To blog or not to blog?

By Sheryl Smolkin


I took early retirement from my corporate job as a pension and benefits lawyer in 2005 and developed an “encore career” as a workplace journalist. Two years ago I started this blog because there were things I wanted to write about and my client projects didn’t always give me a forum to tell these stories.

However, in the fall of 2015 I got an all-consuming freelance gig, and subsequently over the next 10 months, I wrote over 80 stories for a U.S. benefits publication. Writing my own blog on top of these and other client assignments  became too much like working overtime, so I walked away from it. But what goes around, comes around and suddenly I seem to have some time on my hands again, so I’m tentatively dipping my toe back into in the blogging pond.

Over the last couple of years a lot of things have changed. My husband is fully-retired but keeps very busy making beautiful things out of wood including cutting boards, cheese boards, bowls and other exotic creations. My Mom’s health has deteriorated and although she has 24-hour caregivers, she requires a lot of support to stay in her own apartment. The loss of a dear young family member has affected all of us deeply. Truth be told, I might finally be at the stage where being retired more of the time than not is getting more attractive.

Still, I love writing and sharing my opinions so I’m giving blogging another go. That doesn’t mean I’ll be on a schedule and crank out three or four or even one blog a week. But when I have something to say, I’ll take advantage of this forum to do it. Be patient dear readers and don’t hesitate to share your ideas and your comments.






  1. Will do Sheryl. I look forward to hearing and sharing what you have to say.

  2. Do it because you enjoy it Sheryl. Good to hear from you via this post. :)

    All the best,

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