Monday, March 31, 2014

To Blog or Not to Blog.............

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.

18 comments:

  1. Whatever you decide, I want you to know that I've always admired how you choose to live your life, irregardless of the fact that you might pursue different activities than I do. Your passion for life shines through, and I've always found that tremendously inspiring.

    If our paths do cross this summer, it would be wonderful to meet up.

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    1. yea, I realiy really need to finalize my dates, ya know!!

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  2. Barb, I've enjoyed your blog posts for the past year. Living frugally in retirement was the drawing card for sure but that certainly encompasses living richly as well which in turn encompasses the lifestyle aspects all colored by retirement life. I think you have a rich retirement life on a budget. Isn't that what it's all about? I'd like to hear about your volunteer pursuits, book/movie reviews, homemaking, crafting, gardening, travel, social issues,etc. I enjoy the readers' responses. Life's big events are cemented together by the day-to-day things. Your blog is about reality.

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    1. Thanks so much-I think that's where this one is going. the thought of stopping or creating another blog from scratch really does seem too much!!

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  3. Good morning! I'm sad to see Tamara go, too. :( As for your conundrum, I think that it's okay for your blog to evolve as you evolve. I have found my own writing bounces back and forth between quilting and general life. If I had to categorize it now, I'd say definitely a lifestyle blog. It started life as a dancers blog! all I know is that I don't want to stop writing, and writing once or twice a week seems to suit me just fine. Carry on!

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    1. Yea, the more I think about it the more just general "lifestyle" with occasional "retireee" and "frugal retiree" options make sense!

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  4. I just read Tamara's farewell post, remember Galen Pearl's farewell last fall, and now your questions. I sense a trend.

    My vote: your idea of changing the focus to those areas that continue to excite and motivate you, like a lifestyle-oriented approach, would be well received and allow you to continue to express yourself in words.

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    1. Thanks Bob, I think that's the way I will end up going. I really do not want to stop at this point...................

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  5. Just keep writing. Encourage readers to use rss or email.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, come again. Unfortunately my conundrum isn't the delivery, and I actually prefer people stop by, especially if this gets more lifestyle ish and my photos increase. It's a time issue in my busy life and am emphasis issue.

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    2. Please keep blogging! Whatever your focus I enjoy reading your blog. I hate to see Tamara go, as her blog, your blog and Bob Lowry's blog kept me focused over the past year as I looked at and then decided to retire! I am in the beginning stages of deciding what next steps will be but know the three of you are beacons for people like me. Thank you!
      SSB

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  6. I do like to have at least a few flowers around my place. I'll buy mostly seeds for the flower pots and perrinials will come as my aunt and friends divide theirs. I moved this year and that is why I need to start over with perineals again. Thinking of getting a small grill for a change of pace in cooking. I like your blog and hope you keep it.

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  7. Barb,I have always enjoyed reading your perspective on life in general, your being retired is just a background piece of info, to me.I enjoy reading about having a rich and interesting life on a budget, I enjoy your sharing how much fun solitary travel can be.I've been waiting to hear more about your volunteering, and I like seeing pics of your quilting.. in short, keep writing!!!!!! In a world filled with news and interests of the younger age groups,I love to connect with "boomers" and people my age and a little older ..to see how WE are living richly in this new millenium!

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  8. I enjoy " the news" - whatever that brings from your fingers. Just write about what you want, when you want to. Looking forward to reading!

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  9. I vote for the first choice -- there's never any harm is changing the focus of a blog; and shorter is almost always better (although often harder to write). But in the end, you should write about what interests you ... and if it truly interests you it will likely interest us.

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  10. I think you should keep writing. I can tell you have many views and I am sure people would want to hear about them. I have discovered the same thing. While I started out writing about my "retirement journey," I couldn't resist talking about interests I have had all of my life - movies, books, libraries - so it makes sense that your blog would evolve that way.

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  11. Barbara, I understand what you are saying. Life does get in the way. However, if we don't live life we don't have anything to write about. I even find that limiting post increases traffic because I am able to think about things and make the post "evergreen". Being "evergreen" is when a post continues to get search traffic long after you have forgotten you even wrote it.

    So live that wonderful life of yours! I think it is wonderful. And remember the blog is about life and not the other way around. :)

    Barbara

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  12. Maybe it's just a 'spring cleaning' phase that everyone is going through. I, like some of the others, just enjoy reading whatever spills out of your brain and onto the screen. Your life is interesting and you always offer wonderful insights. Reading your blog is like sitting down with a friend over a cup of coffee. Just don't make it a chore and it won't be.

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