August 10, 2019

Blogs You Recommend: Retirement or Otherwise


About once a year I turn to the experts, you, to help me find blogs that have slipped beneath my radar. I occasionally freshen the list of blogs I follow but am always open to suggestions about something that you find engaging and want to pass along to me.

Importantly, the blog(s) you want me to be aware of do not have to be just about retirement. If one lesson has become clear over the past nine years, it is that we are quite an eclectic group of people, with wide-ranging interests. To assume that someone who reads a retirement blog reads only retirement blogs is probably mistaken. 


So, I'd like to expand my blogroll (the list on the right side of the home page) to include well-written approaches to other subjects. No religion and no politics. 

Otherwise, almost anything is fair game: writing, reading and books, hobbies, artistic or creative thoughts, travel, relationships....anything that you find worth your time.

Of course, pointing me toward retirement blogs that I have overlooked is encouraged. I get (steal? borrow?) some of my best ideas from what others have to say about the struggles and joys of retirement living.

So, there is my request. Leave a comment that lists sites you think I'd enjoy. Don't worry about trying to type the full web address; if I have the title I will find it.



It is the middle of a very hot Phoenix summer. Your suggestions will give me every reason to stay inside, enjoying what you have found.


33 comments:

  1. I enjoy the blog TGB or Time Goes By aging is the topic. The hostess is living with Pancreatic cancer now and sharing her journey. The other on I enjoy is Retirement-Online. Interactive on lots of subjects.

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    1. Ronni on TGB doesn't pull many punches. I'd classify some of her posts as R-rated, but that is an interesting change of pace.

      Retirement-Online has lots of information on lots of topics. I wish there were fewer ads stuck in the middle of the posts, but she covers many subjects that interest me.

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  2. Bob, I like Cresting the Hill. Leanne is an excellent writer and her content, although geared toward women and ageing, will give you food for thought.

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    1. I read 5 Ways Retirement is Changing My Perception of Life, and thought the author nailed it. The posts are long enough to be informative but not so lengthy it takes too much time to read.

      I will check out Leanne's efforts on a regular basis to see if this blog makes sense for my Blogroll. Thanks, Suzanne.

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  3. I must be as blind as a bat, so to speak. I've been coming to your blog for a month or two but never saw you had a blogroll! Next time I can't sleep in the middle of the night I know where I'm going to be reading.

    I found your blog through 'Living Richly in Retirement' which I enjoy and I'm also a fan of 'Time Goes By'.

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    1. I try to freshen the blogroll once or twice year as some authors post less frequently and new ones come to my attention.

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  4. Hola, Bob. We'd humbly like to suggest ours as an addition to your blog list. We publish weekly about all sorts of things related to retirement, specifically retiring abroad. https://www.eddandcynthia.com/blog

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    1. I like the idea of reading a blog from a couple who have lived an expat life in Ecuador for many years. You can offer a different perspective.

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  5. Hi, Bob,
    I am a regular reader of Live, Laugh, RV. The authors, Ingrid and her husband Al, live most of the year in Phoenix, but also travel in their RV a good bit of the time. Ingrid is a good writer, but her photography is excellent. Here is a link: https://livelaughrv.net/. I enjoy reading your posts and look forward to the additions.

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    1. After our 4+ years with an RV, that remains I lifestyle I like to read about. Ingrid and Al have an inviting site. It might be time to place an RV site or two back in my blogroll. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  6. I am always on the look out for blogs written by retired folks, ever since I retired in 2009. It has been 10 good years, and now I will look into a few blogs commenters have suggested. By the way, I have been blogging since 2007 and consider it to be fun.

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    1. I see several blogs listed on Terra Garden that seem worth visiting. Twelve years of blogging...good for you. I'd be interested in how you have seen blogging change over the years. Podcasts and video blogs are growing in popularity, maybe at the expense of written ones?

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  7. You know most of the ones I know. But I recently found Going Gently -- https://disasterfilm.blogspot.com/ -- a blog from England that I like.

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    1. Blogs from countries where I have regular readers, like the U.K, Australia, Canada, and India might be quite interesting to add. Thanks for the idea, Tom. I am off to search beyond my own shores!

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    2. I love that blog!! I laugh out loud at his writing.

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  8. I recommend Early Retirement Now (https://earlyretirementnow.com/). Great source of information, especially the series of posts on safe withdrawal rates.

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    1. I will take a look. The financial "rules" many of us grew up following seem to be changing on a regular basis.

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  9. Hi Bob, just want to say what a splendid blog post for provoking some wonderful replies. I too am now discovering some blogs that I never knew existed. Thank you.

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    1. You are welcome! I have added your blog to the blogroll. I enjoy what you have to say.

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  10. The My Life Site blog. I am considering moving to a retirement community in the future. Lots of great articles on all aspects of the decision-making process including health care and aging in place.

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    1. Excellent. That is an important resource that many of us will need at some point.

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  11. I would be honored if you’d consider including my blog - Retired Introvert. I write about a variety of topics - life in general, projects, books, recipes. Mostly just the things I’m doing and thinking about. No worries if my blog doesn’t make the cut.

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  12. Get Rich Slowly. JD has been writing a bit longer then you in the blog circles. Part of the FIRE movement, he is younger, but always has a bit for me to think about on the finance and retirement sides of life. An added bonus? He links to articles that he is currently reading. HUGE for me.

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    1. I have read his blog from time to time. It maybe time to add a good financial blog to my list. I will certainly take a look. I had Mr. Money Mustache listed for awhile, but his language wasn't something I was comfortable promoting.

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  13. Since you opened it up in terms of topics, I'm a big fan of Vidya Sury, a blogger in India https://vidyasury.com/. The subtitle of her blog is Collecting Smiles. That says it all. She writes about a broad range of topics. My favorites are often about her travels, especially her travels in India. Her posts are always an enjoyable read, often accompanied by her lovely photos, and often expand my understanding of her culture.

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    1. Thank you. I am looking for non-U.S. blogs to add. India supplies a decent percentage of my readers, so her site would make sense.

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  14. Bob I would like to put my hand up for my own blog Victorylapretirement.com. It deals with retirement and lifestyle design and chronicles some of my own struggles encountered when I was trying to figure out this retirement thing for myself. I would also like to send you a copy of my book Victory lap Retirement which was just recently released in the US. It would be interesting to get some feedback from yo if you have the time and urge. Just send me your address at michael.drak @yahoo.ca and I will get a copy out to you.

    Mike

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    1. Thanks, Mike. I will read your blog and drop you a line when I get home from a brief vacation in a few days.

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  15. Technically not blogs but I like Brain Pickings by Maria Poplova https://www.brainpickings.org- a newsletter vs blog but still good stuff.

    Also "The Writers Almanac" a daily email with a poem and authors of the day information. twa@garrisonkeillor.com

    Another source of interesting news is "Pocket" https://getpocket.com/

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