Note: No sooner than had I written this post earlier in the day than I saw that another blogger has been having seemingly similar thoughts. I will miss Tamara's blog, but as someone who has been finding that life gets in the way, lately, I appreciate the perspective.
Recently this blog has been getting harder and harder to write, with increasingly fewer posts. This is happening I expect, for a variety of reasons. My volunteering level with homeless women has increased pretty dramatically in terms of time spent. I've become more active with groups throughout the week, becoming involved in book groups, knitting groups, a church movie group, two general "crafting and artistic" groups and more. The weather is again warm, and while I don't garden I enjoy the chance to go outside and harass the gardener, and longer times are spent sitting on the patio and appreciating the outside. I'm working a bit on the side (by choice), and looking to spend time on weekend day trips and the like. In other words, life is getting in the way.
Another side of the coin is that I sometimes feel repetitive. This blog was meant to be about living rich in retirement-proof that fixed income living can be rewarding and that life can be good. I'm not sure how much more I can write, that's not either just day to day views on my life (not necessarily a bad thing) or rehashing of past writings. I don't want to be that person who only writes ones every week or so. I'm convinced that to blog means to be regular, so that people know when, and how often to drop by.
So, what to do? I do like to write, about some things. However, the things I like to write about most are no longer necessarily retirement related, and this blog is definitely centered in that direction. I'm either the frugal Texas gal, or I live richly in retirement. These days, I'm more interested in writing about other things, with retirement being the background music at best, and limiting that writing to two times a week at the most, and perhaps once.
As I see it I have a couple (or perhaps three choices). I can continue writing here, but make this a lifestyle blog. This blog would keep the same title but it would have shorter posts about the things most important in my life-volunteering and low income women, my creative pursuits, general day to day life, and other things. I can leave this blog and start what is basically a creative blog, with a name that says it as such. And finally of course I can just stop writing.
My inclination right now is the first choice-in fact I've thought about increasing and changing the focus before. The reason I have hesitated is because while comments come and go in terms of number, my greatest views are those that have to do with tags like "fixed income living" I have no problem talking about those choices, I just want those conversations and writings to be secondary to others.
All this is to say, feel free to share, as I explore changes and see if this blog will continue. Perhaps readers will enjoy reading about recipes, home decoration, quilting, painting, writing, traveling, poverty in this country or any one of other issues. Or perhaps not. In other words, life is an experiment and we'll see how, or where it ends, when it comes to this one.