I’ve never wanted my blog or my social channels to be negative places. I can get negativity most places any day of the week but I don’t want it here. This is my happy place.
But then I thought, c’mon Sharon give yourself a slap, girl. This is supposed to be a snapshot of real life not a sugar coated one. I’m an advocate of keeping it real, after all.
So I’m going to talk today about being excluded.
It’s not nice. If you’ve ever experienced being excluded you’ll know it’s not a nice feeling.
Didn’t you just hear me say I am positive? Well, I think I’ve controlled myself quite well for 16 months worth of blog content.
I guess I want to talk about misrepresentation again alongside feeling excluded.
So here it is …. blogging is for anyone. There I’ve said it.
We are all individuals regardless of age, size, colour, gender and each and every one deserves to have a voice.
So when I saw recently that there wasn’t anyone over the ripe old age of 47 shortlisted for a blog awards event in its second year I felt very sad. Not for me but on behalf of everyone my age and much older. I’m also saying 47 because I know the age of someone shortlisted and she told me she is 47 but the rest will probably bring the average age to at most 30 years old. I challenged the organisers about it and the reply was the most wishy washy I could’ve ever expected. I’m not going to out them because it’s not necessary to get my point across.
But how can something as big as a blog awards with numerous categories that describes itself as recognising great content creators exclude a whole demographic?
And no next year we don’t want to be wheeled out in a midlife or silver surfer category, thanks. We can slip quite easily into beauty, fashion, lifestyle and all ..we’re not dead yet!
So disappointing when you hoped a new event on the scene would just step out of their own comfort zone.
On the other hand I recently had a very inclusive and all round wonderful experience when I was invited to speak about my blogging journey on the panel at ‘Blogging and Influencing 2018’ in Newcastle. A very positive and uplifting event created by the North East’s very own Culture Vulture, Rachel Hortina.
I am always pretty much the oldest one in the room but as soon as we start talking we all quickly realise we are all the same. In this particular instance we were all females and we all gelled so well. A phrase I like to use is ..
‘Nobody stops loving lippie at 35, nobody’ is something all women can relate to. They see me and I like to think they see themselves in the future still doing anything and everything they love.
That’s positivity right there. To know that something doesn’t stop because of age. Imagine if it did. How sad? I’m here with many others to tell you it doesn’t stop.
I tell my kids I’ll stop when I’m dead which makes them pull a face at me.
Look who else was at this brilliant event …
The fabulous interior obsessive blogger, Lisa Dawson.
The mega famous and ultra creative ‘grammer Dominique from All That Is She
Look … we’re all hanging on each others word because we are all interested in what we each have to say.
These women were totally inspirational to me. I loved hanging out with them. We could’ve nattered all night.
‘Youth has no age’ … said me.
Do you think I’m a whinge for championing midlife or do you think all the ‘now’ 20 something bloggers will thank me for it one day when they are my age and yikes .. EVEN older?