4 Simple Things You Can Do to Be a Better Blogger [MidLife Boulevard]

By: | August 18, 2015 | Tags: , , , ,

Midlife Boulevard is a wold-famous group bloggers should join.Should 60% of all readers ignore this post?

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?

No! Wait!

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.

 Testimonials

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Sources:

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  2. Kathy | at 8:25 pm

    How great to get the word out about Midlife Boulevard. I have had the pleasure of having some of my articles posted there and agree that they are great about helping to promote and recognize bloggers in our demographic. And although I didn’t attend their first conference back on the east coast last spring, I’ve already bought my ticket to attend the next one in April ’16. I have met some really great bloggers through this group and look forward to working together with more in the future.
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    • Janice Wald | at 9:36 pm

      Hi Kathy,
      They published you? How exciting! As far as the conference, I work in April, so I doubt I will go. Maybe you can blog about it when you get home =). Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you agree they deserved recognition.
      Janice
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  3. Leanne | at 10:38 pm

    I love Midlife Boulevard and the girls who run it – I first found them on Google+ and then joined their facebook group – it’s where a lot of my blog readers come from. I also had the honour of being published there today (this was a timely read) and was stoked seeing I am a fairly new blogger still! ~ Leanne
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    • Janice Wald | at 11:10 pm

      Hi Leanne,
      Congratulations! What an honor! I didn’t even know they were involved in Google+. I would have put it in the article, so I’m glad you mentioned it. Thanks for reading what I wrote and writing to tell me about your involvement with them.
      Janice

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