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.