Women like to share. It’s something we all know, and we back it up every time we click our social media buttons. But when our desire to express ourselves goes beyond 140 characters or a few quick sentences, where can we turn?
There are a number of online communities that invite women to share our wisdom, our questions, our advice, and our stories with other women like ourselves. From simple Q & A to conversational forums to blogs and essays, these online women’s communities offer a wide range of options for women to connect with each other.
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If you’re a post-50 woman like myself, here are 5 online communities for 50+ women where we can gather to chat, express our frustrations, offer advice, and encourage each other. I look forward to meeting you there:
“Real women, real stories” is the tagline for this community where women are invited to grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine) and contribute their ideas and opinions in a free community forum, or scroll through essays contributed by other BA50 members. If there’s something you want to write about, you can submit a post as well. So whether you want to celebrate an achievement, share an insight, or dish about the latest viral story, just be honest, be sensitive, and have a sense of humor— you’ll fit right in!
Faulous@50’s mission is to celebrate baby boomer women. Anyone can read their Blog@50, but you’ll need to register to participate in their forums. As a free community-level member you’ll also receive the monthly Be Fabulous! E-Magazine which is full of recipes, tips, and articles for a post-50 audience of fabulous women. If you like what you see, a paid membership will secure extra perks.
The FabAfterFifty philosophy is to create a community where likeminded women come together to share and inspire, and it’s particularly comforting to know that we can do this from anyplace in the world. Although this site originates in the UK, the stories and concerns these women share are the same the world over. Whether the subject is lifestyle, money, health, careers, or any other, get to chatting in this free community and you’ll immediately feel right at home. You may even make a friend or two “across the pond” that you can visit someday!
As “a place to share from the heart,” the Boomer Women Speak community works on a number of levels. Anyone can browse through their blog articles to get a feel for the site, and when you’re ready join a conversation, register for free and jump in. Topics range from marriage and step-parenting to pets, laughter, faith, loss, aging parents, and the list goes on. Boomer Women Speak is the sister site of the National Association of Baby Boomer Women, and frequent posters will receive discounted membership to the NABBW if they’re interested in moving on up. On the NABBW site, you can even graduate to publishing blog articles if you find that the writer’s spirit comes upon you.
Vibrant Nation is the leading online community for women over 45 who live somewhere between raising children and enjoying their senior years. The vibrant women who participate in this community come to seek advice and support from other women—influencers who blog about fashion, fitness, love, relationships, and more. The community is free to join and fun to explore so take a peak when you get the chance.
Be sure to visit all of these active online women’s communities and join any that make you feel at home. Sharing the journey we all begin at midlife makes the trip more enjoyable!