Hell’s Bells, I’ll just jump on the old band-wagon since they are just a warm and loving bunch of folks at NotOverTheHill.com. Always on the lookout for other boomers that might have a similar interest, I signed up for their site.
I didn’t like it and said so. I had specific reasons that I thought were pretty lame.
It appears they have peaked like so many other “boomer” blogs/websites. We’re just all not that similar. Since my traffic is close to theirs, I figured there must be beaucoup bucks out there for me to scrape up if I just declared: thus I Am a Blog Targeting Boomers.
I thought I would hop over to see what was going on since they need the traffic. Alas, I am persona non-Sixty. So, since I have been challenged, I probably will log on under another username and cause them more grief, just because I can. They deserve it.
NotOverTheHill.com are my kind of folks, here are some comments from the last time I wrote.
Heres some old fun posts
- NotOverTheHill.com is the Gum on My Sock Okay. Now you've done it. Now you've really done it. I was in a crappy mood (the gum on my sock to start the day) then I read this pap... NotOverTheHill.com provides an opportunity for the 40+ crowd to experience the fun and excitement that has made sites like Facebook and MySpace so popular. Unlike other social networking sites, which cater to a younger audience, NotOverTheHill provides a unique environment where mature adults can share photos, music interests, videos, and blogs. Membership is free. The Savvy Boomer has documented many times how social websites targeted at boomers are a total BUST. Boomer bloggers have had a spirited discussion about how we don't want, don't need, don't like our "own" social network. We're on Facebook or MySpace if we feel the need. But these Michiganders think they have the answers to tap into our psyche and shepard us into a group large enough to get some ads. The refer to their target as the "so-called" baby boomer generation. In that context "so-called" gives the impression that there is no legitimacy to the term "baby boomer." Ahem, it's a recognized demographic term used for decades to describe us. Their press release just keeps getting more and more patronizing. All the crap every boomer-focused-site has babbled before: boomers have been ignored boomers don't like the content on big social nets boomers are scared of the big social nets blah, blah, blah But I joined anyway, just to see what kind of initial experience they offered. It's bad. Starting right with their registration page. They have a CAPTCHA, I hate CAPTCHA I flamed them about their CAPTCHA. It's CASE SENSITIVE! So is that a zero or an "o" and the registration form clears passwords and "agree to terms" checkbox if you screw it up, well you care you can read the rest here. (Boy that gum on my sock really got me off to a bad start today. ) Their next mistake was sending me FOUR (so far) "welcome" messages! SPAM. One message? expected and appreciated, two? overkill, three? SPAM. four? PISSES ME OFF! My first impression of NotOverTheHill.com is bad, real bad.\ UPDATE: Social Net for adults 18+ croaks. ReadWriteWeb's resident Baby Boomer, Bernard Lunn, wrote a great post entitled: Why Eons, a MySpace for Old People, Failed. Bernard claimed that "the idea of targeting by age is just not smart marketing." Instead you should target by content, he wrote. With both Eons and iYomu now having failed, it's difficult to argue with that logic.
- Monster Founder; Eons Founder Says Die Boomer Die Jeff Taylor, the founder of the successful Monster.com employment site and the unsuccessful boomer site Eons.com is going after death. He thinks he can make money from a website that has obits. Taylor, who founded Monster.com, finally realized that what his dwindling members wanted was a social network, not a portal for Sunsetters. Most of the intense activity was around the groups on the site, and so that is where he is focusing his efforts now. He also realized that nobody wants to go to a social network to be reminded about death. The author of the post throws out all the ageist comments boomer bloggers have read dozens of times, summarized here: Boomers are old. Boomers are stupid. I wish people that write about boomers could be more original. It's more fun. Die Boomers Die hasn't posted since November. I miss them. Here are some topics for un-boomers to write about boomers: don't know how to drive talk funny dress weird drive up the cost of pot are ugly don't work hard enough If you take on one or all of those topics, please link back. I'd love the chance to write about something other than being old an stupid.
- Disaboomer, No It Doesn’t Mean Think of New Insults. I just found out I'm a disaboomer. When I first ran across the word, I figured it was just a spin on diss-a-boomer, another "its all the Boomer's fault" place. It's not, it's a site for Boomers with disabilities. Not a bad thought really. Boomers were and still are mostly an active bunch, but we have our physical problems: loss of hearing, bad joints (body joints), work related problems, and other aches and pains that effect our everyday lives to limit our activities. On the other hand, we're not ready to sit down because of a disability, making it into an infirmity. Boomers may be soft and unfit, but we sure don't want to be infirm. Elderly folks are infirm. So we've been pegged as Disaboomers. Boomers with disabilities. Pretty good general term. But I sure don't think disaboomers need a social network (yes another "targeted" website!)
- ABBA’s Frida Lyngstad Was One of Hitler’s Aryan… Didja remember that Frida Lyngstad of ABBA was part of Hitler's plan to populate the earth with Aryan children? The Jewish Channel did a documentary about it a few years back. Now with the resergence of the interest in ABBA because of Mamma Mia the channel is communicating to bloggers about the story and documentary. If your cable system carries The Jewish Channel it sounds like a very interesting story. 10,000 babies were born to blonde, blue eyed Norwegian mothers and German fathers. The children were called Lebensborn - meaning "fountain of life." “We were just young, stupid, and in love,” a Norwegian woman who had a love affair with an S.S. soldier explains. “We didn’t think about a pure race… To be honest it was that we thought they were really handsome in their uniforms. That’s the main reason we went out with them.” Frida Lyngstad (center) didn't know who her father was, but the story came out right at the time of her greatest success. Decades later, with millions of dollars in lawsuits pending, the whole story is a huge embarrassment for Norway. One of the Lebensborn children puts it aptly: “And to think that Norway is supposed to be such a perfect country,” he says, recognizing that no nation is infallible and that we must all guard against prejudice and injustice, even where it’s least expected.
- Picking on Foreigners with Lying Statistics Savvy Boomer does a great job of keeping up with the traffic stats for the baby-boomer oriented websites. He uses a site where one can plug in three URL's and get a traffic comparison. Here's the comparison I like. The Savvy Boomer is Canadian. Headrambles is Irish. God Bless America. Upon further review these two little asides are rather revealing. If your quint-focals aren't working, it basically says, these sites are so puny that we just guessed. And this is always fun: keywords that generate the traffic: Yeah, TheSavvyBoomer.com and HeadRambles.com actually have keywords that relate generally to their entire blog comments. GoingLikeSixty.com has keywords that relate to one friggin' post that I did about a $29.95 gadget that has over 225 comments! Woo-hoo. But I'll take it. God Bless America.