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I’m a 72-Year-Old Blogger

Yes, I’ve got gray hair. The guy at the gas station calls me “madame,” and the man who sat next to me on my last flight asked, “who configured your iPhone for you?” Get the picture?

But, I’m going to my first blogging convention in Chicago this July!

Here’s the story: I’ve always enjoyed reading blogs. Blogs about style, cooking, fashion, books, makeup, lipstick, nail polish, international and royal gossip. The world seemed so open to bloggers. They had readers from everywhere and they made friends from all over the globe. I just ate it all up.

But, I felt my own life was contracting not expanding.

My friends were leaving Los Angeles in a virtual stampede. And if they happened to stay here, they were getting hips replaced, knees replaced and new heart valves. I wanted more. I’d been a professional artist for years, but now wanted to try something new.

 

So, I began talking to everyone about blogging. I told my son, who works in the computer world, that I wanted to blog. He said fine, but before you can post online you have to write ten pieces. Of course, he was shocked when I actually wrote the ten pieces. In fact, he’s amazed that I’m still blogging.

My daughter, who is a very busy mom with three young children and a job, said, “Why blog?” But, now, she’s my biggest booster.

My husband said “Great! Do it.” My friends said they’d read it. Fine. I was going to learn everything I could about blogging!

I started talking to bloggers. While in northern California, I had lunch with Lisa of Amid Privilege. She couldn’t have been more charming or looked cooler in one of her famous outfits. She encouraged me to “Just go for it.” After our lunch, I went home and started watching videos to learn the WordPress blogging program at Lynda.com. You want to learn anything? Go to Lynda.com. People ask me how I learned Photoshop? A healthy dose of obsession and Lynda.com . But, I digress.

While in Sun Valley, Idaho, an artist friend , Lisa Holley, talked about another artist in Ketchum who really knew how to blog and tweet. She didn’t remember her name, but, from her description I knew it was Lori McNee. I discovered that she’s one of the most influential tweeters in the world! We had coffee, she invited me to her studio and gave me tons of advice– a very giving woman. I must confess it was a lot to understand and it really all sounded like geek to me.

But, I wrote it all down and persevered. Watched more training videos on Lynda.com. and asked more questions.

Six months went by and I was still not blogging, but spending a lot of time doubting whether anybody would even be interested in what I had to say. Here I am 72-years-old and everyone on the web is SO YOUNG. Why would they care? Honestly, I was also scared to death of putting myself out there. I sent an email to Jennifer Scott at the Daily Connoisseur telling her of my fears. I’d been a long time subscriber to her blog. What did she say? “Just do it!”

Luncheon Salad

I still had a lot of doubts, so I had lunch with a writer friend, Janine Smith, to help me deal with my reservations about blogging. She listened to me patiently, looked me in the eye and said, “Just write for 15 minutes each day. Don’t read any books on writing, just do it. Stop watching videos, just do it.”

So, I started writing every day. I still whined that I wasn’t a writer but she said, “Are you writing?” I said, “Yes.” She said, “Then you’re a writer. But, you must write in your voice.” As if I knew how to do it any other way.

I bit the bullet and went back to writing. I was impatient to start the blog. Of course, I needed a name for it. My nephew, Rex Wilder,  is a brilliant writer and poet. I asked him to help me name my blog. He asked me if I was going to write about my art. I told him that it was not going to be about my paintings or drawings. So, being the genius he is, he quickly came up with, “Apart from My Art.” Perfect. Fastest blog decision I’d made to date.

But what kind of blogger should I be? The blogosphere was saturated with Mommy bloggers. I’ve been a mommy; been there, done that.

Susannah and Matthew standing together

My son and daughter many years ago.

Then there are the mid-life menopause bloggers. Been there, done that, too. I even have the tee shirt and fans.

A menopause fan

Then there are the food bloggers, the photoshop bloggers, the tech bloggers, the snarky humor bloggers, the “I-have-nothing-good-to-say-but-I’ll-say-it-anyway” bloggers. And there are millions of them! What was I going to do in this maelstrom of bloggers?

Blogger outreach

What was I going to blog about? I didn’t think my life was that fascinating. I simply lived it. But, I pushed through my mountain of doubts and started to write.

And I discovered something as I started blogging.

People began to point out how unique my life has been. Julie DeNeen from Fabulous Blogging said “Holy Cow, do you have any idea how fascinating your life has been? How out of the ordinary? Plus, look at your paintings! You need to write!” Huh? Blogging was supposed to be about finding my voice, and here people were opening my eyes to my own life in ways I didn’t expect. People were telling me, “Write more! Your life is so amazing!” It was?

Slowly, my doubts have been replaced with a passion to write about my life, my stories, and my obsessions. To share, with anyone who will listen, the journey I’m on.

And there are a lot of miles left for this 72-year-old blogger.

The Rule of 72

“Age is of no importance unless you’re a cheese.”

–– Billie Burke

All images appearing on I’m a 72-Year-Old Blogger are the expressed property of Sandra Sallin. All rights reserved. In other words, don’t steal it!



