Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Has The Time Come??

 I do love my readers.  When I wrote this earlier in the day, I received encouragement from a variety of sources as to how I ccould continue this blog.  Many people reminded me that at one time I had considered turning this into a lifestyle blog, as that was where my true interest lies.  So read below and tell me what you think!

 For the past month or so, I have had some difficulty writing on this blog.  This is not because my life has become so boring. On the contrary, life has become busy and interesting, and I a doing a wider array of things than I was earlier due to my move and adjustment.  The problem is that I don't really want to sit down and write-at least about the same thing I am writing about now.

I am not a "writer" as such. I began this blog with a specific goal-to share my journey as a retiree living on a fixed monthly income.  I think I've done that, and in fact every time I sit down to write about fixed income living, I think to myself-but I already wrote about that.

I've written about my experiences on urban vs suburban frugality, downsizing and relocation,  how I purchase groceries frugally, how I travel on less than 200 a day (and that number continues to go down all the time) I've written on how I find both time and money for all my hobbies (many of them "expensive).  I've shared all the ways I find to purchase free things and do fun expensive things on a budget.

For the first year after moving to Denver, I was readjusting to a new place and climate.  I also had a great deal to share about my downsizing experience, from the move itself, selling a house, finding a new place to live and what to keep and give away. I've written about working in retirement, having your own business in retirement, and having grown children live with you in retirement.

Lately, I have not had the same love and energy for writing and I think readers can see that. I am also not a person to write any kind of daily or weekly diary as such. There are some wonderful bloggers who do that, and I visit their blogs regularly.

So at this point I am at a crossroads. I can stop by every few weeks and leave a blog post (again, works for many but not for me). I can say farewell and leave this blog up as reference, or I can change this blog into a different animal entirely.  You tell me.

I am always asked for specifics on how I pack for vacation, make boot cuffs out of old sweaters, make a candy vase, plan for a solo cross country trip-and more. I also get email requests for more about life in Denver and it's surroundings and have hesitated to write about that as I think others do so much better. In other words this would be more of a lifestyle/diy/travel blog, with a retirement and fixed income slant. Blogs would be shorter and more photo heavy. The question of course, is whether that is what readers want to see and here, and if I have enough to share to be interesting.

At this point I am going to think about life, writing and all of other life's questions for a few days. I need to decide if I can commit to blogging regularly, if I have enough to share outside of frugal retirement, and whether this direction works while keeping the title and URL of the blog.

This post was originally a "farewell forever post.  While I've been persuaded to reconsider and look to a new direction, I am not sure what I will do. This has to be something I enjoy, but it also needs to be something people will read, and enjoy reading.  So I ask you all. What do you think?

I've been blogging since 2009 here, and earlier elsewhere.  Whether this will be a permanent break,  lead me to a new blog, or something more-or less-I do not know. Meanwhile, thank you everyone, I hope you will share your opinions on any thoughts today or any other time.

17 comments:

  1. Barbara, say it isn't so! How will I keep up on what's going in in Denver, and in your life? Guess I'll check out Instagram, and stop back here every once in a while to check for an update. But ... best wishes in your "real" life, and please don't be a stranger on Sightings Over Sixty.

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    1. Thanks Tom. I've actually had some discussions to day and have been encouraged to continue to love, but in a different direction. I've edited the blog to show this, and I'll be thinking on it the next few days.

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  2. I enjoy popping in on your blog here and there but I get what you are saying. I started to blog originally about my Journey to Health but after a few years, switched out to Retirement topics - probably because both were of utmost importance to me. I am still blogging on retirement, but, like you, I find myself saying "but I have already blogged about this." Seeing a little success in getting a few short stories published, my writing veered off into that project and my blog ground to a halt. Now - well now I blog whenever I want and about more than just retirement. I think we as bloggers forget that our audience shifts and changes as does our blog! But, most importantly - no guilt! :)

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    1. HI there Eileen. As I told Tom, I'm looking at if I can keep the blog and take it in another direction, while still feeling the love of writing. I'll let ya know.

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  3. I have only been blogging for two+ years and you have been a mentor of sorts for me. When I first started, I was writing about retirement and what a difficult transition it was for me and you were very encouraging. So I thank you for that. And I also salute you for 6 years of blogging. But even though I have only been doing this for two years, I have already felt as you, wondering if anyone is reading or if anyone cares or if I still have something to say. But since I started, my blog has matured and changed. I always meant to talk about pop culture but from a Baby Boomer perspective and my blog has morphed into more of that than retirement, though I still talk about retirement. I review movies and books on my Friday posts and am published on IMDB so that is its own little thing. On Tuesdays I rant about all sorts and I think you can do the same. Well, not rant, but you know. You have many interests and I know people like how you write and would be interested in what you think about all kinds of things. So keep writing. You are a voice that I enjoy listening to! Rosy and PS. I know you love movies so I hope you check me out from time to time at http://rosythereviewer.blogspot.com and thank you for all of your earlier encouragements!

