August 1, 2020

I'm Still Standing


Since the first of the year, I have written about some subjects that aren't strictly retirement oriented: climate change, gun control, impeachment, and spirituality among others. For the last several months, Covid-19 has been the topic more often than not.

When I decided to expand from my "safe" zone of topics, there was an acceptance of the chance I was taking. There would be occasional topics that can provoke strong emotions. There was a real possibility that regular readers would go somewhere else to find their retirement fix.

Well, that hasn't happened. While the overall readership on a month-to-month basis is down a bit from last year, there has been no mass exodus. A few disgruntled readers have canceled subscriptions. Surprisingly, the posts on climate change, impeachment, food waste, and being on the wrong side of history had a higher-than-usual readership. My thoughts on gun control did not result in calls for my being run out of town on a rail. How my religious views have evolved were well accepted. 

So, I would judge the gamble has been worth any blowback the blog has endured. There have been very few comments that I have had to delete. Some people who have never left comments before have appeared on these pages. I have discovered some seriously scary web sites run by people whose comments never saw the light of day but have given me a glimpse into their alternative world.

The response to the variety of topics has proven that once someone retires, all they care about is their money, where to go on vacation, or how to make a house safer, is not even remotely true. Those are vital subjects for posts that have been covered in the past and will continue to make their way onto these pages.

But, we are a much more complicated group of people than that. We remain committed to interacting with the world, in all its mystery, silliness, and danger. Always searching for ways to use our talents and skills, we want to improve our lives, and of those we love. Importantly, the pandemic has shown us to be a group that cares about others and is not afraid to call out those who are working against the common good.

We have shown we are adaptable. The cruise vacation can't happen? We find another way to interact with different people and ideas. Planes are a no-go danger zone for now. Guess what? Road trips and RV rentals are excellent replacements.

Will we actively reengage with the rest of the world when it is safe to do so? Maybe. Maybe not. We may have readjusted our goals and aspirations. 

Retirement is not the time of life to retreat, close down our minds and experiences. It is not when we should decide to simply build walls and protect what is ours. 

Hopefully, Satisfying Retirement in A Changing World is one of the voices that supports the new way of retiring and living. Thank you for being part of the family.

  

34 comments:

  1. Wonderful post! No tired in retired.

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  2. Your blog is a good one. I followed it for awhile now.
    I can only imagine what goes on in person and online in this alternative world you had a glimpse at. Reminds me of most of us floating pleasantly on top of the ocean never realizing the dangers that lie below.

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    1. There are a lot of seriously damaged and misguided people out there. I have no problem with logical and reasonable disagreements or fresh ways at looking at a situation. It is always possible to learn something new. But, some of the sites I have stumbled onto are enough to make cream curdle.

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  3. I enjoy hearing the comments of others, too. Broadens my horizons,somewhat. Thank you for the blog.

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    1. Comments are probably my favorite part of blogging. Making virtual friends, having my views challenged, and knowing that someone took the time to respond to a post is gratifying.

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  4. I don't care what topics you write about, I just want to read the opinions and ideas of others in my peer age bracket. You're a good, thoughtful writer and that's what I look for in a blog. That said, I've read that readership on all blogs is down. Glad you are still standing.

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    1. Since I am not trying to make money from this blog, a dip in readership only hurts my ego a little. As long as I feel I have something to contribute to a meaningful conversation, I will be here.

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  5. As others have said, I also really enjoy the comments on each of your blog entries. Reading other peoples reactions (even if they dont align with your own views) can provide a viewpoint you wouldn't necessarily have thought of.

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    1. Too many of us (myself included) tend to spend too much time in a closed loop of thoughts and opinions that mirror what we already believe. Having contrasting views is what learning is all about. Over ten years of blogging I have shifted opinions and positions several times based on exchanges here.

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  6. Well done, Bob, keep up the good work!

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  7. Like others, I really enjoy your blog, but also the variety of comments you inspire.

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    1. I have noted this before, but the number of badly off-target or hateful comments I have to delete are minimal. I never want to have to adopt a system where all comments must be approved before publication. That lack of immediacy is harmful.

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  8. I have really enjoyed the changes/adjustments you've made. I enjoy reading about retirement but there are so many more subjects that directly impact ourselves and our loved ones.And, like others, I've enjoyed reading the comments.

