Of course not, you’re not too old for blogging or any other thing for that matter. (Except, of course, for running around and throwing Frisbees with a bunch of 10 year olds – that could get quite painful).
The notion that people are too old to do anything is part of the increasingly ageist mentality that exists these days. There’s a lot of visual stimulation going around and, more often than not, the most visually stimulating image is that of youth.
That’s what motivates a lot of people to see bloggers as good-looking, fashionable, trendy, youngsters with the world at their feet.
But that image can often be false. And for blogging, it’s downright misleading. According to this survey conducted by ConvertKit, the average age of bloggers is between 25 – 44 years.
In fact, the survey, which had over 850 participants, found that 23% of respondents reported being 45 or older.
Shocking eh? With the way some go on about being too old to blog, you’d think blogging was for 15 – 25 year olds.
Evidently, the stats tell a different story. In this article, I’ll show you exactly why your age should be the last thing on your mind when considering the prospect of blogging and how you can get started.
Let’s dig in!
Age is just a number – and it’s not the most important one!
There are over 4 billion people active on the internet. According to Blog Reader, 47% of these people read blogs regularly. And they don’t give two hoots about the age of the person writing the engaging blogs they just can’t get enough of.
WordPress.com alone reports that over 400 million people view blog posts on its network every month. That sums up to a total of 20 billion blog post views every single month. That’s just for WordPress.
Tumblr on its part reports having more than 400 million blogs and, wait for it, 165 billion blog posts. Yes, you read that correctly.
What these numbers show is that the blogging industry is gigantic and will always find space for anybody that takes an interest. Of the 4 billion people out there skimming the internet, there’s a tidy few thousand that are waiting for just the kind of content you’ve got in you.
Not a one of them is thinking about your age right now. All they want is to find that haven of content that will give them what they need. They’re searching the internet at the rate of 70,000 searches per second and all it takes to launch your blog is a few hundred hits.
As far as blogging is concerned, age is a mere number. And it’s right down there with the number of people that care how old you are before they read your blog – zero.
Content marketing is not going anywhere either so why shouldn’t you get in on the act
The world is undergoing a sort of information explosion. Here’s a stat to blow your mind. Currently, we’re creating about 2.5 quintullion bytes of data every single day and we’re not nearly about to stop.
It is estimated that by 2020, we’ll be creating 1.7mb of data per second for every individual on earth.
Just so you have an idea how big the explosion is. In the last two years alone, we have generated 90% of all the date that exists in the world. That’s a lot of information.
And as the stats show, the thirst for information will only increase.
Blogging is just another way to bring information to the screens of people that need it.
As long as people rely on Google to bring them information, they’ll always need someone to churn out fresh content. This means that blogging is not going anywhere and is even likely to get bigger.
There are big opportunities to make your voice heard and even bigger opportunities to make a decent income while you’re at it.
So, there’s absolutely no reason for you to hold back on your interest in blogging.
What on earth will you blog about?
Tons of topics, tons of blog post, FOCUS ON A NICHE!
Now here’s where there’s often a stick in the plan. Considering the sheer number of blog posts that get churned out every day, it’s okay to wonder what you’ll write on. But you shouldn’t have too much worry here.
Just as there are tons of blogs out there, there are also tons of topics you can write on. The key to having a successful blog is to focus on a niche and there’s a never ending category of niches.
The way they work is every topic has a sub topic. These often have even smaller sub topics and there are usually hundreds of these.
So, is your interest in fashion? You can create your own niche in any area of fashion. You can tailor your blog to cater specifically to any age group.
Do you have a flair for commentating on political issues? You can focus on a single issue or a small subset and build a strong following there.
Another great area that also pays well is reviews and recommendations.
If you’re not sure what your interest is, there are great ways for you to find one. Quora is always a great place to start. You can easily see what people are asking about and the kind of content they’re after.
Still think you’re too old for blogging?
Then you must be made of much different stuff from Dagny Carlsson. Who’s Mrs Carlsson? Oh, only the oldest blogger in the world at 106 years old!
Yes. Mrs Carlsson didn’t learn how to use a computer until the not so tender age of 99.
She only started blogging at the age of 100. And today, she’s doing pretty well for herself.
From a few hundred visitors in her first couple of months, she has built up a solid following for herself. Today, over 2.3 million people have visited her blog.
And she did all that while being over 100.
That’s a challenge to you right there. Will you let a 100-year old lady show you up?
If you’d like to get started:
The bare truth is: you can do pretty much anything you set out to, including blogging (and yes, throwing Frisbees with 10 year olds).
Blogging is even easier, since all you need is a computer, a strong internet connection and some ideas buzzing in your head. You don’t even have to have all the ideas; all you need is one to start with.
If you think you’d like to give it a shot, there’s no better time to start than now. I also started out blogging with little more than the scant ideas in my head.
Of course, I’ve learned a whole lot of things since that have helped me along. But the biggest thing I discovered is: you don’t need everything to be perfect before you start.
So, leave off thinking you’re too old for blogging, give it your best shot and see where that takes you.
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