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  4. About 4 years ago I had a very successful blog but life happened and I stopped attending to it so much. Now I have a blog but it is mostly for me. I just put things there when I want to and what I feel like sharing. I say on my about page that it is what I am doing, just blogging for me. So I can blog or not, it depends on how I feel. I have enjoyed your blog for years now but things change in life so I understand if you won't be blogging so much or at all. God bless.

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  5. I have enjoyed reading your blog. I'm prompted to reflect on my own life when I'm reading about yours. The fact that your blog evolves beyond a frugal retirement is a good thing, an indication that your life is evolving. Isn't that what we strive for - to evolve, even in retirement? Retirement doesn't exist in a vacuum. It is a stage of life, life in its entirety that includes budgeting, homemaking, DIY, travel, entertainment, spirituality, learning and growing. I read some blogs that are sporadic with a month or more between posts. I check back because I enjoy the posts. Sometimes what we need is a rest. I agree with Eileen. Whatever your choice, own it with no regret or guilt.

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  6. Barbara, I was saddened when I first read this even though I understand you have to do what is right for you. I've only been reading some of these lovely boomer blogs about six weeks now. Yours was one of the first I read and I even went back and read it from the beginning. I am still fairly new at this retirement thing. I have found a lot of help, information and guidance from your blog. I do not have a blog although I have thought about starting one. I find I am learning so much from you and many of the other bloggers. You said you might change this to a lifestyle/diy/travel blog, with a retirement and fixed income slant. That sounds great! I have searched for “retirement” or “boomer” blogs but retirement alone does not define us – we each have our individual interests, hobbies and such. Like Mona (above) said “The fact that your blog evolves beyond a frugal retirement is a good thing, an indication that your life is evolving.”

    You should do what makes you happy. I just wanted to speak up as one of your normally silent readers that has enjoyed and appreciated your blog – whatever you decide to do!

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  7. Please keep writing! As one other responder indicated, your musings get me thinking about my life in different, positive ways. You show OPTIONS. Perhaps that could be your focus point as you write about different topics. I realize how much work it is to blog, but know that you and your thoughts and adventures are important to many. Thank you.

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  8. Barbara, people aren't blogging as much because that craze is like so over. People are vlogging now which is a lot more easier to do. All you need is an iPhone (easier to use than an android IMHO) a YouTube account and one finger (pointer finger works best. The newer iPhones come with free software iMovie, and with a touch and a drag of the finger you can download, edit and upload your completed vlog to YouTube in a matter of second and then be on your way to enjoy the rest of your day.
    Think about it. It's very creative and keeps our aging brain cells young!
    I would miss you if you left the interweb. :(

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  9. Hi Barbara. Thanks for the time, effort, and good ideas you have contributed to your blog. Selfishly, I'd prefer you stay with it so that I can stay in my consumer mode. But I don't have to tell you that at this point in our life we should not do something that drags us down in any unnecessary way. If you feel that way, quit or post irregularly. Or mix up your content (e.g., poem one day, musings another day, retirement issues on other days, and so forth) while you also post less often. Maybe also just take a break of several months and see if you miss it. Either way, thanks again and good luck.

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  10. I enjoy checking in to see what you have been up to and would miss it if you stopped ....but I understand how you feel. I only write in my garden blog once a month.....it fits my time and inclination. I would be happy with a Retirement Living in Denver blog under your old name. :o) I heard a writer say "One of the reasons we write is to see where it takes us" I like that idea. Aloha

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  11. As you know I went through this same struggle earlier this year and stopped blogging. I felt I had said everything there is to say. After a 2 month break, though, I came back with a slightly different focus. I missed the process of concentration and completion that comes from writing.

    You have been at this a long time. You have more than earned the right to say, "Enough." The question only you can answer is whether the act of writing and expressing yourself in that way is something you still enjoy.

    I'd suggest a sabbatical that may or may not end. You will feel a stirring to come back, or you won't. But, without that complete break you probably won't know.

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  12. I'm only just now finding your blog and it sounds like you have a lot of good information in your posts to date. I will go back through the archives.

    I understand where you are coming from in blogging. That is why I do not have one specific focus in my blog. Give yourself the freedom to broaden out your blog. I'm sure we will be interested in your diy/lifestyle blog with a retirement focus. If you stop blogging I expect I will still learn something from what you've posted to date.

    Take care and all the best on your continued retirement journey.

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  13. Why don't you take a break and consider your options? If after a month or so you find you don't miss blogging and the feedback from readers, well, there's your answer. But if you find you miss it, consider going at it from a different perspective. Good luck!

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  14. I have enjoyed your blog a great deal. Taking it into more of a lifestyle blog sounds interesting. Whatever decision you make, I will be following you on instagram and facebook. Do what feels right for your life. Hugs

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  15. I have enjoyed your blog a great deal. Taking it into more of a lifestyle blog sounds interesting. Whatever decision you make, I will be following you on instagram and facebook. Do what feels right for your life. Hugs

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