Not your ordinary blogger in pajamas: Anne Cleveland is 84 and has been blogging politics for a year
But is she a BlogHer!? I couldn't find her in the searching I did but she does run ads so she should find BlogHer - or we should find her!
Here are a few stories about this 84 year old former small business owner, Anne Cleveland, who blogs at An Octogenarian's Blog and appears to have a conservative to libertarian political slant (see here for example).
"I went home (and) informed my children I was buying a computer to sell on eBay," Cleveland said. "My son tried to talk me out of it, telling me not to waste my money, because I was not adept at using anything electronic nor mechanical. But I bought one anyway."
Cleveland didn't know what a mouse, monitor, hard drive or keyboard was, but "I thought if 4-year-olds could operate one, so could I," she said.
Over the next few weeks, Cleveland learned the basics of operating a computer and a digital camera. She sold online on eBay for five years and had given up that work after moving when her son suggested she begin writing a blog.
Cleveland said many of her blogs are about politics and what she calls the philosophy of freedom. She has a few reasons she blogs.
"I believe we as human beings were created to create," Cleveland said. "One reason I write on a blog is because of the pleasure it provides me to sit down and create a story about some subject. Sometimes feel like that which ends up on paper does not come from me but through me."
That sure sounds like how a BlogHer would be to me!
And more from a previous article about her in the Gainesville Times (Georgia):
"I'm not a joiner. I'm just an individual," Cleveland said. "I just tell it like it is and as I see it."
She said a common element in her blog posts is the philosophy of freedom.
"I feel very strongly about the philosophy of freedom in this country, and I write about that," said Cleveland, who studied the subject for seven years.
Cleveland said she really became interested in freedom while she was living in Japan in the 1950s with her husband, who was in the military. She was riding in a cab when the driver hit a child on a bicycle. Cleveland said though the child was not injured, she and the driver were taken to jail and interrogated. She said she was held for hours and asked repeatedly if she was a Communist.
It was after this incident that she realized her freedom had been compromised by a foreign government, and she decided to learn about just what freedom means.
"I was furious," Cleveland recalled.
Cleveland has since formed a view of personal freedom in which she believes government should have little influence over her life, money and property.
When Cleveland's son realized how much she was writing, he helped her set up a blog and even got her an editor.
I'll never forget how thrilled I was when an 84 year old man started his own blog after commenting on mine for a while in 2006. He named it "Angry Grandpa"! And he did a great job. He's still around but has not blogged for a very long time. That's okay because I know that he has been involved with them and understands the role they serve and the expression they provide. I love the intergenerational nature of blogs very, very much.
Anyway, I don't know about you, but I'm adding her blog to my sidebar - the only trouble will be figuring out which category to put her in!
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