Blogging Satisfaction

It’s Friday, and although I have a lot of work planned for the weekend, this is a good time to reflect a little on the “week that was”.  It’s only been a couple weeks since I decided to re-purpose this site and move into what they commonly call the “meta blogging” field … that is, blogging about blogging.  One way to look at this decision is to shake my head and say, “right, Dave, the web really need yet another bog about blogging, not!”  Another way to look at things though is to note than when I made the switch I didn’t (yet) do the keyword and competition searches that all bloggers are well-advised to do.  I just stuck up a “catch phrase” in the title line of the blog about “seniors and retiees making money”.  Go type that into Google and see where I rank … talk about blind luck!

There are a huge number of seniors out there, many of them already in the online world and more joining day by day.  they have time on their hands, experience at a lot of things and, in a majority of cases, disposable income as well.  But by the “nature of the beast”, the ‘net is in many ways a young person’s world.  So, presto, I have a niche.

The week has been pretty good … had some good comments and interaction from fellow bloggers, got mentioned on one of the major retirement planning pages on CNN.Com and in general have had a lot of fun.  It’s more than just fun, though, or money (which really isn’t there, yet)  There’s a tremendous satisfaction in attempting to do something of value on my own.  A really big name blogger, at least in term sof both income and help values is Steve Pavlina.  Steve recentl wrote a nice post on Authenticity in Blogging and the satisfaction it brings.  I’m going to pull a few quotes.

Authenticity has become the modern currency of blogging.
Unlike traditional media sources, most bloggers aren’t beholden to any puppeteers. To some people this is a whole different kind of problem, but it’s also clearly a key strength of the new media …. When I do interviews with journalists from traditional magazines and newspapers, it isn’t uncommon for the journalist to make a side comment like, “I wish I could do what you’re doing,” or “You’re so lucky to be free to write what you want instead of having to write what magazines will buy.” I can see that many of these people are frustrated by writing for money. I suspect that a lot of the print media articles that seem like shallow fluff pieces are written by people who crave a deeper, more authentic form of self-expression, but they feel stunted from being able to write that way out of fear they won’t be able to make a living. …  Even many who are able to make a living at it are blogging primarily as an outlet for creative self-expression, for sharing ideas, and for engaging in global conversations…

Steve said it all, I think.  There’s a lot of reasons an experienced senior might want to start blogging … and, if done right, money could be part of it, but to me there seems to be a much more attractive reason.

You’ve seen me write already, and I’ll undoubtedly write more about the “mainstream” view that sees retirees as someone who have crossed the River Styx into an oblivion which will become disaster if “they didn’t save enough money”.  On the other side of the river are the “worthy” people, meaning those who have a job and who do … and write … what their bosses tell them to.

If I convey nothing else I want to awaken my fellow seniors to the fact that you are not powerless, you have not retired from life because you may have retied from a job, and you are not unable to make a difference.  That’s what it’s all about,

As always, feel free to leave a comment, write me an email at: davestarr (at) gmail (dot) com, or call me on 1-719-423-8872, or chat with me on Yahoo Messenger: davestarr(at)yahoo(dot)com.  I’ll be happy to hear about subjects you want me to cover, places you feel I have erred, real life experiences good and bad, or just to toss out ideas you may have.  There is no charge and no catch.

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