Web Site Looks at Middle Age With a Sense of Humor


(Sunday, August 10, 2008 11:38 AM EDT)

From Disney.com to AARP.org, there seem to be many Web sites catering to children's and senior citizens' interests, but Round Hill resident Cara Hannan noticed there aren't many sites for men and women in their middle-age years.

As founder of the Web site Geezin.org, she has taken it upon herself to create a resource for 35- to 55-year-olds.

Not yet geezers, but no longer in your 20s or early-30s, 46-year-old Hannan and her friends jokingly refer to themselves and other middle-agers as “geezin,” and thought it was an appropriate name for her site.

“I wanted a humorous site,” she said. “So much is going on at this age, you have to have a sense of humor.”

Covering topics such as family, health, leisure, money and services, the Geezin.org Web site is “one-stop shopping,” Hannan said.

Whether it's what to do with an exasperating teen or how to handle an aging parent or what to do about arthritis, Hannan said she wants to address it all and “reach across a broad spectrum for answers.”

“Folks with usual mid-life concerns can go one place,” she said. The site “has links to articles and new stories that can take them further and deeper into Internet research. My Web site is a starting point.”

Hannan is particularly excited about the services page, where, at no charge, people can post information on services they offer.

“I want to help middle-age people with small business and talents to market themselves,” she said.

Currently, Hannan is accepting service provider forms (found on the services page) and soon will have all the services listings available.

Although Hannan has a couple contributing writers, the site is mostly a one-woman show - something she wants to change.

“I want people to be able to use it, so I want to hear from my readers,” she said. “I want their stories and their ideas on stories they'd like covered.”

She also is looking for volunteers to oversee the blogs on the site. So far response has been good from friends and visitors to the site, Hannan has high hopes for the future.

“I eventually would like this to be a member organization. I'd like Geezin to be like what AARP is for senior citizens,” she said. “There's really not that much out there for us. Who's helping the middle age folks? I'm trying to.”

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