Why Do Most Blogs Fail? – ELENA PETERS | MIDLIFE BLOGGER
— Read on elenaopeters.com/2020/10/18/reasons-blogs-fail/amp/
Why Do Most Blogs Fail? – ELENA PETERS | MIDLIFE BLOGGER
Why Do Most Blogs Fail? – ELENA PETERS | MIDLIFE BLOGGER
— Read on elenaopeters.com/2020/10/18/reasons-blogs-fail/amp/
I was curious to put my experiences on social media down on paper as another blogger asked me about posting blogs to different platforms. I have also reflected on the pros and cons of the social media platforms I use.
Most of my friends are on Facebook so it is my core friend platform. I have followers on other platforms that are strangers to me. Not many of my friends use the other social media platforms apart from Facebook. I have the impression my WordPress blog is mainly viewed by my followers on WordPress or WordPress Reader.
In the diagram below I show the distribution of friends and followers among social media sites. The arrows show where I post my WordPress blog. WordPress does not automatically post to a Facebook Page so I selectively post to my facebook page depending on the topic. I stopped the automatic posting to Linkedin as I did not see many Linkedin readers were picking up the WordPress link. I have posted to Facebook Hornby Island occasionally and this generates a lot of viewers when the topic is pertinent. This group is like a Twitter feed and I have blogged about this. My WordPress blog post is automatically posted to my Twitter feed but I have the impression no one on Twitter reads the link.
I went on to compare the strengths and weaknesses of the social media I use and have to confess I am a twitterholic.
|Facebook Group Hornby Island||
|Linked in||Business contacts in theory||Very little communication|
This study explores internet use by seniors in Canada and mirrors my experience. Seniors uptake of social media increased with the onset of COVID-19. This might be considered a positive spinoff. Tech Use by Older Canadians for Health, Wellness and Independence in the Time of COVID-19. oatechsurvey-sep2020-final-1.pdf
In lieu of watching the presidential debates I watched a documentary on Netflix about the effects of use of the internet on society called The Social Dilemma. Ex-employees of major social media companies are interviewed and they raise alarms about intense use of social media. A revealing look behind the scenes.
On The Heritage Trail: Colombia Part 1
Re-blog where Lisa takes us on a tour of Columbia. So far this is my 5th virtual tour this year.
Ok so it took me all morning to write this. So that is one of the things I am doing in retirement but I am trying to stay away from the computer as much as possible. The weather has been so cold and rainy this spring in Vancouver I regret not going to Costa Rica where my brother has been spending the winter. I kept thinking it would warm up soon and it did not. I had a two week March break from my teaching gig and so I tried to make the most of it with some local mini adventures. For me an adventure often involves meeting new people. So, I have met quite a few interesting new people over the past week. The first group of people I met were at the Meet-Up Group for Women 55+. There are four of these groups in Vancouver who meet at different locations. I was delighted to meet a retired Richmond school French teacher who was originally from Quebec City so we had several points on intersection as I learned French as a child, am now teaching English as a second language and I also lived in Montreal. Another woman I met was a retired surgeon. When there was a pause in the conversation, I threw out the question “ are all very well established women in Vancouver who have lived and worked here for many years.. why are we all now having to seek out friends through a Meetup Group?” Well that launched a lively conversation. Some of the comments were around the lack of time to socialize when working.
The second francophone I met this week was at one of the French language Meetups and she was from Oromocto New Brunswick. Since I grew up in Saint John we had a lot in common and we had both worked in Ottawa. I talked to here about my conflict between wanting to work at my teaching gig and go south to Costa Rica or Mexico. She remined me that I have a sense of adventure that I have not been tapping into that staffing of the teaching job is not my responsibility! I felt so inspired after talking to her. I also had long interesting chats in the French language Meetup with a young man from Spain who kept try to switch me to speaking Spanish and an older man who told me about his experience work in one of the “stans” in Central Asia. I began to wonder if my tribe is the Francophone tribe in Vancouver.
The third Meetup I did was the Sketching Group who met at the Vancouver Art Gallery. I once again encountered another charming person, this time a young lady from Vancouver who is living in Halifax. She was in town to complete her book of sketches of Vancouver which is a follow up to her book of sketches of Halifax. We chatted at length on the culture of Vancouver vs Halifax. Then we set to work to do some sketching around the Gallery.
Then yesterday I went to a move at the Vancouver International Film Festival Theater which I think is the new “go to” place for seniors in Vancouver. The gentleman who plonked himself down beside me was very well informed about the arts and fashion community as I discovered at the end of the movie about a Belgian fashion designer Dires. I also went to another movie at the Film Festival this week called “C’est La vie” which is the funniest movie I have seen ages.
