The Urban Dictionary describes "blogosphere" as something akin to a million lunatics wandering the streets mumbling to themselves. Write it all down and put it on the web. Congratulations, you've just created the blogosphere.
With so many millions of blogs floating about, it's become increasingly difficult to separate the good from the mediocre, especially when it comes to the ballooning number of blogs designed for those in the fastest-growing segment of the population -- midlifers.
And so we've tried to make it easier for you by scouring the web for a look at blogs representing an intriguing kaleidoscope of opinions and then listing a few we consider to be among the best of the bunch.
We've divided our picks into categories -- women, men, caregiving, finance, health, travel, food and tech -- with articles on each scheduled to roll out in the coming weeks. Indeed, our article on food blogs was published earlier this week. Below is our list of 7 blogs we like for post 50 women. Feel free to add your own faves in the comments section!
The Fifty Factor
<a href="http://www.thefiftyfactor.com/">The Fifty Factor</a> was launched by a very funny West Coast woman who introduces herself by saying: "If '50 is the new 40' how come my 50th birthday came and went faster than the pint of ice cream I inhaled standing in front of the open freezer door the morning of my 'big day'? I did not hear a single angel rejoicing 'Happy 40th!'. What's up with that?!?" Joanna Jenkins muses about life, friends and family, and also offers a nice list of other awesome blogs.
The Fabulous Geezersisters
<a href="http://www.geezersisters.com/">The Fabulous Geezersisters</a> was started by Austin, Texas novelist Ruth Pennebaker, who maintains she's old enough to call herself "fabulous." She writes about family, politics, marriage, friendship, aging and whatever else occurs to her. In the neighboring photo Ruth (second from right) can be seen with her son (far left), daughter (second from left), daughter's boyfriend (center), and husband (far right).
Peaches & Coconuts
<a href="http://www.peachesandcoconuts.com/">Peaches & Coconuts</a> is the brainchild of a lady-loving lady from New Jersey -- Deborah -- who has finally come to terms with her inner Jewish mother. She says she blogs for you because there is no "i" in u-terus.
A Baby Boomer Woman's Life After 50
<a href="http://www.aboomerslifeafter50.com/">A Baby Boomer Woman's Life After 50</a> will -- as the site says -- have you both laughing and crying. Widowed at the age of 50, writer Judi Freedman (who is also a Huff/Post50 blogger) says she's learning to reinvent herself. Her philosophy? To age gracefully, be optimistic about the future and keep her chin up ... so her neck stays forever wrinkle-free. Judi (right) is featured in the photo with her millennial son (center) and daughter (left).
The Midlife Second Wife
<a href="http://themidlifesecondwife.com/">The Midlife Second Wife</a> is about the real and true adventure of remarriage at life's midpoint. Marci Rich, a resident of Virginia, said she started the blog because she discovered that there is life after 40, life after divorce (or, for some of you, the death of a spouse), and life after cancer. She says she's living proof of it. The best description of the blog: a literary lifestyle/relationship blog with recipes. And a medical memoir.
Better Than I Ever Expected
<a href="http://betterthanieverexpected.blogspot.com/">Better Than I Ever Expected</a> is about -- you guessed it -- how great sex can be at any age. Joan Price, author of "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Naked-Our-Age-Talking-Senior/dp/1580053386">Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex</a>," pulls no punches as she advocates for ageless sexuality.
How To Become A Cat Lady ... Without The Cats
<a href="http://howtobecomeacatladywithoutthecats.blogspot.com/">How To Become A Cat Lady ... Without The Cats</a> is by a woman who (no surprise here) says: "One day I woke up and discovered I had become a cat lady ... just without the cats. Like a crazy cat lady's house, my brain is a cluttered jumble of thoughts, ideas and memories. I write to sort through some of the clutter in my brain. Oh, yeah ... and to get attention!"