This is a unique post for me. It’s going to be short, and represent something new. Apologies to my newest readers, please recognize this as something unique, and don’t let it distract you from The Retirement Manifesto’s primary purpose of Helping People Achieve A Great Retirement.
I enjoy writing, and have decided (my blog, my rules?) to try something new over the next few weeks/months. I’ve got a little extra time now that I’m living in my “City Apartment” a few nights a week following the completion of our Downsizing Move. I’m testing different ways to use the time to create value, and have decided to launch a small experiment with my blog.
Introducing: The Log Blog Series
From time to time over the life of this experimental series, you will begin seeing new articles of “Supplemental Content” on The Retirement Manifesto. These will come without any commitment regarding frequency or duration. There may never be another one after this introductory post. That’s part of the experiment. Here’s my design for the experiment:
The Log Blog Series: This “experimental series” will be titled “The Log Blog Series”. There’s a reason I named it that. You’ll find out why in a future post (if I ever write one).
Rule I: Maintain The Retirement Manifesto focus: I intentionally choose quality over quantity for my primary posts, and attempt to publish at least one article per week with a strong retirement planning/finance focus. I work hard to achieve a certain quality standard, and I will maintain a flow of articles consistent with what you’ve come to expect. Nothing will change in the “normal” flow of The Retirement Manifesto material.
Rule II: Explore With The Log Blog Series: The Log Blog Series, on the other hand, will be an entirely unscripted and random experiment, and creative twist. I’ll give more background in “Log Blog 2” (if I ever publish again). You’ll never know when they’re coming, but they’ll always be tagged with a “Log Blog” tag in the title, so you can chose to engage or disregard at your preference.
Rule III: Have Fun: This experiment is for the fun and enjoyment of the author and the reader. The author will not induce stress on himself to achieve any artificial deadlines or content objectives. This is purely for the fun of trying something new. I’m thinking about potential future directions for my writing, and am using this as a small experiement to gauge response. Depending on how this goes, the Log Blog series may evolve into an e-book. Or, it may end with today’s post. Therein lies the fun.
My Ask Of You
I intend to explore a bit of a different writing style and subject focus in The Log Blog Series. I had fun brainstorming this concept last night at my City Apartment, and decided to launch The Experiment with today’s post as a result. To give you some of the ideas and potential content, here’s a quick list from my brainstorming notebook:
- Swimming Across Lake Zurich
- Expat Experiences
- Urban Mountain Biking
- I Started A Running Club
- A 43 Year Gap
- 3 Old Men In The Mountains
There’s a common theme, but you’ll never figure it out. I’ll get into that in the next post. Or, I won’t.
For now, I’d like some feedback. Whenever an article in The Log Blog Series is posted, you’ll see it in the title. If you think this is a strange venture, you can skip over those posts. The Retirement Manifesto content will continue to flow as always. If, however, you like the concept, you’re welcome to participate.
So, for starters, I have one assignment for you:
Please leave a comment below with your thoughts on the concept.
Should I proceed, or kill the experiment?