Really? Are things around here so complicated that you need a tutorial to use this blog? Gee, I hope not. I spend a fair amount of time trying to write a post with a clear point or two. I keep the clutter on the sidebars under control (I think).
At the same time there are always new folks finding Satisfying Retirement. A mention in Google+ or or on Facebook might peak someone's interest enough to click over to read that article. But, like anything new, that visitor might not know what he or she can do next.
Even long time readers might not realize all that this blog has to offer. So, how about a quick tour around my blogging home.
The key to readership is the three times a week post. It sits dead center on the page and is hard to miss. Below that are the four most recent posts. So, if you keep scrolling down you might find something else that you want to read. On the right side (called the right sidebar) are two important sections. The things I have written over the past three plus years that have been clicked and read most often are under the Most Read heading. They are actually arranged in order, with the #1 read post first, all the way down to #10. If you have never read one of them, you can click on the title to see what others have deemed some of my best content. Even though a particular post may be a year or two old, feel free to leave comment. I respond to all comments and new readers are checking out posts and comments every day.
Next is a Google+ link. If you haven't joined me yet on this important social media please consider clicking the link so we can communicate more directly.
Just below that are the Blog Archives. Here are links to every post that has ever appeared on the blog. The current year shows the total number of posts appearing so far this year. Under that is a listing of the most recent posts for the current month. If you missed one, click on it to be taken directly to that post. Then you see the other months and years that can be expanded by clicking the arrows.
Ways to subscribe to e-mail or reader updates to the blog follow the archives. If you'd rather find the latest post in your e-mailbox or on your reader instead of having to navigate to this web site, click your preference and sign up.
Note: I do not attempt to sell anything using with my e-mail subscriber list, or allow others to do so. if you sign up you will receive the blog and that is all you will receive from me.
Further down the right sidebar is an ever-changing list of blogs I enjoy and read on a regular basis. You can visit any of them simply by clicking that blog's name.
Looking at the left side of the blog page, you will find a direct link to my latest book. If you are in the market for an excellent overview of how to build your own satisfying retirement, click the advertisement.
Just below that is a link to my Facebook page for this blog. If you have a Facebook account I would sincerely appreciate a "like" on that page. You will find the latest blog post and other information I think you may find interesting and helpful.
A little further down the left sidebar is the g+ "voting" button. Since Google is critical to this blog's readership and influence, if you simply click that button you help me. Thanks!
To keep things from looking cluttered, I have very little advertising on Satisfying Retirement. If you plan on buying anything from Amazon, click the ad on the left side. You don't have to buy one of the listed products. Use the search box on the Amazon page to search for anything. If you end up ordering something, Amazon sends me a few pennies. Over time it adds up to enough to pay the Internet charges for this blog.
There is a link that says "Annuity Information" on the right sidebar. That is a paid advertisement. If you are in the market for annuity information I'd appreciate you clicking that link and see what those folks have to offer.
So, that's it: a simple user guide. Even if you have been a long time reader (bless you!) I hope there is something in the explanation that helps you make the most of the time you spend here.
A final request: is there anything I don't have on the blog that you'd wish I would add? Is there something I could do that would improve your retirement lifestyle? If so, leave a comment below or drop me an email.