Jackie Pomeroy runs the blog Fun Over Fifty. Here is a link to the website:
Q: What inspired you to start your blog?
A: I have met so many people that are turning fifty years of age and don’t know how to handle it. My friends and acquaintances kept telling me I needed to write a book about life after fifty. I decided to start with a blog instead, perhaps to be followed by a book.
Q: What is the most common misconception about life after fifty?
A: For some people, they feel that their life is over. They may have lost a significant other through death or divorce, and don’t really want to start again. Many people also feel overwhelmed and tired and possibly financially stressed due to the economic impact on their retirement funds.
Q: What are some of the particular challenges someone over fifty has when it comes to dating?
A: Many people over fifty have no idea how and where to meet people to date. Many turn to online dating sites. Some are fearful, perhaps because they were previously married to or living with the same person for many years and the dating game has really changed. Often people feel inadequate, out of shape and out of touch.
Q: What are some of the challenges presented to job seekers over fifty?
A: Job seekers over fifty may have old skills. They may also have poor health. Some even have very low energy. Age discrimination is alive and well. Some workers may require too much in salary. If they apply for a job for which they are overqualified, they may not be hired because the employer feels like they will not stay long-term. The current economy has really magnified these challenges.
Q: What are some of the ways you have tried to promote your blog?
A: I hand out my business cards to everyone because we all know someone over fifty, even if it isn’t us! I wear a t-shirt and/or hat with www.funafterfifty.comon it. I sign my emails with a link to the blog. I do group presentations and public speaking. I attend or volunteer at places where there are people over fifty. I comment on other related blogs and include a link to my blog if allowed.
Q: Who are some of your favorite bloggers?
Q: Do you do any other kinds of writing?
A: I have done some technical writing, mostly computer software courses and software documentation. I have done some content writing for websites. I plan to write a book or two in the future.
Q: What are some of the positive things about being over fifty?
A: Kids are grown and out of the house. You get senior citizen discounts. There is more time to volunteer and/or travel. You can now try all those things you have always wanted to do but something else got in the way. You may be single and like it that way.
Q: What are some of the negative things about it?
A: You just can’t do all the physical things at the same pace that you could do when you were younger. The body may be wearing out. You may not be earning as high of an income as when you were younger. There may be a loss of energy. You may have health challenges. You may be alone due to death or divorce. You may be depressed.
Q: What are some of the jobs you’ve had and how have they inspired your writing?
A: I have been a softball umpire, a mathematician for the federal government, a self-employed software trainer and consultant, and a high school math teacher. I have always felt like I learned something from every occupation I’ve held. Some of the main things I’ve learned and used in my writing are:
You never know that you can’t do something until you try.
You are never too old to learn something new.
Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.
Surround yourself by people who are doing what you want to do.
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