Excuse us for blowing our own horns but regular contributor Marcia Barhydt has given us no choice: she just sent this tribute to what we do here at BoomerCafé. And have done longer than anybody. Marcia says it fits with the old cliché: Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery.
I recently heard about a new website called Next Avenue; it’s funded by PBS and its focus is providing topics of interest to Boomerslooking for something to do with their lives after retirement. I eagerly went to the website and started clicking away.
But you know what happened? All that I saw at the website was just like all that I see here at BoomerCafé. At PBS’s site I see articles about a variety of subjects that are of interest to Boomers. Ditto for BoomerCafé. I see rotating feature stories. Ditto for BoomerCafé.
The difference in ‘them’ and ‘us’ may lie in the realm of dedication. BoomerCafé is the baby of two former television network news correspondents, Greg Dobbs and David Henderson. They started BoomerCafé 13 years ago, in the summer of 1999, long before the abundance of other websites for Boomers.
BoomerCafé, the very first all-boomer-all-the-time website, was the original place online for Boomers who lead active, youthful lifestyles to have a voice about their challenges and victories. The founders say creating BoomerCafé was an act of love and remains so to this day.
Greg and David are both accomplished active journalists and writers and they have each won Emmy Awards for their work. They bring their own personal dedication to championing all of us Boomers, and because both David and Greg are boomers themselves, they can offer authentic insight into what we need in a website for Boomers only. From Day One, BoomerCafé has spawned a whole new type of website, geared only to our demographic.
To be sponsored, to be funded by PBS, to have the PBS database of TV stations to supply articles, Next Avenue might seem to have a great range of information from established sources.
But from what I’ve seen both reading and writing for BoomerCafé, it is driven by innovative Boomer contributors, real women and men who are dedicated to sharing their own personal thoughts and stories as authentic Boomers, people just like you and me.
Here’s an excerpt from the BoomerCafé writers’ guidelines:
- BoomerCafé is a labor of love, whose purpose is to provide an interesting, entertaining, and informative online home for baby boomers. As such, we do not pay for content. Your reward is positive exposure, but there is no guarantee.
- BoomerCafe’s content is defined by and designed with a focus on baby boomers, which by definition means people born between 1946 and 1964. Our audience is baby boomers with active lifestyles and youthful spirits. Submissions must be relevant exclusively to that audience.
- Our goal is to make every piece genuinely interesting for the boomer audience.
There’s always room for a new kid on the block, even when that block is getting pretty full of new kids. BoomerCafé pioneered this genre of website and it continues to be a groundbreaking website because of the diversity of its contributors.
So welcome, new kid. Thanks for emulating BoomerCafé. Now go to the back of that very long line.
© 2012 Marcia Barhydt
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