For a long time, I’ve been impressed with the storytelling talent of elderbloggers. It seems to come naturally to us and indeed, experts say it is important to collect and organize our stories for ourselves as we get older - it helps give meaning to the lives we have lived. But it is also good to share those stories.
Storytelling is an ancient art and mankind appears to be hardwired for it. Some say it is a necessity, second only to food and ahead of love and shelter in its importance. Even now, in times when communication opportunities have exploded, it is not just books, movies and TV shows which tell us stories; everything is storytelling – advertisements, news, politics, television commercials, the back of the cereal box. Each one, however short, contains a beginning, middle and end and engages us in its plot.
Everyone has stories to tell and because I believe it is a worthy idea to collect elder stories, beginning today there is The Elder Storytelling Place, an adjunct to Time Goes By. This is your storytelling blog and anyone, blogger and non-blogger, may submit stories to be published there.
Just in case you may think you have no stories to tell, it is worth reading this Time Goes By entry from 2005. Your stories can be about anything, in any tone, style and on any theme; something from your life, past or present, is likely.
There are a couple of rules and a few guidelines so that readying stories for publishing does not become my full-time job. They will not inhibit your storytelling. You will find them here and they are always available from the upper left sidebar of the new blog where there is also a link for submitting a story.
As I said above, this new blog is yours. I will occasionally contribute (when I’ve got a good story to tell) but mainly, it is for anyone 50 and older who wants to tell a story. It’s an experiment. Ideally, I would like to publish a new story on each of five days a week and if there are enough submissions, that will be expanded to seven. But it is entirely dependent on you. If you like the idea and there are enough contributors to keep the site fresh, it can go on indefinitely.
So please send in your stories. There is a permanent link to the new blog in the upper left corner of this blog.
The Elder Storytelling Place launches today with a story titled, Curiosity, from Norm Jenson. It's an animal story - part horror, part domestic relationship, part humor with even a bit of political commentary and a pun or two. You will love it.