The only downside to the week was a yoga class I went to that was Level 2. I hadn’t read the fine print in the class description. $ 14 for the class and $ 5.00 for parking made this an expensive mistake. I managed a few walks but am still wearing my down parka and toque and I see many others dressed the same way. So I will add a few photos of my walks around Vancouver. The cherry trees are starting to blossom, but my cherry tree pics are from last year.
The abundance of information on the internet can feel overwhelming at times. There is a tendency to spend a lot of time surfing the net and/or downloading files, editing files etc. once you are on-line As a result people can shut down from going online or else feel that it is too complex to use, especially if they have not gotten used to it over the years. This may be true for some older people but many older people are very computer savvy. I have one friend who is 68 and is a guru with Garage Band, a program that generates music scores on a computer screen and generates print outs of scores in different keys for different instruments.
I just love my Ipad. I have the Ipad mini which severed me well in my trip to Mexico. There are now Ipads that are cellular enabled so you don’t need to take an Iphone with you. However that is just wishfully thinking as the phone is easier to carry around. The new Ipad pro comes with a stylus for drawing programs which in on my wish list.
I can only speak about my iphones which I have been using since the Iphone4. I will list the useful apps I have on my phone and I pad and what they do. I especially like the transit apps for Translink in Vancouver and Google Maps.
Here is the highest rated phone on Amazon.
|function||name of app||ipad||iphone||purpose||frequency of use|
|3 = daily, 2 = weekly, 1 < weekly|
|entertainment||scrabble||x||x||play on line||3|
|entertainment||CBC radio||x||listen on line||1|
|entertainment||x||x||read on line||3|
|entertainment||Facetime||x||x||talk on line||1|
|entertainment||skype||x||x||talk on line||1|
|entertainment||Vancouver Public Library||x||read on line||1|
|entertainment||overdrive||x||download from library, read on line||3|
|entertainment||brainHQ||x||play on line||2|
|entertainment||clarient tuner||x||x||play on line||1|
|entertainment||optik TV||x||TV guide telus||3|
|entertainment||x||x||read on line||3|
|finances||Inverstorline BMO||x||x||read on line||1|
|finances||Vectorvest stock advisory (paid)||x||x||read on line||1|
|health||my ehealth||x||x||view lab tests on line||1|
|travel||pay by phone||x||pay on line||2|
|travel||BMO account access||x||x||read on line||2|
|travel||Hangtag||x||read on line||1|
|travel||airline apps||x||x||pay on line||1|
|travel||google maps||x||x||way finding||2|
|utilities||x||x||read on line||3|
|utilities||drop box||x||x||save files||1|
|utilities||daily notes||x||x||keeps notes||1|
|utilities||flashlight||x||view things in the dark||1|
|utilities||magnifier 30x||x||enlarge print||1|
|utilities||google drive||x||x||safe files||1|
|utilities||wordpress||x||x||post to blog||1|
The chief value of the ipod that I can listen to music, the radio or pod casts and the battery doesn’t run down as fast as the battery in the iphone so you can listed for a couple of hours.
|Set up your account. personal site created by you, open to viewing by your friends by adding them. You can upload pictures or links to other sites.||5/5 Good way to stay connected with friends and family or special interest groups. Easy to use.|
| Set up your account.
Brief news feeds from selected organizations or individuals.
|3/5. Kind of a time waster but fascinating none-the-less. Nothing required of you unless you want to retweet a feed to your followers. Easy to use.|
|Download to Iphone to post pictures. Need to set up an account||1/5 It seems popular with younger people. It could work as a photo album. You can share with selected people.|
|Skype||Download the program to computer, tables or phone. You can talk over the internet with a webcam and it is free to chat with people everywhere for free or minimal cost.||4/5 Very useful for staying in touch with friends and family.|
|Facetime||Like Skype but for MACs and IPads and Ipods||5/5 Easier to use than Skype.|
|A web site with a lot of eye candy, especially food, fashion and pets. You can post and view others posts.||1/5 Popular with a certain demographic but not very useful. The recipe pictures are several clicks away from the recipes. Very annoying|
|YouTube||view short videos about many things, including music, how to videos including many videos about computer instructions. You can save videos if you set up and account.||3/5 Entertainment, some self help. I don’t use this more than once a week.|
If you want to have music or the spoken word while you walk or run, you will want to download files from your computer and/or from Itunes and upload it to your phone or ipod. You need your Apple ID and password to download. You can also download audio books and podcasts. The Itunes app will need to be installed on your computer and Iphone and and is free to use. However downloading music from Itunes costs about $ 1.00 per tune downloaded. You have to set up an Itunes account if you want to buy files to download. Itunes used to be easy to use but over the past couple of years it seems to be less user friendly. Apple is moving to a paid music subscription service call Spotify which is $10.00 a month so you can download as much music as you want. Once you download files to your computer into the Itunes program, the music will synch with your iphone and ipod by plugging the iphone or ipod into the computer USB port. You can also synch files on your computer via wifi or download files to your iphone directly from the Itunes app on your iphone.
