I didn’t start blogging to make money or have a retirement stream of income. Not that I think it’s a bad idea; just never occurred to me. So I was surprised to see AARP suggest blogging as a “great part-time job” for retirees.
I agree with them, but was trying to keep this gig my little secret! There are several reasons that blogging is a great part-time job for retirees (and the rest of us).
You can put as many (or few) hours into your blog as you want. I do think the more you put in, the more you get back but that’s a decision we all have to make in balancing our lives.
The article notes that many bloggers are full time plus but that’s not a requirement. Once retired, I could easily double my hours and still have plenty of golf time. I don’t golf now, but really want to learn.
Whether you’re retired or not, one of the best things about a blog is that it can managed and updated from anywhere. I’ve posted from foreign countries and many states during travels. The only thing needed is an internet connection and a computer. I travel with a netbook and find internet connections at hotels, coffee shops and airports.
The article is a little discouraging because it implies bloggers need to know about search engine keywords and how to post photos and videos. This can all be learned and that’s one of the biggest benefits of blogging.
It keeps the mind stimulated with new information and challenges. It’s a continual process as new technology and features are introduced.
Some people lose their social infrastructure when they retire. Blogging can open a whole new world of connections. There are so many people I have never met in person, but consider friends. I would not hesitate to have them over for dinner or as a house guest if they’re ever in the area.
These are a few reasons I agree that blogging is a great part time job. For everyone though, not just retirees. Do you agree it’s a good part time job? Why?
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