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Jan Wild: Interview

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Jan Wild: Interview


2019: Wednesday Interview Series

Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?

I’m a 65-year-old Australian blogger living on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. I live with my partner Rowan who also contributes to our blog. We blog on retirement lifestyles – where to live, what to wear, where to visit on your travels. Also on aging, and ageism, wellness, financial and legal considerations, relationships etc.



Describe how did you first get into blogging?

We went to a session on blogging run by a writers’ group where we were living. We had already determined that a lot of retirement information available was focussed totally on financial matters. Our experience was that whilst money is important it is only part of the retirement jigsaw.  It is a means to an end not an end in itself. We decided we could help fill the gap by providing holistic information about retirement lifestyles.



What do you think is the best service a blogger can provide to his readers?

Honesty and thought-provoking posts. If you don’t have your integrity, you have nothing and if you don’t challenge the thinking of your readers why bother blogging.



What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?

Getting up to speed with SEO, I still have a long way to go but my work on this in the last few months has made a huge difference to my traffic.



Blog written out with Scrabble Cubes above SEO image



What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?

Not realizing my site had been hacked. I learnt that I needed to get better hosting and security software. Also that I needed to keep a much closer eye on Google Search Console



Did you have professional help or did you create the blog yourself?

I had professional help on the initial design and then again on a redesign last year.



What do you think is the best social media strategy for getting more readers to your blog?

Pinterest is my favorite social media app as posts on there have real longevity, unlike other social media applications. Pinterest is effectively a search engine and so it has loads of potential. I am only now coming to grips with it and using Tailwind and Tailwind Smartloop. Furthermore, I also run a Pinterest Tribe that others may wish to join, it is focussed on over 50s lifestyle.



Who takes the majority of your photos?

I post a daily outfit photo to Instagram and Facebook most days. Rowan takes these for me (I used to use a tripod and an app but I am so glad to no longer have that hassle). Otherwise, the photos on the blog are mostly mine (or those of guest posters) with the occasional top up with stock photos.



What’s the most beautiful place you have ever been?

Oh, that is such a hard question to answer as there are so many beautiful places in the world and I am privileged to have done a lot of travel. I think I would have to say Lucerne in Switzerland with the stunning Lake Lucerne, the medieval Chapel Bridge.  The frescoes on the buildings, and the surrounding mountains. A trip across the Lake and up Mount Rigi is such a memorable experience. And did I mention the Swiss Chocolate?



What annoys you?

Ageism annoys me and particularly when I see older people being ageist against themselves. Giving up on life, becoming set in their ways. There is no reason to become old before your time. At 65 I am the happiest I have ever been and I am loving learning and doing new things, creating new relationships and disrupting ageism.


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2019: Wednesday Interview Series


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6 thoughts on “Jan Wild: Interview”

  1. A great interview. I agree with you that ageism is annoying. Some folks think it is funny to denigrate older people. I think it’s awful. I need to pay more attention to Pinterest. Thanks!

    • Michele Thank you so much for your kind words. I just love doing this. I hope that you will also participate. Please let me know if you would be interested, as I will be delighted to showcase you and your blog as well.

    • Hi Jan, Glad I could and hope that you do find benefit and feel free to share the post and hopefully we will get more of your blogging friends to come and read the full post here and then also participate. Thank you again, I just love to showcase you awesome bloggers


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