There are many packages for uploading photos and some are more complex than others. The easiest way is to install Icloud on your PC and IPhone. This takes about 5 minutes. You need your Apple ID and password to download the software from the Apple Store. Once it is set up on your PC you can choose what kind of files you want synched across your devices. Having you email and bookmarks synched on all your devices is a must have. I give Icloud a 4/5 but sometimes it stops working and you have to sign out and sign in again or restart or computer.
My favourite software for saving passwords is RoboForm. I have used it for over 5 years and it is free. It saves all your passwords on your PC, your IPhone and Ipad and synchs them all. It is quick and easy to install. When you log into a site it presents you with the option to automatically save the password if it has not been previously saved. And if the password has been saved you click on the name of the password and it will automatically fill in the password. The whole system can be password protected. This software gets a 5/5 from me.
I have found that backpacks often slip off my shoulders and I have found a solution to this problem. There are two parts to the solution. One is a clip that attaches to the front strap of your backpack and the other is this handy bungee cord like device that clips on to the other strap. The bungee cord is adjustable to the width of your straps.
This is what is looks like on my backpack. I have added a second miniclip but it is not necessary.
There are several sites that list seniors discounts in Vancouver. It’s a bit cumbersome to sort through them all but here they are in the order of the number of places listed.
CARP. CARP offers many discounts to members, including 25% off some car rentals and numerous hotel discounts in Canada. One year membership is $ 20.00. They also have a list of discounts across Canada open to non-CARP members.
This is my favourite line of skin care products. As I get older I find my skin is drying out. CeraVe Moisturizers, Moisturizing Cream. This product contains hyaluronic acid which is used in some of injection fillers. I would say that the research on this product is still in progress but I found one study that showed improvement in the appearance of skin over 3 months. I just find that it makes my skin feel better.
This is a link to my favourite backpacks Beside-U They come with multiple inside pockets so you can find pens, bus passes, glasses, iPhones etc. quickly. Be careful to check the size as there are some packs that are too small for groceries but are a good substitute for a purse. The Nanette is on my wish list as it is big enough for a few groceries and has side pockets for an umbrella, gloves, sun glasses etc. Here is my comparison of some of the Beside-U backpacks that I think are big enough for a few groceries. Although they are expensive, shipping is Free.
|link||Side pockets||Size Lx H x D||Cost|
|Alloy||2||28 x 40 x 14||$135|
|Nanette||2||26 x 38 x 15||$135|
|Hornchurch||1 open, 1 zip||29 x 38 x 14||$125|
|Liza||2||29.5 x 37.5 x 14||$135|
|Mya||1||29 x 35 x 13||$150|
Below are the Walking Poles with the best customer reviews from Amazon that ship to Canada. These three models are collapsible and carbon fiber and range from $ 53.00-$ 60.00 US plus about $30.00 shipping and duty if shipping to Canada for about a bill of $80-90 US.
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Ok lets start by reading about it.
Here is a list of books recommended by another blogger Pat Doyle. You can click on the link to open the link in Amazon.com or other sites where I found the book.
Designing Your Life.by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans., 4 star. Based on the Design Thinking approach but geared more towards finding your right career. It can be reapplied to retirement life as it’s actually very similar to how I approached new life design in retirement, being a product designer myself! I also liked this book as did the Retirement Wisdom reviewers. When the book finally arrived after about a month I found I liked it the best of all the books I read. ♥♥♥♥♥
Don’t Retire, Rewire! by Jeri Sedlar and Rick Miners. ♥♥♥♥♥ A “how-to” on defining satisfaction drivers , separating skills and strengths (with examples), examples of others “accomplishments”, and a how-to guide for working through what in your work life was satisfied by your drivers and how to brainstorm possibilities. Introduces interesting concept of 4 types of work: work for a wage, work for a fee, work for free, work for me. I also liked this book. I liked the categories of what you get out of work and how you can replicate the same “hierarchy of needs” outside of the work environment. However I would add a Fun Factor to their list. Right, many people don’t have fun at work so there are some value adds to retirement that you don’t get out of work.
