None of them worth a blog post in themselves
Had a bunch of things kicking around the blog ideas list, but none of them were really worth their own post, so here they all are. At once. Exciting!
1. The Not-so-new Forum
The new Forum is really taking off now, and it's turning into a great place to ask questions and get advice. We have over 100 members and there are almost 500 posts on the site. However, anything like that works better the more people participate, so if you haven't checked it out yet please do so! And if you do use it please encourage others to do so as well.
2. Republishing Old Blog Posts on Steemit
Elliot mentioned Steemit in a comment last month, and I wasn't particularly interested at first. Luckily he was kind enough to explain it to me and I opened an account there.
Basically Steemit is a blogging platform/SNS built on blockchain/cryptocurrency. It's quite interesting if you are into that kind of thing, but it's also an easy place to post content.
I've been going through the old posts on RetireJapan and reposting the ones that are still relevant, making small edits, etc. It's been fun, and there is a lot of good stuff in there.
We're only up to September 2015 so far (I am posting one or two posts per day) so it's a good chance to start at the beginning and read through the RetireJapan archives.
Have a look at steemit.com/@retirejapan and if you have a Steemit account, upvote some posts :)
I've had a Patreon account for a few years now. I use it to support web comic artists I like, as well as bloggers (was supporting Wait But Why for a while, but they don't really post anymore so I stopped).
After I wrote about running RetireJapan, a few people suggested setting up a Patreon account for the site, so I have. You can see it here: patreon.com/retirejapan
If you really want to, it would be great if you could support the site, but there is no need to. I will carry on writing regardless :)
4. Guest Posts and Reader Profiles
I would love to run more guest posts (only genuine content from people in Japan of interest to people in Japan -you would not believe the amount of spam guest post 'offers' we get) and reader profiles on the site. If you have something you'd like to write about, or would be willing to be interviewed for a profile let us know!
5. Online Course
I am hoping to be able to announce the first RetireJapan online course next week. Just waiting on permission from my main employer. The course will be four 90-minute sessions plus homework in January, and should be a great way to think about your finances if you are not quite sure where to start.
It's also a chance for people who haven't been able to come to a live RetireJapan event to get a chance to have an interactive group experience. Stay tuned!
6. RetireJapan Guide to NISA
The next RetireJapan Guide is still due out on November 30th. You can pre-order it here for the special launch price of 1,000 yen: The RetireJapan Guide to NISA. At the same time, the price for The RetireJapan Guide to iDeCo will go up to 2,000 yen, so if you were thinking of getting a copy or have friends that might be interested make sure you purchase by November 29th.
7. The Facebook Page
RetireJapan has a Facebook page, and the main benefit of liking and following it is that I post a lot of links there. If I come across an interesting blog post or article I will normally stick it on Facebook. If you are interested in that kind of thing, click on Follow on the page, and select 'see first'. That means you'll actually see the posts :)
If you would like the occasional link roundup on the blog itself rather than on Facebook, please let us know in the comments. Any other suggestions also most welcome!