Post BlogHer 2012 Sleep Hangover
If you are ever uncertain of just how old you really are, take a trip somewhere for about five days, eat different food, sleep in a different bed, and fight your way through a couple of crazy airports. If that doesn’t reveal your true age, well, nothing will.
I actually returned from the BlogHer 2012 Blogging Conference in New York City four days ago. But it has taken me that long to recover from my sleep debt, which, frankly, I didn’t realize I had even incurred in the first place. Suffice it to say, I’m feeling like I have lived every one of my 55 years.
But let me also say I had a grand time at the conference. Midtown Manhattan is definitely the place to be if you’re going to visit New York City — every tourist sight you can imagine is within walking distance. The actual conference itself took place throughout our hotel, The Hilton New York, on various and sundry floors. If one is inclined toward socializing and partying, all you had to do was scoot down a few floors on the elevator and viola! There was all of the hootenanny your heart could wish for.
If you were more interested in serious blogging pursuits, well, of course, there was that too. Like most conferences, BlogHer 2012 was set up in a buffet style (I’m still stuck in the food metaphors – sorry) where you could see as much or as little as you wanted. I mingled some but not a lot. However, I was very happy to see that advertising sponsors ( such as Kimberly-Clark ) were actively recruiting boomer/mid-life bloggers such as me, and smart they are for doing so.
Baby-boomer women are an economic force to be reckoned with, so hats off to all of the advertisers who realize that there are other demographics outside of teenagers and 20-somethings. In fact, in this rapidly changing economy, it is the menopause sisters and the baby boomers who are wielding a large part of the economic power and influence.
So if you’ve ever wondered, dear maidens in menopause, if you are too old for anything, I am here to tell you that you are not. The silver-haired sisters are a sought after bunch in the advertising and corporate world, and BlogHer 2012 was an excellent example of that.
While I can’t say that the conference did much for me personally in terms of increasing my blogging presence, it was certainly an excellent opportunity to be reminded that being over 50 is no longer a liability in our rapidly changing global economy. Those who are tech savvy, smart, and bold are the ones who will be climbing to the top of the economic food chain.
Let that be you, dear sisters, let that be you.
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women’s health and a women’s freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.