How (and Why) to Blog Your Retirement
More and more seniors are tech savvy enough to start their own blog with topics ranging from how to retire to chronicles of their retirement hobbies or useful information about a specific topic.
What is a Blog?
A blog is simply a regularly updated web site. They are often run by just one person and feature articles, reviews, musings or any kind of digital content. “To blog” is to write a blog.
There are tons of different resources to help individuals set up their own blog. If you can operate a computer and browse the web, you can probably start your own blog.
How to Get Started
Choosing your topic
Choosing your topic can be both the fun and the hard part. You might think about the audience you want to reach, what is important to you and what you are or want to be an expert.
You might just have a blog entitled all about me, or choose a specific topic on which you are an expert — or something you are passionate about:
- Gardening in New Hampshire
- My memoirs
- Everything you need to know to be a successful entrepreneur (or whatever you were when working)
- My journey to become a better golfer
- Cookbook reviews
- Travels around the world
You can choose any topic you want, just make sure your blog posts are meaningful and insightful. It would be wise to see what else you can find online on the same topic and see how you can provide some additional information in your posts. This way, you’ll ensure that your posts have greater value than anything else online.
Setting up a blog
Setting up a blog can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.
1. Start by choosing a blogging platform. WordPress, typepad and squarespace are popular options.
2. These platforms can help you set up what your blog will look like.
3. Start writing and publishing content.
You can find more detailed instructions on how to create your blog, and you don’t even need any previous experience or coding knowledge.
Honing your writing skills
Read other blog posts to see what type of writing readers respond to. Find your own writing style that people can easily go through and understand. Don’t use large walls of text, be precise and eloquent.
Promoting your blog
You will probably find that it is easy to get readers for your blog. Start by asking friends and family to subscribe and then be sure to share all of your entries on Facebook and other social media platforms. You might also want to reach out to other blogs covering topics similar to your own.
Great reasons to blog your retirement
There are so many good reasons for becoming a blogger. However, blogging in retirement may be particularly poignant:
You can share your wealth of knowledge
Blogging is all about sharing your experience, and as someone older, you may have a lot to say. This is an opportunity for you to teach your audience something new, and you will be appreciated for it.
It can be a fulfilling hobby
Blogging can be incredibly fulfilling. You can incite interesting debates, and people who agree with you will write to you to say how they appreciate what you’re doing. Basically, you can form your base of followers and have meaningful conversations with those people, which is really fun and great.
It keeps you engaged and active
Study after study show that it is important for people to have a purpose, community and intellectual stimulation. Work often provides these benefits. Blogging can help you retain that vitality — but on your own schedule and your own terms.
You can turn a profit from a successful blog
Bloggers sometimes make money from ads or by contributing content to other sites. Sure, most bloggers are not paid authors, but if you become popular, you can certainly make a profit from it. First of all, if your blogging topics are related to what someone is selling, you can easily get paid to do reviews of those products, or to feature someone’s site on your blog. Of course, you get to say your honest opinion; you don’t have to sway people to buy something that won’t be helpful.
It allows you to create a legacy
Not all blogs need to be commercial enterprises. You might want to write something just for your friends and family or an organization you are involved with. Whatever and for whomever you write, your content can live forever online.
You can create a quite meaningful online corner you can be proud of.
Blogs can often become books
Many of us dream of being a published author, but writing a book can be overwhelming.
Blogging though allows us to think about what we want to say in bite sized chunks.
The irony though is that so many bloggers end up with great books based on their blog entries.
It’s a great way to exercise the mind
Once you become a blogger, you’ll need to provide valuable sources to back up your words. This will inspire you to investigate and to update your own knowledge base, which is a great mental exercise.
You can create a community around common interests
As mentioned, you have an opportunity to create a community that shares the same interest, which gives you an opportunity to meet new interesting people and share your experiences.
You can help or teach younger generations
Lastly, you will be a mentor for those who are willing to learn, and people will love you for it.
As you can see, it is a very good and fulfilling hobby, and if you have some extra time on your hands, you can truly excel in your field. Once you retire, you will have a lot of free time to devote to blogging and you are certainly going to love it.