Blogging in Retirement

The world around me has changed so much.  Here I am, sitting in front of a computer, drinking my coffee, and talking to the whole universe.  I love writing and sharing my thoughts and experiences with others.Who would have thought I'd ever be "blogging, texting, downloading apps, skyping, twittering, facebooking, googling and linking even 15 years ago.

I started blogging in 2012.  My son was writing his blog as early as 2009.  He quickly found a niche in the hockey world and started making money right away.  Me, I just do it for fun. I think it took me five years to get my first check of $100 from my advertisers. The good thing about it was it was in USD, which was a bonus since I am Canadian!

Both of my children have developed their writing skills using computers.  They have both gone online to sell their wares. My son sells vintage hockey jerseys on one of his sites.  My daughter is a professional photographer in Vancouver but sells her photography on her site worldwide.

Other friends also do very interesting spiritual work and a lot of their contacts have been established online.  Check  them out at and Donna Marie Pritchard

I have friends who write books and sell them through one of the biggest publishing companies online.  Rick Antonson's newest book, Walking with Ghosts in Papua New Guinea, can be purchased at This is Rick's forth solo book.  His first three, "Full Moon over Noah's Arc," "Route 66 Still Kicks" and "To Timbuktu for a Haircut," are also available online.

Another friend, Eric Hamilton, is selling his first book through Amazon.

I hope other friends and acquaintances will let me know what they are doing online, so I can add their link to this blog.

Three years ago I attended my 50th high school reunion.  Because of the internet, one of my old colleagues built a data base to keep in touch with over 700 grads.  There were 200 plus people who showed up for our get together.   Many people had their phones with them taking pictures throughout the evening.  They texted and tweeted and gathered electronic info from old friends. People came from as far away as Toronto to reconnect on the west coast of Canada.

Blogging is one way of doing something fun in retirement!

6 Ways to Avoid Loneliness When You Retire

The biggest question to ask yourself is “What does my social life look like outside of work?  What do I do in the evenings and on the weekends?”

It amazes me how many people have isolated themselves long before they consider retirement.  Their life consists of going home from work and putting their feet up in front of the TV.  They may talk on the phone to a friend or family member a couple times a week, but their social life sucks.  Or they may have the idea they can depend on their spouse for all their entertainment after they retire.  NOT!

Go into a casino or bar any time of the day or night and observe how many older people are sitting alone, staring at a machine or a beer, not conversing with anyone.  There is often a look of dejection on their face.

So, what can you do to avoid the loneliness?
1.      Get new friends
Your work friends aren’t necessarily going to retire at the same time as you and making new friends is not easy.  You have to put some work into it and be prepared to trust.  If you go for coffee or to the library once a week, think about talking to someone else who is sitting alone.  If your city has a newcomers club, look at joining in.  Just because you aren’t a newcomer, doesn’t mean you can’t welcome new people.

4 Great Secrets to Healthy Aging

What is important to you as you age?  Do you want to exercise, take up a hobby, travel, spend time with friends, quit smoking, or just get out and do things?

Hanging out with a friend!
1. Hang out with Friends
As you age, often the people you knew for many years have drifted away or died.  Maybe your social group was mainly people at work and now that you have retired you don’t connect with them as often.

It’s really important to maintain old friendships and develop new ones as you age.  While you were still working you were probably conversing with people on a daily basis.  When you retire, you may only talk with people once or twice a week.  Sometimes that might only be the guy at the grocery store or your hairdresser.