A year ago this week I decided to start blogging about my retirement experience. With the help of a Royal Elf, I chose WordPress for my hosting site and within a couple of hours I was ready to launch. The biggest obstacle I encountered was what to name the blog. After searching domain names and finding every one of my choices already taken, I named it the obvious…kathysretirementblog. My first post was made on November 29, 2012. Just a photo of myself on the suspended bridge across Grandfather Mountain near Blowing Rock, North Carolina. It was titled “Swinging in the Wind”, a reference to how I felt about the transition into retired life. During this last year as I chronicled my transition in 61 additional posts, you, my readers, have given me nearly 10,000 views and, best of all, numerous comments and personal emails about how my posts inspired, provoked thought or just plain entertained.

As the site and my following has continued to grow, I have been asked to guest post on a couple of other sites. Last night I received an email from Simone at retirementandgoodliving.com saying, “I just wanted to let you know that your guest post (http://retirementandgoodliving.com/retirement-stages/) on our site has been one of the most read posts on the site since it was published.” I cannot express how gratifying it is to be writing stories that are being read and effect others lives in a positive way. You are from all walks of life, young and old, retired and not retired. Reaching such a diverse group has been another pleasant surprise.

It is with heart-felt gratitude that I thank each and every one of you from my loyal followers to those of you who check in on occasion to catch up to those of you who have only recently discovered kathysretirementblog. I hope I can continue to earn your support and inspire you to seek your own retirement dream.

With gratitude – Kathy Merlino

6 comments on “WITH GRATITUDE

  1. Congratulations, Kathy on a year !! You have done so well and I am happy to hear that others find it as interesting & fun as I do. You are quite the WRITER !!! I enjoy reading your Blog each time and look forward to more of them ! Happy Holidays to You and Martin !!


  2. Awesome to be recognized in such a way as this!! I don’t get time to read all your posts but will when I get to retire!! You write from the heart!!


  3. Kathy,
    So happy to read your post and know all is well with you. Congratulations on your writing success. I have not been brave enough to walk out on that swinging bridge across the mountains yet. Good for you. Happy Thanksgiving. Sue


  4. Kathy, congratulations on your successful blog! I am a blogging newbie, and it caught my attention that your first post was made on November 29, 2012. By coincidence, my first post was made on November 29, 2013–exactly one year behind you. By next year, if I have received 10,000 views–or even half that–and as many comments as you have received then I will consider the project to be a great success. Thanks for the inspiration.


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