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    1. Thanks, Janis. Without comments and an exchange this blog would be boring. That human interchange is what brings words alive.

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  9. I enjoy your blog. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

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  10. And thank you Bob. Your efforts to keep the blog fresh and relevant for essentially zero remuneration is appreciated.

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    1. I make enough to cover about 50% of the cost of the pictures I use on the posts! Hey, better than nothing. This is a hobby for me and hobbies cost money...at least that's what I tell myself.

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  11. I too have been enjoying your perspective during these last few months on different subjects. My blog has also seen slightly different numbers so I’m guessing that might be something that’s happening in the world today. I know I’ve had to cut back on some of the blogs I follow and/or whether I read all their posts or not. So I figure that is happening with my readers as well.

    And as far as the trolls…Yes, I have had a couple more of those lately…I’m wondering if those who have connected blogs (I know you list mine in your sidebar and I list you under “blogs I follow” on my site) so it might be possible that the trolls are just running through them all and leaving some comments. You can always tell whether have even read the article or not. And if they specifically attack portions of the article at least you can claim that you riled them up!!! Keep writing and sharing your thoughts and the right people will show up to read!

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    1. If someone leaves an inappropriate comment that actually has something to do with the post, then, yes, I may not print it, but at least the person was compelled to say something about it. The Anonymous who leaves the hateful Boomer comments, always worded the same, on multiple blogs, is the one who causes me to chuckle, as I delete it.

      Best to you, Kathy. I hope you have enjoyed your month in the cooler mountains.

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  12. Hi Bob, I’ve appreciated the broader strokes as they reflect vales based on love, respect & solidarity, a needed antidote to the hateful, fear-mongering & selfish people running the country at present. A mix of topics has been a success.

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. I am happy you like the broader topic mix. All of it is part of a retired life, so it seems to fit.

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  13. Bob, as an avid camper for 40+ years, it's easy for me to compare your blog to a delightful evening spent around a campfire with good friends. The conversation flows smoothly from one topic to another, opinions are respectfully expressed about all sorts of things, and we all enjoy catching up on what has been going on in each other's lives. The problems of the world may not be solved (despite our efforts), but it's not unusual for someone's experience with one of life's difficulties to provide help to someone else grappling with the same issue. That's really what your blog feels like to me. You begin a good conversation, and others chime in to make the discussion even more interesting. Thanks for tossing the logs on the fire, and keep up the good work! Oh, yes, and please pass the marshmallows.

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    1. Love the marshmallow reference! Thank you for a memorable description of what this blog is trying to accomplish. It is a cliche, but talking about problems instead of fighting about them is really the only productive path forward.

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  14. Keep doing what you are doing Bob. You make us think and that is a good thing especially these days!

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    1. Thinking, in small doses, is good. Thanks, Mike.

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  15. I continue to enjoy your blog, Bob. Your broadened topics have reflected real life as far as I am concerned. I very much enjoy seeing the world through the eyes of others and your blog is one way to do that.

    As part of my "monastic" covid-19 isolation experience I have tried to cultivate more compassion for others, including the chronically angry and bitter. I have become less confrontational and more curious as to how people descend into such a stressful state. Thoughtful, respectful dialog is always important, but perhaps never more important than now, given our current challenges.

    Keep up the good work.

    Rick in Oregon

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    1. Keeping lines of communication open, even if only through comments left on a blog, is important to us all. We have something to teach each other, if we can stop talking long enough to simply listen.

      Thanks, Rick.

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  16. Thanks for pointing it out .. that as a group we remain engaged with the world, we care about other people, we have strong views about the direction of the country and the world. Keep the faith!

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    1. Remember the "Power to the People slogan?" Now, it is Power to Retirees. We have the life experiences to help make a difference.

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  17. MARIA ELENA GRANADOSMon Aug 03, 01:20:00 PM MST

    Hi Bob ! I enjoy each week your comments about different topics that we as boomers have. I live in South America and what I see is that we have a lot of concerns in common. No matter where we live, life is almost the same with the same swings: sometimes up sometimes down. That`s the reason by which IT is interesting to read what people is thinking everywhere in the world. Thanks for give us the opportunity to follow your articles in these hard times.

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    1. This may be my first comment from South America! Thank you for your kind words. Human problems are really the same worldwide. If we shared more and argued less, think how much better things would be.

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