This month for By Invitation Only, we’re talking about the wonderful relationships we’ve made through blogging, and some of the fellow bloggers who supported us early on.

This blog, Une femme d’un certain âge, began life in 2007, shortly after my 50th birthday. In addition to being obsessed with getting ready for our first visit to Paris (a lifelong dream), I was also finding myself confounded by shopping for clothes in a “baby doll” world, and hoping to start an online conversation about style for women over 50. At that point in time, there were few if any style blogs for our demographic, and I decided to try and write the kind of blog I’d want to read.

I had few readers in those early days, and knew little about social media or how to develop an audience. But there were a couple of like-minded bloggers who somehow found me very early on, and we’ve continued the conversation through these last few years. One I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person, and the second I very much hope to meet sometime in the near future.

Materfamilias and I first bonded over our love of whimsical shoes, and even though we lead rather different lives (she’s an academic, a grandmother, lives mostly on a small island in the Pacific Northwest) we share a love of Paris, and similar sensibilities when it comes to fashion and style. Her blog is a lovely blend of style, personal updates, beautiful photography of her own corner of the world and the various places around the globe she visits, and writing that’s often as poetic as the subject matter she teaches at a nearby university. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a few hours with her during a stopover in Vancouver a couple of years ago, and she was just as delightful as her blog persona. It was like catching up with an old friend.

Another early reader and commenter, Duchesse of Passage Des Perles has become a regular part of our  blogging cohort. Duchesse is known for her love and knowledge of pearls and other jewelry, as well as a very Parisian approach to style and shopping, but recently has also been tackling various topics associated with aging, retirement and money, as well as sharing some snippets of life in her new hometown, Montreal. Duchesse also visits Paris regularly, and has an eye for the best of what the city has to offer. I’ve been lobbying le monsieur to schedule a visit to the East Coast, including a swing through Montreal so that I can finally meet up with this online friend.

I treasure these online relationships, and consider these women my friends. They both contribute so much through their lovely blogs, and I do hope you will pay them a visit.

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