June 20, 2012

Blogging for Two Years and Counting

This week marks the second anniversary of Satisfying Retirement. Almost 400 posts and approximately 300,000 words later I'm still typing. With most blogs folding within 30 days of launch and another 25% gone within a few months, I guess surviving this long deserves a slice of cake.

When I began I had no idea what would happen. I didn't know if anyone would read what I was writing, or even be able to find me on the Internet. With 180 million blogs, how would I possibly even be found?

Lots of reading and learning, experimenting, some lucky breaks, and the BRITW (best readers in the world) helped it all come together. For that I am eternally grateful. Blogging hasn't lost its kick for me so I hope to write about my third anniversary in June of 2013. We'll see.

Now, I am turning to you, the BRITW, once again for help. As you know I am beginning my second book. This time, I am putting together a series of interview with folks who have been retired for awhile, or aren't quite there yet put have the goal in sight. The interest in how others have made the transition from work to retirement is  quite strong. The desire to read about others on their journey tells me the appeal of this book could be powerful.

But, it will fall flat on its e-book face without your input. So, what I am asking for is an indication if you (yes, you who are reading this sentence) would like to be a possible part of this book. If so, the first step is simple: send me an e-mail (satisfyingretirement [at] gmail.com) with "New Book" in the subject line. Include:

  • You name
  • Age
  • How long you have been retired or how long until you plan to retire
  • Married, single, divorced, or widowed
  • The part of the country you live in (New England, California, Deep South, Mid West, etc).

I'd like the book to represent many different types of folks, in varied geographic areas, of different ages, and different kinds of relationships. All participants will be anonymous in the sense I won't use your last name or where you live except for the general geographic area.

I have already contacted and received acceptance from several of my blogging friends and those I know who have an interesting story to tell. But, now I am opening the door to you. If I select you to be part of the book you will receive a free copy of the e-book. If you have a blog you will be given a link from your interview to your site.

I will e-mail you back to let you know I have received your basic information. Obviously, I can't use everyone who wants to be part of this book, but I will contact you and let you know what is going on. For those selected I will send you a dozen questions to be answered by return e-mail.

So, attention BRITW: e-mail me with the information above and indicate your interest in being part of this project. The next satisfying retirement book is coming this fall.

And, thank you, very sincerely, for your support over the past two years. It means the world to me.

28 comments:

  1. Bob,
    I"m not sure how or when I ran into your blog, but it has been for the better part of these past two years. Your sharing has been enjoyable and helpful. Thanks for your service. Happy 2 year anniversary!

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    1. Thanks, Rick. I'm glad you are one of the BRITW group. It has been fun, fulfilling, and a learning experience.

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  2. Happy Blogoversary! Two years is a true testament. At least that's what people told me in February and I have pretty smart readers too, so it must be true.;)
    Have a drink on me Bob and Betty!
    b

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    1. My regulasr 4 O'Clock glass of wine!

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  3. Congratulations! I retired in May 2010 and found you in Nov 2010. I'm grateful that I found you-this blog has been a big help to me on my retirement journey. Hope it continues for a long time.

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    1. I'm sincerely glad I could be a help on your journey.

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  4. Happy Anniversary and Many More to come. I only found your blog at the beginning of this year, and I'm not yet retired. Reading of your life in retirement gives me hope that there is life after work.

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    1. Hi, Cindy. There is a great life after work. In the mean time, I'm glad you are here.

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  5. Hi, Bob... Good luck with your new book. As I recall, I've already told you that I'd like to be a part of the book... so you can count on my participation. Regarding your blogging for two years, I'm right there with you. My first post was dated June 10, 2010. Hey, we're looking forward to your visit about two weeks from now. See you then, Bill

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    1. We are reviewing the Sisters book and looking at the Oregon map. We should be all set. And, yes, you and Wendy are going to be part of the next book.

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  6. Happy Anniversary! Somehow, I think there will be many more to come. Glad to see you survived the past couple of days - that was exciting. Even Malcolm was ready to jump in with a comment, but he decided to watch the show from the side-lines instead.

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    1. Yes, I enjoyed the fury of it all. Thanks for the well wishes!

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  7. Good for you ... And for us readers. I look forward to reading you for years.

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    1. Jasmina, Thanks for the compliment. I just checked out your blog, East of Paris..looks interesting.

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  8. Steve in Los AngelesThu Jun 21, 12:34:00 AM MST

    Congratulations, Bob! I have been following your blog for quite some time and, of course, I have written my share of comments. Thank you for your nice comments about my being well prepared for retirement. Being well prepared for retirement is my main ambition now. I have been planning for my eventual retirement for just over 30 years. Thirty years ago, I was age 26.

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    1. Thanks, Steve. You have become a regular and I appreciate your consistency.

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  9. Kindred spirits .... possibly your BRITW lol Congrats! You are 2 years now and rolling.. ... Every day I look forward to seeing what have you written, what are the comments and what can I learn or take away from your blog.I am looking forward to your new project.Best wishes for another fun year!

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    1. Thanks so much. Another charter member of the BRITW!

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  10. I always read your blog, not commenting, just hanging out from the sidelines! I plan on retiring in 5 years, and have gained a lot of confidence by reading both your blog and the comments. Great work! Keep it up.

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    1. Thank you and glad you left a comment this time!

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  11. Congratulations on your second anniversary! I've enjoyed reading your blog ever since I found it, and I look forward to the coming year of posts. I like that you take a non-financial viewpoint, different from other blogs that discuss retirement. I'll be sending you an email, although my situations is a bit different so I don't know how useful I will be.

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    1. Focusing on more than just financial issues has proven to be the right choice. Besides, I can't even imagine trying to write about just one topic over and over.

      Thanks, Cari.

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  12. Congratulations Bob, and also, a sincere thank you for all that you do and share so generously with your readers. May you not run out of things to say and share for many years to come!

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    1. My wife is pretty sure I will never run out of things to say.

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  13. Congrats on your *blog* anniversary! Your book sounds fascinating too! I'm not retired, so I can't help you out there!!

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    1. Actually, you don't have to be retired yet to be part of the book project. Within 5 years is fine. There are lots of folks who would like to know what other pre-retirees are thinking and planning.

      Have a great weekend!

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