  • Dawn - Sandra, you are an inspiration on so many levels. I am so glad you started blogging. The fact that you didn’t realize how interesting your life is amazes me! Thank you for sharing it with us.ReplyCancel

  • Randy - What a great story! And if I’m even half as cool, smart, charming, and adventurous as you at 72, it will definitely be from all the lessons I learned on your wonderful blog.ReplyCancel

  • Judith Eton - Great blog, I am finally getting back to the computer and was inspired today by your “JUST DO IT” attitude. Thank you…..ReplyCancel

  • sandra - Dawn, I’m still so amazed at peoples reactions to my blog and life. It is such a kick! Loving this new ride I’m on. Thanks for reading and commnenting.ReplyCancel

  • sandra - Randy you are so sweet. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • sandra - judith, I’m glad I inspired you! Just do it. That’s what they all said to me! So now I pass it on to you. I’m sure you have a lot of new material at your new home.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Albright - What a fun journey this was into your plunge! It’s a testament to the help and kindness of friends, the person you must be to have such support and your humor and courage! By the way – I ordered and watched A Picasso Summer from Amazon after reading your previous post. What a fun trippy, 1960s, visual delight it was.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Albright - Shared this on FB – it’s so great.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Carter Twigg-Smith - Only you would do this the way you’ve done it, in the spirit you’ve done it and with the passion you’ve done it. What a marvel.
    you are, and a good friend to many! xxReplyCancel

  • Julie Chenell DeNeen - Now, let’s not forget the part where you blogged for six months, called me up with a few questions on Google +, and ended up with two completely new websites and a lifelong friend. 🙂 I’m so glad you started blogging! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carnochan - Well you know how I feel about your blog! And thank you for the credit – completely undeserved:). You are a unique spirit, glad you’re sharing.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Please Lisa, you were the first person I spoke with and you didn’t laugh in my face and tell me to go away. You encouraged me to go for it. I will always be grateful for that.ReplyCancel

  • Debra Eve - Good for you, Sandra! You’re my shero. It’s never, ever too late for anything. Have a great time in Chicago. Can’t wait for the report 🙂ReplyCancel

  • sandra - Why thank you Debra, You’re the expert on it never being to late. Great blog.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni AaMom - I’m so very happy that you had so many wonderful people who encouraged you to blog! You are so very talented!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - You know Roshni, people seem to be very giving on the web. Have you noticed that also? We’re all in it together.ReplyCancel

  • Cyndi - I love this post, Sandra. 🙂 I’m so glad you’re blogging. And my goodness, 72? Then you’re the YOUNGEST 72-year-old EVER because you have such a zest and spunk for life that many of us younger people don’t have: you’re inspirational! I love being inspired so now I’ll have to follow your blog. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thanks Cyndi. I find your blog inspirational also.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Briskin - Love your blogs! Keep writing!!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Hey Deborah, You keep on creating jewelry and surfing and I’ll keep on writing. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Margy Dunkley Houtz - I’m a year older than you, and have been blogging for 2 years…what fun it is! Here’s my blog, if you want to take a peek..
    http://fool4fabric.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Pete Vanlaw - Congratulations on joining the “older than dirt” generation.ReplyCancel

  • sandra - That’s funny Pete. Congratulations on your new website. For the Life of me.comReplyCancel

  • Lucinda - I’m 55 and am having the best time. I never thought that would be possible being so ‘old’… and I know it is just going to keep getting better. Your website is amazing – thanks for sharing and for reminding all of us that we don’t have to stop living as the seasons of life change.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Yes, we must get the word out, we’re still here!ReplyCancel

  • JackieP - I am super impressed with your blog and you! I’m ‘older’ myself and started blogging over a year ago. I love it! I’ve met so many fabulous people. Keep up the great writing. I’m also an artist but not near your caliber. I’m completely self taught. I am now a follower. Looking forward to reading more.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Jackie, thank you. I will certainly go to your website. How great that blogging has been so positive for you. Yes!ReplyCancel

  • Claire - Clare- I’m a 23-year-old blogger and, as someone who grew up right alongside the world of social media and blogging technology, find your voice an incredibly refreshing one in what you accurately called the “maelstrom of bloggers.” Please do keep it up!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - I was really worried that I would not appeal to 23 year olds. So I’m thrilled you noticed and read.ReplyCancel

  • Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti - I read your article on BlogHer andI said “Bravo”! I an so happy to see blogging encouraged for all ages. I am 60 and have been blogging five years. I know other 60, 70 and even an an 80 year old blogger. We have stories to tell and life to share — we are as interesting as any other blogger and it is about time that we get the same recognition.

