Dear over50feeling40 readers:
First, let me say how precious each one of you is to me!! This blog is almost two years old and it has been such a blessing to meet and even become friends with so many of you. We have come to walk through trials together as we did when sweet Judith of The Style Crone lost her beloved Nelson, and we have laughed many, many times together. That is what I am really about, is JOY.
I have always wanted to bring you more than information about my life. I have desired to act as a true reporter and bring to you stories of others…of businesses….and of products the woman of a certain age would be interested in. I have also wanted to help you as bloggers by giving you the guidelines I teach in Journalism every day and have taught for going on thirteen years. I understand that the fashion tips, the boutiques, the beauty products, and diet and food ideas will not be liked by all. But, I love putting information out there that may be of interest to a variety of different women at different times. Just as fashion and beauty magazines sell advertising, I have begun to sell advertising. Again some of you will find these sponsors of interest and others will not.
The reality of my situation is that I continue to be living the headlines in my household. The frightening reality is that many men in their fifties, and yes, even women have been laid off in the last three years so that companies can hire younger people for less salary and benefit costs. My husband is still searching for a permanent position, and I am paid very little as a private school teacher with no retirement funds. So, there you have it. If I can generate some income through my blog, and also bring to some of you valuable information about companies and services that are out there, then I am going to take that opportunity. I promise to balance it. This week there were two opportunities that hit back to back and created a theme. Also,I was not paid a dime from the nail salon, but felt like it might be important information for those who also suffer with the same problems. KOHLS contacted me with a savings offer for YOU, the reader, I got nothing from that, but believed there would be readers who could benefit. The others were sponsored activities again that I believed might be of some value to a portion of this audience.
I will be working to achieve balance, but I do not plan to cease offering advertising for those in the professional world….just as magazines, television, radio, and even facebook do. I believe as informed and intelligent women it is a benefit to know what is available to us and even better if we can get specials to afford those services. I have also turned down many requests that I could not bring before you in good conscience. I have only accepted what I believed to be beneficial. When posting daily, it does give me a chance to offer you information about goods, services, boutiques, designers, whatever is out there…some will be paid and will say SPONSORED POST, and some will be my reporting. I hope no one will leave the audience because I have made this decision.
I still plan to be me and bring to you a fun blog about a woman who is striving to live through the challenges of mid-life with joy, strength and dignity!
Have a wonderful weekend,