Why We Sometimes Write About Topics that You Hate
Since starting Sixty and Me 4 years ago, I have learned so much about the opportunities and challenges of running a large community. On the one hand, with 500,000 women in our group, we have a wonderful diversity of ideas and perspectives. We have so much to learn from each other!
On the other hand, I have come to realize that, when it comes to choosing topics to cover on the website, it is impossible to please everyone.
In fact, I’m not exaggerating when I say that if I stopped writing about every topic that one or more people complained about, there would be nothing left! Ok, maybe cats. Everyone loves cats, right… except for the people who only like dogs. Oh well…
To illustrate my point, let me share a few comments that I have received lately. I’ve paraphrased these slightly to protect the innocent, but, the meaning is the same.
“If I see one more Helen Mirren article, I’m going to scream!”
“I’m so tired of reading about makeup. I don’t even wear makeup.”
“I love your makeup posts, but, for goodness sakes, stop talking about politics.”
“Stop writing about fashion after 60… people should just wear what they want”
“Why do you write so much about traveling? Some of us can’t afford to travel, you know.”
“Your ideas for making money in retirement don’t work in my country.”
“Not everyone has grandkids you know. Stop making people feel bad by writing about them.”
I could go on… and on… but, I think you get the picture.
Our Latest Mini-Controversy… Oprah for President?
Recently, like many websites, we chose to cover Oprah’s potential presidential run. In our case, we weren’t trying to stir things up. As I’ve mentioned plenty of times, we don’t take sides politically. We have never supported one candidate or another. We love our conservative members just as much as their liberal sisters.
However, we believed that Oprah’s potential presidential run was an important story. Not only is Oprah a member of our generation, but, her potential presidential bid gave us the opportunity to talk about the larger issue of when America will have its first female president.
This, by the way, is also an off-limits topic for some people, but, I digress.
Life After 60 isn’t Simple… We Are Not Simple
Here’s the main point. Life after 60 isn’t all about one thing. We are not simple, one-dimensional beings.
Some of us have retired. Some are planning on working until we drop.
Some people love experimenting with makeup. Others think that beauty topics are “silly.”
Some people like to be inspirational quotes. Others see this as a bunch of “feel good nonsense.”
Some people think that politics are too important to ignore. Others want to turn off the noise.
At Sixty and Me, we want to cover the entirety of the experience of being a 60+ woman. We want to inspire you. We want to make you laugh. We want to keep you informed. And, yes, from time to time, we want to debate serious issues.
The women in our community are wonderfully complex and I have a deep respect for each and every one of you. I hope that this short explanation, imperfect though it may be, helps to shed some light on why, from time to time, you may see articles that you hate on Sixty and Me.
When you do see a topic that you’re not interested in, don’t let it get you down. Chances are a topic that is your cup of tea is already being prepared!
What topics would you like to see us cover more on Sixty and Me? Do you feel like we cover the right balance of topics? Why or why not? Let’s have a chat!