October 28, 2013

Thanks Are Past Due



Perhaps I should have waited until the Thanksgiving holiday, but this topic was on my mind today, so here goes: I am past due in thanking some web sites and bloggers for their support over the last few year to satisfying retirement blog and me.


At the top of the list for its continuous support is the web site, Senior Correspondent. 88 times (so far) this excellent resource has re-posted my material. Most recently, they included the article about our just concluded RV trip to wine country and the Pacific Ocean. With writers and bloggers from almost every interest imaginable, Senior Correspondent is a place that you should have on your "visit frequently" list. They post consistently interesting and useful material.




The PBS site, Next Avenue, positions itself at the place where grown-ups keep growing. With a wealth of articles on subjects ranging from health and well-being, work and purpose, financial issues, living and learning, and caregiving there is very little you won't find here.

I am a paid contributor of retirement advice to Next Avenue but also find myself contributing to other articles. Just a few days ago, Richard Eisenberg, Senior Editor of two of the major channels of information on the site, asked for permission to link to an older post of mine and to use some information from my latest book in his excellent overview of Time management's importance to a happy retirement. A major media player like Public Broadcasting, is a nice feather in my cap. I am proud to be included on their site.

Content aggregator, Alltop, gathers information across a huge range of topics everyday from blogs and web sites. Last summer, Alltop decided to begin carrying posts from Satisfying Retirement. As only one of nine retirement blogs included, and only one of two non-financial blogs, I want to publicly thank Alltop for their support.

Blogger and friend, Barbara Torris, has seen fit to carry a link to my latest book in a prominent place on her blog, Retire in Style, for the last several months. I can track the sale of copies from her endorsement. I do appreciate her giving up some valuable space to me.

I would be missing a key "Thank You" if I didn't include blogging friends and supporters: 10 Steps to Your Happy Place guru Galen Pearl, Tamara Reddy and her stories of her amazingly active Early Retirement Journey, a couple of more Barbaras (Zero to 60 and Beyond plus Living Richly in Retirement), RJ Walters, Suzanne at Life out Loud, Linda at Thoughts from a Bag Lady in Waiting, Syd at Retirement: a Full Time Job, Dave at Retirement - Only The Beginning and Tom at Sightings at 60.

These folks have been a part of my day pretty much since the beginning and have become friends, both real and virtual.

Finally, I have to thank the world's best readers and commenters. You always stimulate, instruct, support, encourage, and occasionally kick me ever so gently in the rear. Without you I won't be here.

So, thank you to all who have made this retirement journey so satisfying.


13 comments:

  1. I am honored to be mentioned, Bob. You always have posts that make me think, which could be dangerous but mostly it's good. ;)
    Thanks,
    b

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    1. We share a radio background, a hometown (I was born in Philly), and an often similar slant on things (like Halloween). Add to that you write very well and I'm glad to have made you part of my "family."

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  2. Ah, I love you too Bob. But possibly your adorable Betty just a tiny bit more. :-)

    In all seriousness, Mike and I feel tremendously thankful to have met you both, and we are excited about sharing some of our RV journeying with you both in the years ahead.

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    1. Likewise! You and Mike push me to try to be a bit more physical and keep growing mentally. In fact I have just stated a video course from Yale on the Civil War and Reconstruction because of your prodding.

      Keep it up. Our future together is bright.

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  3. And thank YOU for blogging! Your blog was the first one I found when I did a google search. My husband retired last week and I have only 5 more Fridays to go. Your posts have given us much food for thought as fodder for after-dinner conversation as we (quickly) approach our retirement. "Freedom 55" for him and "freedom 52" for me. :) Thank you!

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    1. How exciting...5 more Fridays for you and hubby already starting his satisfying retirement journey. What a great time of life. Please feel free to drop me an e-mail at any time if you have a specific or personal question and I'll be glad to give you whatever retirement advice I can muster.

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    1. As my first blog supporter you will always have a special place in my heart, Syd.

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  5. I read your blog faithfully but comment little. I am so glad to have a place to read intelligent, well-thought out and informative articles and discourse about retirement. Thank you and all your readers who make me laugh and think. Sometimes in the same post/comment!

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    1. I'm glad you are there, Susan. Commenters only make up around 1-2% of all readers, so you in the vast majority and vital to this blog's continuation.

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  6. Bob,

    Thanks for the mention. It's easy to pay attention to someone who has something to say and consistently says it well. Your recent healthcare web-site experience gave us fresh hope that we can reduce our premiums. We will try again when the bugs are out of the system.

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    1. All of us are happy you overcame the hacking of your original blog and came back.

      BTW I got the paperwork for my new policy and it is all correct.Everything worked exactly as advertised and I will save 35% each month.

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