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Dr Sutherland with new bloggers Elizabeth Cameron and Irene Mews. Picture: USC

Baby boomers get blogging

Academics have found that baby boomers are keen to enter the blogosphere, and once given the tools, will go online to discuss everything from genetically modified food to gothic horror fiction.

University of the Sunshine Coast’s Dr Karen Sutherland has taken up the task of teaching students over the age of 50 how to set up blogs, and found that seniors used it as a tool to tell their stories and those of their family.

“Most of the students managed to set up their own blog and had started to post by the end of the session, which is great because it’s a really good way to express yourself,” Dr Sutherland said.

“Family history tends to die out because it’s not shared anywhere; I think blogging is an amazing way to capture that history.”

The classes have been running through the Noosa branch of the University of the Third Age – a USC volunteer organisation for retirees.

Sutherland said the project was a good example of how the internet could benefit seniors.

Its first round was so popular that more classes will continue to run later this year.

Ingrid Gane, 71, used the classes to start blogging about photography.

“The course is there to enjoy yourself and to make friends,” Gane said. “No-one gets judged or criticised; It’s all about having fun.”

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  1. I wonder if the participants already had computer literacy skills or total tech novices? Just curious. Either way, a great initiative, Sara

    • Dr Karen Sutherland

      Thanks Sara, I had a great time delivering the workshops. There were a wide range of computer skill levels among the participants, so I made sure that the course catered to everyone’s needs. Dr Karen 🙂

    • I’m 71 Sara, and have some computer skills but they are fairly basic and I do take time to learn new skills. It’s worth it though and U3A and the Library have some great courses for beginners and the more experienced and well worth joining:-) Irene