    Thanks for sharing your story!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Pat, just shout it from the hills. We’re out there and need to be paid attention to.vI’m going to your website right now!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Argenziano Shecter - This is the BEST… 72 years YOUNG..I wish that guy on the airplane knew who he was talking to.. he would have been so embarrassed.. Keep Blogging! LoveReplyCancel

  • I’m Going to the BlogHer ’13 Conference! » Apart From My Art - […] day, she  suggested, “Why don’t you submit your post, I’m a 72-Year-Old-Blogger to BlogHer.com?“ So, I sent it off and hours later, it was not only accepted, but I was paid and […]ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Badgley - Sandra, I love it!!! The fan photo cracked me up 😀 I’m forwarding this on to a lady in my writing group who is dipping her 74 year old toes into the blogging world. She will admire your fearlessness and stick-to-itive-ness as much as I do.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thanks Andrea, I’ve followed you for ages. Maybe I haven’t commented but I’ve been there. Yes,let’s inspire anyone we can. Let people know they can do it!ReplyCancel

  • Pauline Cabrera - You are awesome Sandra! Loved how you came up with your domain name 🙂 I love your story and neat site btw 🙂ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thanks for the kind words Pauline.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - That’s quite a story! I just started writing and didn’t tell a soul…for one year. Can’t wait to read more. It was a pleasure meeting you in San Diego.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thanks Laurie. Loved the conference.I started writing in full sight. Shows you what guts knowing nothing gives you. 🙂 I just went for it. Didn’t even know it took writing skills.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - Sandy, Sandy, your life is so interesting because you have such a wonderful curiosity about life and you live it with gusto. It’s your wonderful attitude and openness that has made your life so rich and full. More please!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thanks Sandra. I’ve on the verge of writing again. Feeling much better. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Donna Beckman Tagliaferri - None of us realized how wise “just do it” really is. Thank you for speaking to all of us who aren’t 30. It can be daunting to feel relevant. But we are!!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Damn straight Donna. We need to let the world know there is more to life than being young. If they only knew the kind of strength and courage it takes in these “golden years” they’d give us all an award! There a so many stories of bravery. They need to be heard. Hm? Maybe I’ll tell some of those stories. Thanks for reading.ReplyCancel

  • :A CONTESSA - I LOVE THIS!Will go to LYNDA.com to LEARN!!!!
    Now where do I find your paintings……I think you sent me a link!OFF I DASH………
    I LOVE ROSES AND THE GARDEN!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - I’ve learned a great deal at wwwlynda.com go fo it. Also you can see my art at http:www.sandrasallin.com

      Thank you for reading and loving so much. You’ve introduced me to so many new bloggers. It’s a real treat. You’ve got great friends.ReplyCancel

  • Tamera Beardsley - Your blog is so wonderful … and in regards to your comment on mine … I definitely think you should write your latest chapter. It has perfect context in your life story ! Can’t wait to read it!! I would love to meet for coffee or lunch when you have the time my dear! xoReplyCancel

  • Connie Davidson - I think your blog is sophiscated (and by sophiscated I mean professional and sharp) and amazing! I’ve just discovered you but thoroughly enjoy what you have to say!ReplyCancel

  • Connie Davidson - PS…I love how those pics “fly” in from the sides for previous and next post…haha. ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Kit Blaker - Hi Margy…this is Karen Pfanku blaker (Kit) now living in Myrtle Beach, SC! And I want to follow your blog.
    I am also an artist and writer…..ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Welch - Ooooh My……Am I dreaming or did I just read the most “fabulous” Blog?!?!!! YES……I did & I want to Thank YOU for sharing your stories & ah……amazing photos!! I just turned 66, own a women’s clothing store & you have inspired me to step out of my sandbox. (I was reading the “Vintage Contessa”…… Another aaaahhhh…..mazing woman! I had just gone to L.A. For my 66th, had lunch at The Ivy & was wearing the same frosty bubble necklace as the Contessa.)
    Thank YOU again for letting me peak into your journal of living Life!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Do you want your money back? Happy to send you a payment. I can’t belive you actually watched it. I see you’re at Boise State. We’ve spent many years in gorgoeus Idaho climbing the Sawtooth Mountains and living the life in Sun Valley.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - That is so generous of you. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Julie is the best. She’s right I called her with a few questions and suddenly I had two new gorgeous websites that I could never have dreamed up. Sh turned me into a pro or a “still learning” pro.She’s the best and the funniest and my new BFF! ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Thank you my dearest friend. I do miss you. But, I’ve got some shows you must watch. Here goes, “The Fall”, “Scandal” and “Orphan Black.” You must watch all of these.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - By the way, I spent many hours discussing blogging with @[1138462393:2048:Sharon Carter Twigg-Smith]. We would sit in Ketchum, ID having coffee for hours on end. Some of my best hours were spent talking with Sharon. I remember our first Coffee Late. We’d never had one before. So that’s how far back our coffee talks went back. Our husbands knew that if we were having coffee, the whole day would be gone. Best times, my dear friend, best times.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Wow, how talented you are. I will return so that I can read it in more depth. Love your hair! We gray haired ladies need to stick together. I see you went to UCLA. We must have been there at the same time.My alma mater! Looking forward to reading more about you. ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - You must check out her website http://www.fabulousblogging.com ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Thanks Roshni. It has been fun getting to know you. That’s what this is all about.ReplyCancel

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