March 11, 2019

A Sabbatical Update


Today marks one month away from adding fresh material to Satisfying Retirement. Happily, several hundred folks a day continue to visit, to look at the archives, I assume, or see if I have dipped my toe back in the blogging water. The number of supportive and encouraging emails that I find in my inbox are very gratifying and encouraging, too.

I have begun to look at a move to Wordpress as my blogging home. Frankly, I didn't realize the amount of work involved in establishing an entirely new home for the blog on a new site. Making things look good is more involved than I had anticipated. While I think it best I do eventually move from Blogger, it is likely that this will continue to be my home for awhile.

I have been reading all sorts of books and spending extra time simply being quiet and content, looking for insights and fresh ways to think about retirement. There are always new readers, fresh to retirement or beginning to plan for this phase of life. Addressing the important issues of finances, relationships, time management, travel, spirituality, and creativity are vital to them and will continue to be at the core of Satisfying Retirement.

At the same time, for readers who have been with me for more than a few years it is important that I look for different ways to address some of the challenges we face. There are a few hardy souls who have been part of this blog family for almost as long as I have been here! I want to keep them surprised and pleased with new perspectives on familiar subjects.

I have reached an important conclusion about what I want from this blog. The days of trying to "grow" readership by using social media, podcasts, guest posts, or other avenues open to me are definitely moving to the back burner. Trying to increase advertising revenues isn't worth the effort to me. This isn't a business, it is a labor of love.

So, blogging will be more about satisfying me, pleasing you, and being content with the process. The size of the readership will be whatever it is; I am no longer pushing for the next million views. Advertising on these pages will be limited. Even pushing my various books will take a back seat to just having a good time writing and responding to your comments.

To keep the blog in proper balance with the rest of my life, when I return there will be a new post every 5th day, just a bit less than before. I have no plans for another book at the moment, though that doesn't mean I won't write one someday. I will probably restart the podcasts, but not immediately.

Satisfying Retirement is the name of the blog. I am adjusting things so it is more a description of my life, too.

I have begun to write some new material. When I have enough ready to go, I will be back. If you'd like me to give you a date, let's think about two weeks from today, March 25th, as the official end of the sabbatical.

That sounds doable. 

Please join me to see where we can go together.


25 comments:

  1. You sound recharged, focused and excited about the future of this blog, Bob, so I'd say your sabbatical was successful in providing you the right opportunity for contemplation. Welcome back - so glad this is the direction you chose!

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    1. Yes, Mary, it has been a good break. For the first few weeks I really didn't miss the structure that a blog imposes. But, then things started bubbling back to the surface and I knew it was about time.

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  2. Your pause is our gain. Rest, restore, renew, move forward.

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  3. Good decisions..looking forward to having you back...one blog per week is fine...allows you to enjoy your "Satisfying Retirement".

    Tom Hedges, Avon, OH

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    1. Thanks, Tom. 5 days feels about right. The old schedule had some posts only 3 days apart...too quick for my present approach.

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  4. Glad to hear that you're alive and well, refreshing your mind and spirit, and planning to come back someday soon.

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    1. Two weeks from today I will be back to a regular schedule.

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  5. Great news that you have made a decision to restart your blog. Perhaps one of your future posts could detail your time during your sabbatical. Be well.

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    1. I will look at what I did and what insights I gained.

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  6. Bob - so glad to hear from you, and that your sabbatical is going well.

    I am a longtime Wordpress user and have been very satisfied. I find the Wordpress.com platform to be very user friendly (and find Blogger just the opposite - I guess it may be like the Mac/PC divide). I have always used one of WP's free templates, which are now more adaptable than they were when I started blogging, but I did upgrade to have my own domain name. You most likely know this already, but you can set up a "dummy" site and then play with the templates, fonts, photos, etc. until you find what suits you and get used to how it all operates. It really is easier than it seems at first though. If and when you decide to switch to WP, I'd be happy to help if I can or answer question.

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    1. I am pretty determined to do it. I have owned satisfyingretirement.com for quite awhile. Now, I have Bluehost as the hosting company. It is just getting things transferred over and looking right that is taking time. But, no rush!

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  7. Just grateful that you are returning on whatever schedule suits you.

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  8. Hi Bob! Glad to hear you are enjoying your break. I believe it is important for us all (bloggers and everyone else too) to pause and consider if what we are doing is right for us now. Yep! There's rightsizing again. Looking forward to seeing where you go from here!

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    1. A break from routine and commitments is important. It is really the only way to look at what you are doing and see if it all still matches your desires and needs.

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  9. Looking forward to your new approach!

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    1. I think it will be a bit more personal in content, but the direction is still evolving.

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  10. Thanks for the update and all you do.

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  11. I am glad you found the structure you want and schedule that is best for you. I'm not sure I could follow a rigid schedule over at RJsCorner. I tried that for a while at the beginning of this year and found I cannot blog on a specific topic on command. I never know what topic will come off the top of my brain on any given day :)

    Yes, Wordpress is very versatile and of course that comes with a level of complexity. As Laura said, it does have a learning curve but once you get it tasks are pretty easy. I am constantly changing the format of my blog to fit my present moods.

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    1. Considering how often you post fresh content, your brain is overflowing with all sorts of fascinating topics and questions.

      I will master WordPress!

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  12. Yaaay! So glad to hear you will be blogging again. I would miss your blog if you didn’t. Glad the break was refreshing and fruitful.
    —Hope

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    1. Thanks, Hope. I will be glad to be at the keyboard again.

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  13. Bob, its great to hear that you will be back, and in such a way that blogging doesn’t make your satisfying retirement unsatisfying.

    Jude

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