Note: since writing this blog post less than a day ago, I 've been asked why I don't just change the direction of my writing but keep it here. While it's a possibility, the main reason is that people come here for the kind of writing they get now and that change may not resonate as well, although it's a possibility. Also, it's still blogging on a regular basis, which is something I need to see if I really want to continue. Either way, it will take me time to figure out my new direction, to say the least.
When I began this blog, it was at the end of 2007. I continued to blog sporadically through 2008, as I found my groove as they say. I was a new widow. I was working my way through what was then enforced retirement (as in the idea of not being able to get a job had never occurred to me). I worked my way through a host of emotional and yes, financial issues.
Eventually I found my way when it came to this blog and writing. I shared about my own life. I was also, I hoped, showing other people who were retiring on much less than they had hoped that in many cases, there was still a way forward. Not only that, but a joyous way forward with all kinds of opportunities, if one was open to them.
I have shared what it was like being a widowed single parent with a dependent child and then a dependent young adult when the economy sucked. I have shared about financial choices, good and bad. The worst of course, being putting all of my nest egg in an IRA at fifty something and then realizing I had to pull money out to live on long before sixty five. Heck, I paid more in taxes in the end than I actually had in life insurance.
I have written about living alone (which I loved), living with an adult child (same) and sharing a house. All of which were good. I have traveled across the country alone in a car from Dallas to Denver to California, to Montana and written about it.
Some of what I have written about has been simply my day to day life, usually from a frugal perspective. Sometimes I have written specific articles about "how I did that". Honestly, my writing has been all over the place.
If I have a regret it is that I have not emphasized the survived widow aspect. Even though there were requests, more than one, about the getting on. Especially on the getting on when we are young (I was in my early fifties and my husband was younger). If I were to write one post more, it would probably be titled, no longer a widow. To all those widows who are reading, you heard right. Grief exists, as do many things. But there was a time when people asked me about myself and I either said "My husband died in......", or "I'm a recent (or early) widow" and then continued onward. Now, I introduce myself as Barbara an talk about myself. If I get asked how I came to Colorado from Dallas from Germany, I mention my husband. But his death no longer is how identify my status. Hopefully that is helpful.
The bottom line though, is that I have felt that this blog has had no direction for awhile, other than being a daily diary of my life with some type of theme day when I think about it. I read, and enjoy, a good twenty blogs that are written along those lines. But I have learned that this type of writing is not for me-I need more specificity. I do my best writing when I am talking about the hows and whens and wheres-and the truth is that is where my readership has been the greatest. Whether I am writing a four month step by step series on downsizing and moving across the country or something else.
And while I could go back to being the frugal retiree, I've written an awful lot about that. And I think it is time for a new challenge. One, I expect that cannot be met here, or that you would necessarily enjoy. These days my passions are frugal travel (still), creativity, human rights and seniors in general.
You guys may remember that I talked about a craft blog in the past. This still calls me. As does the idea of a blog for seniors in my south metro area (a blog that would cover social opportunities, discounts and assistance available to a specific geographic area) or even a saving money in Denver blog. I'm still working on it.
Regular readers probably know I have thought on this for awhile. I've hinted at it here and there. And truthfully, in August of 17 when I lost my URL and blog and had to start over, I almost left it behind. Except that I was not willing to leave readers hanging. And I guess I felt that I still had at least something to say.
It will be hard to leave this blog behind after eleven and a half years. And I admit that I have seen others make this decision and return, which is why for now I leave this blog where it is while I stew a bit. I'm still willing to admit I might return. If I did though, this blog would be much more about a retired, frugal, single widowed gal. Who lives in Denver and talks about the place I live and the things I do here. With crafting. Which would please some readers and alienate some.
I'm willing say that I might change my mind.While I don't believe I'll do that, it's one of the options I'm considering. And if I begin that craft blog (or one on another topic), I promise to share that we my readers.
Meanwhile as I mull through the decision making process, this blog will stay as it is-if only because of all the links I have here to friends everywhere. And for now at least, I 'll be posting a few times a week on the Facebook page, as a way to let people know what I'm doing and where I am going.
I have truly loved blogging and I have made many, many friends, in real life as they say, as well as in the blogging world. But has been almost twelve years since I first made the attempt to write a blog, and writing life is (I think) moving in another way.
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