Retirement. We all want to experience it someday. But what is everyone doing in their retirement anyway? What new challenges should we expect and where can we find people online talking about their personal experiences?
It can be difficult to discover retirees who are actively sharing their stories with the online community. Most of the easily-discoverable content comes from powerful financial publications that clog the airways about financial planning for retirement and how to budget your savings once you get there. Though some of that information can be helpful, there is so much more to retirement than worrying about your financial situation.
To help you out, we’ve pulled together some of the best retirement blogs that are talking about meaningful life after work. Please keep in mind that Griswold Home Care does not endorse the views of any of these writers so choose your favorite according to your liking.
Time Goes By
Time Goes By is one of the longer running retirement blogs that you can find out there. Starting in 2004, Ronni Bennett has been sharing her experiences in aging on a consistent basis and talking about “what it’s really like to get old.” Not only is Ronni telling her story, but she often incorporates current events and recent news while providing her perspective on the matter. Her posts are always an interesting read, and since she has been blogging for over a decade, you can really spend a great deal of time on her site browsing an incredible amount of retirement-based content.
Ronni’s perseverance with blogging has actually created an online community of retirement contributors that are sharing their own stories at the Elder Storytelling Place. This is a great spot to get involved if you have the sudden urge to share your own retirement experiences. The connections she has made over the years have exposed her to hundreds of other people that are blogging later in life as well. She keeps an updated list of active elder blogs that you can browse to find even more retirement content.
Kathy’s Retirement Blog
Kathy Merlino started her retirement blog back in 2012 specifically to talk about non-financial aspects of retirement. Her focus is on the emotional side and what retirement actually looks like from an insider’s perspective. Kathy believes that retirement is “more of a journey than an arrival at a life destination.”
One of the items that Kathy brings to light is the new discovery stage after one separates from his/her career. In other words, once you have the opportunity to disconnect from your everyday work, there is time to find out more about things you enjoy, but never had the opportunity to pursue. Most of all, Kathy promotes the idea to never stop learning. Other key topics on this blog include going through the retirement transition and the stages of retirement.
Things Could Be Worse
This is the newest blog on our short list, but one that has shown recent promise. Things Could Be Worse is a retirement blog by Dr. Rin Porter with a focus on “issues that affect retired or soon-to-be retired people, women, and the environment.” The blog just hit its first birthday, and over that inaugural year, Dr. Porter has been able to average about one new post per week. “Things could be worse” is an attitude that she embodies in order to keep life situations in perspective. As a retired communications professor and freelance news reporter, we can all expect the level of writing from Dr. Porter to continue to be superb on this blog.
One of the other reasons we are highlighting Dr. Porter, is because of her advocacy on starting your own blog. Her guest post on Build Your Own Blog talks about why she got started writing her retirement blog and how to go about setting one up.
Creating a blog is not as difficult as it may seem on the surface. We hope that more people reaching retirement age consider sharing their experiences with the world.
Do you have a favorite retirement blog that you’d like to share? Please leave us a comment below!