I’m retired and a full-time professional blogger. I make a couple of hundred dollars a year more than I put into this blog. I can be a full-time professional blogger because I am retired. If I wasn’t retired and getting a modest but secure income made up of social security and two pensions, I would starve and be homeless. But being retired and a blogger has it’s own particular problems.
I can eat when I want to eat and sleep when I want to sleep and after I pay all my bills for the month and as long as my fun money for the month last, I can drink at home as I lay on the sofa with two pillows under my weary head as I listen to the news or sports on the radio and watch my favorite slid show on my laptop or turn off the radio and watch movies on YouTube or on DVDs on my laptop or I can stroll into Little Italy and drink at Armand’s or Sonny’s Tavern when I want to. I’m a beer drinker.
I have no schedule or structure in my life and that’s the problem.
Even though I love blogging it’s more of a vocation than it is a job. When you have no job your life can easily lose its structure. You find you sleep when you should be awake and you are drunk when you should be sober. I live alone and I have no children. So, structure is a real dilemma. Even as a blogger I blog when I want to blog.
Last month the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette got 23, 158 views and 6,503 visitors. Last month I published only 10 blog posts. I use to think that if I blogged more often my traffic would soar. I’ve found out that if I published 20 blog posts every month I still get between 20,000 to 25,000 views and between 6,000 to 7,000 visitors every month. Putting up 20 blog posts every month is not worth the effort and the days of me blogging every day are over.
My solitary life really doesn’t give me that much to blog about. So, 10 to 15 blog posts every month is a good month for me.
Oh, well, I like being retired and I like being a blogger. The only place I feel I have to be is at Sonny’s Tavern the first Sunday night of every month for karaoke.
Hail to Pitt!
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This is Guy Hogan reporting from North Oakland in the City of Pittsburgh.