If this post is about a group called Midlife Boulevard, sponsored by midlife women, should everyone that isn’t a female midlifer go read someone else’s blog post?
Midlife Boulevard is for everyone.
Midlife Boulevard is just two years old; however, it continues to grow by the month as more writers discover their value. According to recent numbers, their community already totals over 1,400 members.
Midlife Boulevard is a Facebook Group
Midlife’s Facebook Group offers constant support to bloggers.
- They will let you promote your blog posts. There is no need to feel like a spammer in their group. All they ask is that you promote other posts in return.
- In addition, they are a feel-good group. They wish bloggers “Happy Birthday” on their special day, and encourage the rest of the Facebook group members to wish them well also.
- They also offer support to people as they travel through midlife. For example, topics might cover empty-nest syndrome. While the members do discuss topics relevant to females like menopause, publishing is just as likely to be a topic in a thread, a topic that relates to both genders.
Midlife Boulevard is a Magazine
The magazine is laid out in three sections: Columnists, Life, and Style. The popularity of their magazine is revealed by the strength of its social shares, already over 1,000 for its current issue.
- Their magazine, Midlife Blvd, has a wealth of general interest articles. The first time I read their magazine, I was fascinated when I saw an article about late actor Robin Williams. Their magazine columnists write about travel, tech, social media, and humor, all topics potentially interesting to everyone, not just women.
- You can repurpose your already published blog posts in their magazine. The editors actually encourage you to use your old posts for this purpose.
Midlife Boulevard is a Twitter Resource
- The organization participates in Twitter chats. Midlife’s Anne Paris and other organization members have hosted Twitter chats. Paris’s most recent Twitter chat taught bloggers how to brand their blogs.
If you would like to participate in one of their Twitter chats, go to Twitter and search #midlifechat for the schedule in your time zone. They generally host the chat Monday evenings.
- The organization’s founders will retweet your Tweets for you on Twitter if you use their hashtags. Include #mlblvd (for “midlife boulevard”) or #midlife with any Tweet and a request to “RT” or “Retweet”, and they will retweet your Tweet for you and promote your blog post to more readers.
- Their Facebook group put together a Twitter list so they can reach each other across social media platforms.
Midlife Boulevard is a Conference
From the Midlife Boulevard group came the idea to create the BAM (Bloggers at Midlife) Conference. This group is valuable because if their members want to interact in person as well as online, the conference affords them the opportunity to do that.
Midlife Boulevard’s BAM Conference, originally was conceived to help women navigate midlife, but their keynote speaker’s address and workshop ideas are germane to all bloggers. For example, one of the topics offered at this year’s conference held in Nashville was “blogging and business.” The group has only held one conference, yet the keynote speaker was the co-founder of BlogHer, a leading women’s online publication.
According to Beyond Your Blog‘s Susan Maccarelli, Midlife Boulevard offers so many good things for bloggers. Maccarelli called the organization special and open.
According to Babs50nfab, “I’ve found the Women of Midlife are a… resource and support…. It’s all about finding your tribe.” Apparently, Midlife Boulevard is her tribe, and it is for many people, and not just women.
Interview with the Founders
I interviewed Anne Paris, one of the managing partners of Midlife Boulevard.. In the interview, Paris confirmed their magazine has male readers and explained why. “Some of our content is of general interest.”
I also interviewed Sharon Greenthal, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Partner of Midlife Boulevard magazine, who explained,
“Midlife Boulevard, the online magazine for midlife women, offers a place where midlife bloggers can share their content with readers who are at the same stage of life they are.
According to Greenthal, one of the many ways Midlife Boulevard helps bloggers is by letting bloggers repurpose their blog posts by republishing them in MidLife Boulevard’s magazine. Apparently, Greenthal encourages bloggers to use already published material while so many admin bloggers insist writing on their blogs be original.
Midlife Boulevard accepts previously published content and then promotes the writing across all of their social media outlets.
In conclusion, there are four actions you can take to help your blog and your knowledge of blogging. You can join Midlife’s Facebook group, read their magazine, use their Twitter resources, and attend their conferences. Whether you are a women in the prime of your life, a male, a youth, or a more mature person, you should join the Midlife Boulevard Community.
What are you waiting for? Oh, one thing before you go. Please share this post, so everyone can know about their organization.
Readers, are you affiliated with Midlife Boulevard? What part of their community do you recommend for others? If you aren’t familiar with them, is there a part of their community you think you might try?
I look forward to your views.