Mental Stimulation – Key to a Happy Retirement?

After retiring last fall from my office job of the past eight years, I gave a lot of thought to how best to keep my mind active and productive. I believe I mentioned that I was going to start writing again for BellaOnline – an international multi-topic online magazine owned and operated by women.

I’ve been writing for BellaOnline since mid-December, but put off sending a link to you here on my personal blog because the BellaOnline site has been undergoing a major (and unavoidable) server change and they were experiencing a lot of script errors and delays in page loading. Although it seems to be a work in progress still, most of the major bugs have been resolved at this point. You SHOULD be able to click on the link to MY site (listed below) and get to it promptly at this point.

BellaOnline’s Mission Statement reads:

BellaOnline is an encouraging, supportive publishing community for women. We provide free training, support, and promotion so writers may reach their personal and business goals. Overall, BellaOnline delivers high-quality, helpful, trustworthy content, at no cost, in a low advertisement environment for our millions of visitors.

Quote from “About Us” at “BellaOnline is not a corporation, or an entity with large funding. In a world where most content sites are owned by TV and Media conglomerates, we are fiercely independent. We are a community of women who live all around the globe. We support each other, train each other, and together we strive to offer the highest quality content we can to our visitor audience.”

The site I have once again become the editor of in this vast network of editors is the “Alaska Site” and I’m enjoying getting back into the saddle, so to speak, of writing a weekly article. I’ve already made friends with the “Canadian Culture” editor, the “Knitting” editor and several others – so many, many topics, and each one has a real person writing weekly articles!

BTW; BellaOnline is always looking for potential new editors and have a list of topics. Also, if you love to write and would like to suggest a topic that isn’t on the list, feel free to contact them. As you’ll see from a quick scan through the website, the variety of topics is nearly endless. Just a thought for my fellow bloggers to consider. 😉

It’s entirely up to me to pick what I want to write about each week; travel destinations, book reviews, flora and fauna, history … absolutely anything Alaskan. I can’t imagine running out of ideas, and the research for many of my topic ideas just add more ideas to the list.

I do plan on using my own in-state RV travel experiences as jumping off points for quite a few articles, so some of my own stories and RV related articles will be mixed in with more informative or serious articles. My recent article, “The Whittier Tunnel to Prince William Sound”, was based on last summers fun adventure – I’m hoping it will encourage other Alaskan visitors to add Whittier to their trip lists. 🙂

Here is a direct link to my Alaska site:

I hope you’ll visit, read some of my articles, and maybe even click on the “Follow Alaska” link to be added to my newsletter. Just like my personal blog, my BellaOnline site will ONLY send you one weekly email, letting you know what new article topic I’ve written about and giving you a direct link to the article.

As an example; here is a link to one of the articles I’ve written this past month:

When you visit my Alaska site, you’ll want to check for my name as author to find the close to two dozen articles I have up so far. I actually have an advantage over many new editors – since I held this same position nearly 10 years ago, I already had quite a few articles published on the site from my previous stint as editor. I’ve simply begun adding to them again.

You will notice there are still a lot of articles written by “Guest Authors”. These articles were written, for the most part, by previous Alaska editors and will remain on the site until I have sufficient articles of my own for them to slowly drop off, at which point they will remain in achieves and are searchable by search engine until such time as the previous editor request to remove them, if they do.

AND … since I’m always up for new challenges; I will challenge YOU right now to come up with an idea for a new article for me to research. I’m building a list of topics and would love to add to it. All my personal blog posts will remain here, where I can be more casual and share my personal thoughts, photos and feelings. I think it’s going to prove to be a nice balance for me. 🙂

Published by 2dachsnite

I’m a RV Sometimer (less than full time, but more than a weekend warrior) living in Alaska, with dreams of seeing the country in my RV. I am 70 years old and married, but my husband isn’t a fan of RV travel, so my journeys are mostly solo except for my navigators; dachshunds Baxter & Rhonda. I’m also a spinner of tales - and a spinner of yarn (my other passion). My spinning wheel, along with the dogs, go along on all my travels. I look forward to sharing my stories, including photos and videos, with you.

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