The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun This is my personal favourite although it’s not about retirement specifically. The website has five 21 day projects that can take you over the hump while you are figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life.♥♥♥♥♥
The Joy of Retirement by David C. Borchard. 5 star – Lots of how-to for defining who you want to be in retirement and the lifestyle that will help you be that person. Big sections on roles, talents, and values in defining your vision statement. Love the fact he does not assume where you will be on the continuum of working versus traditional leisure-based retirement. Combines easy to use tools as well as insightful examples of practical next steps. Pat says she wishes she had read it sooner in her journey. Borchard also offers his assessments on-line for $ 35 US. I think the tests are included in the books so it would be cheaper to buy the book. I tired the tests and found they were targeted at career planning more than retirement planning. According to the tests my Passion Distribution is Right Brain Creator and Left Brain Organizer which explains why I am doing a blog. I didn’t find the book or the tests as helpful as some of the books below.♥♥♥♥♥
I ran out of interest in reading about retirement after 3 books so the remaining books are as reviewed by Pat.
How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free. by Ernie J Zelinski . 5 star – An easy-to-read conversational style. Introduces the possibilities “get a life tree”; real people case studies (as opposed to all professional, CEO types), focus on “leisure” (not work) so unique in that!♥♥♥♥♥
65 Things to Do When You Retire is in fact 65 interesting essays about retirement from all kinds of people, on all kinds of topics, many very inspiring. edited by Mark Evans Chimsky. ♥♥♥♥
What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement, Second Edition: Planning a Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy Future. Some stuff on finances, but lots on health and happiness. Great background on core values, theory and application of happiness (positive psychology), and practical how-to especially on self reflection and life portfolio. ♥♥♥♥
Now What? Know who you are , Get what you want. By Laura Berman Fortgang. Easy style, how-to-process! Focus is on second career or what did you always want to do so you will be happy, but process can be reapplied to new retirement life situation (or even divorce) Lots of exercises done as answering questions, but good, insightful questions versus generic “how do you feel about this?”♥♥♥♥
Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide by Caroline Adams Miller and Dr Michael Frisch – helpful in creating your “life list” beyond traditional bucket lists with “things to accomplish” or “ways to live” thinking.♥♥♥♥
Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement by Nancy Collamer. An in-depth look at part-time income stream possibilities with lots of resource connections (to get more information). Great for possibilities exploration. Second half on self-reflection not as good as other books, but there.♥♥♥♥
The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Creating an Amazing New Life Together by Roberta K. Taylor and Dorian Mintzer. 3 star but is unique in that it talks about transitioning as a duo in life. Covers all the big domains.♥♥♥
Here is another highly recommended book by Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz Refire! Don’t Retire: Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life reviewed by the website Retirement Wisdom. Blanchard is a well known best selling author on many management topics. I have booked a download from the Vancouver Public Library e-books. The Retirement Wisdom website also has a list of recommended retirement books.
Like many other retirees, I thought volunteering was going to be an opportunity for personal development and social connections after I stopped working. I found that not to be the case. So here is my check list to assess volunteer opportunities that may fit your wish list. The scores can be changed depending on what you are looking for. I higher score is a more intense volunteer experience, a lower score, one that will take less time and resources. You can download the Excel file here so you can score the form easily. volunteer screen.
|Recruitment and training|
|1||How long is the volunteer candidate screening process?||1 month||2 months||3 or > 3 months||score|
|2||Will a criminal record check be required?||yes||no|
|3||Will training be required||yes||no|
|4||how long is the training?||1 day or more||4-8 hours||1-4 hours|
|5||Can you walk there from home?||no||yes|
|6||Is parking available?||no||yes|
|7||How available is parking ?||never||sometimes||always|
|8||What does parking cost?||<$5 per shift||> $ 5 per shift||free|
|9||Is parking reimbursed?||no||yes|
|10||How long does it take to get there from the time you leave home?||< 1 hour||30-60 min||< 30 min|
|11||Is it on public transit?||no||yes|
|12||Personal safety in location||scary||Normal||secure|
|13||How long is a shift?||8 hours||4-8 hours||< 4 hours|
|14||How many shifts a week are required||5 or more||2-4||1|
|15||How long is the volunteer commitment?||More than one month||Less than one month||One time only|
|16||What about if you want to take some time off?||They can’t accommodate||can accommodate with notice||no problem|
|17||Can you take the winter season off to be a snow bird||no||yes|
|Nature of the work/job|
|19||What are the demographics the volunteers?||Students||Job seekers||Seniors|
|20||What kind of clients?||Vulnerable/ fragile/non English speaking||normal||Low maintenance/easy|
|21||What is the boredom meter (repetitive tasks with zero mental challenge)||high||medium||low|
|24||New skills or knowledge acquired?||none||some||lots|
|26||Physical energy required||A lot||some||none|
|27||Speed required||A lot||some||none|
|28||Patience required||A lot||some||none|
|29||Stamina required||A lot||some||none|
|30||Computer skills required||A lot||some||none|
|31||Memory required||A lot||some||none|