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Why I’m Taking a Step Back from Blog and Retire


Hey everyone,

This message is to let you know that I’m taking a step back from Blog and Retire to re-focus and align my actions with my priorities in life.

We all need to make sure that what we’re doing is truly in line with our goals and priorities, and at the moment, Blog and Retire is not one of them. It is my baby, but at this point, Blog and Retire is all grown up and it’s time for my grown up baby to move out of the house.

I’ve been spreading myself thin with everything I’ve been doing in life, trying to run too many online businesses and trying to save the world, and now it’s time for me to focus on what’s really important in life. Although Blog and Retire is important to me, and all of you are important to me, I am just one person and I can only do so much, so something’s got to give.

So I am putting a halt to all my online business ventures that aren’t financially worth it. Sometimes you just have to look at the facts and figures and put your working time where the money is. But that’s not why I’m doing this. It’s actually not about the money at all. It’s about my life and spending my time on what’s truly important. So if I’m going to spend my time on business right now, it should only be on the businesses that are bringing in an income, otherwise, at this point in my life, I can’t take on anything else that isn’t being fruitful enough.

So I’m lessening the amount of work I’m doing so I can spend more time on the things that are truly important in life.

I hope you take this as an example for your own life and re-examine what you’re doing with your life and how you’re spending your time. Is what you’re doing really fruitful, or is it really just a time sucker, taking you away from what (or who) is really important in life?

I have truly enjoyed growing Blog and Retire and all I’ve learned along the way. Feel free to keep coming back to explore the archives. There’s a lot!

You can also still sign up for Blog and Retire University, which is a one year course to blogging for income. It tells you what to do, when to do it, and how to do it, step-by-step, day-by-day, 1 hour per day, 6 days per week, for 52 weeks. Plus you get a whole bunch of other goodies and resources that are only available to paid members. I have this all set up on an automated system, so you can get it any time, no matter where I am in the world. It’s just a one time fee and you’re a member forever. Click here to get access.

Blog and Retire will remain here, I’m just taking a step back. I’m not falling off the face of the planet. I’m simply realigning my priorities and the way I spend my time. I may come back again one day to keep growing this resource for all of you online business and blogging nerds out there, like me πŸ˜‰

Also, just FYI, Blog and Retire will not be accepting new advertisers or guest contributors until further notice.

As far as the time I spend on “work,” I will be continuing with my social media marketing business, helping small businesses, entrepreneurs, blogs, and startups build their brand and get more exposure, traffic, leads, and sales from Twitter and Facebook, as that has really become my expertise. So if you need help with any of that, please feel free to visit My prices have been cut in half so I can help more people who have a smaller budget.

All the best of luck to you in all your ventures, whether in business or in life!


Lisha Yost

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8 Responses to 'Why I’m Taking a Step Back from Blog and Retire'

  1. Bryan says:

    Outstanding.. Congrats on taking that step!!

  2. Warren says:

    Hi Lisha,

    Hate to see you go, but it’s good to know you’re still helping others with their online businesses. I completely agree with you about spending more time with the stuff that matters most. You can’t put a price on that. =) Best of luck!

    Keep inspiring,

    • Lisha says:

      Thanks Warren. I appreciate the support. So far, cutting back on things have really increased my quality of life. I recommend it to everyone πŸ™‚

  3. Alison says:

    I heard people can purchase followers through a site called and from what I can tell you can also purchase the same services you are recommending here on this blog ,TwonderWoman, at that Fiverr site for pennies on the dollar. I always want to stick with 100% labor from the USA. I don’t like it when people outsource or purchase followers and I just visited your Twonder Woman page and I have reason to suspect that a large majority of the followers on your TwonderWoman account have been purchased, I do not see any evidence or activity to support genuine followers.

    • Lisha says:

      Wow! Look at all those assumptions! Thanks for your question, Alison. In the future, I’d appreciate more respectful communication, rather than practically slandering me on my own blog with untrue assumptions based on your subjective observations. Wow.

      However, I published your comment, allowing it on my blog so that I can clearly answer your questions for others with a similar viewpoint to learn from.

      Twonder Woman is my twitter management business where I help small businesses and entrepreneurs grow their brand on twitter. I do tweeting, I connect with like-minded people for them, and I respond on their behalf when possible. That way business owners can avoid spending so much of their precious time on social media, but they still have their social media presence, so they have more time to focus on their actual business and doing whatever it is that they do best while still getting the exposure on social media that is oh so necessary these days.

      Let me be very clear about this: I DO NOT PURCHASE FOLLOWERS.

      Also, if someone were to order my services, they are not purchasing followers either. They are ordering a service, and it is a service that I actually have to do. It takes research, time, and work on my part. And I do a good job, especially for the price. The price is low not because it doesn’t take a lot of work, but simply because most small businesses and startups don’t have a big budget to spend on social media marketing efforts. So I provide this service at a price people can afford, even though I am not paid as much as I should be for it. I don’t go to fiverr or anywhere else to buy followers. In fact I tell people to be wary of buying followers because when you do that, most will drop off after a few months, so you will lose all those followers you paid for.

      With Twonder Woman, people order from me if they would like to grow their reach and get connected with more relevant people in their niche. And for businesses who offer a product or service, getting connected with people who would be interested in their products/services.

      Did you even look at my explanation of how I do this? I am very transparent with how I do things. There is no magic involved. Just work. It is called growth hacking. Figuring out the smartest and most efficient ways to grow your presence on social media so that you get more exposure to the people who would be interested in what you’re all about. I do this for my twonderwoman twitter account and I do this for my blogandretire twitter account. It takes time to build up that many followers who are actually interested in my stuff. I have been doing this for 3 years for blogandretire and I have been doing this for about 19 months for twonderwoman.

      There is no foul play involved whatsoever.

      Simply doing the daily action of finding the right people who would be interested, and follow them. If they’re interested they can follow back too. If not, that’s fine. Some people don’t like this strategy, and that’s fine. No one’s forcing anyone to grow their real relevant targeted followers this way. But it works, and it is real people who you get connected with. Not fake followers. It gets you connected with a lot more like-minded people much quicker than if you were to simply create a twitter account and just wait for people to happen upon you and maybe follow you. It happens at a much much much slower pace that way. So all this does is quickens the process.

      It’s called being proactive.

  4. Dolph says:

    Lisha, I completely understand your position and I wish you the best. I will be starting a e-commerce department store next year. Retirement just didn’t take yet.

    • Lisha says:

      Thanks Dolph! I’m still around, but just not posting much unless something really strikes me! And I’m convinced there’s no such thing as actual retirement in the sense of how the 1950s paints the picture. However, I do feel that at some point we are doing more of what we want to do and less of what we don’t want to do, and hopefully we’re making some money doing something we like to do, or spending very little of our time to make our money! That’s kind of my definition of retirement πŸ™‚

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