge fan of yours. So glad to know there’s at least one other person semi-close to my age who still goes to see live music.

  • Reply Midlifechic January 10, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Hello Katy, I was just doing a Google audit and your very kind mention popped up – thank you! Any time you want to pop over here, the tea is on me. Sending you a big kiss from the English Lake District xxx

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