Expat Earth is one month old. Yay! It’s been a month of blogging for the big public now as opposed to “just” blogging for family and friends. Wherever we’ve been in our expat experience during the past 5 or so years, we’ve been having our private expat blog, just for close friends and relatives to let them know what we were up to.
The online needs of an expat family
As an expat family, blogging is a perfect tool to keep in touch with friends and even get new ones, sharing your own experiences and hearing other views on similar issues. Sure, these days Facebook and Skype may fill some of the need for maintaining long distance relationships. But you can only write so much (or rather, you can’t) in a Facebook update, and on Skype you only reach one person at a time. Having your own expat blog is a great way to keep everyone updated and not least discussing the topics in your expat life.
But back to Expat Earth, our “official” expat blog…
It’s been a month now, and we’re just thrilled by the positive response we’ve received from other expats all over the world. We’ve tried to stick to posting at least once a week, while at the same time learning the ropes of building a blog. It’s not always easy to find the time, as everybody with a family can testify. And for an expat family there are always extra little things that take your time. But at the same time, that’s what is motivating us – being an expat family, living this way. We’ve got a unique vantage point and we want to share our experience with – and learn from – others who’re living similar experiences. That way we all learn and grow. As individuals and as a community – a community that may eventually grow into an Expat Earth.
Do you have your own expat blog, and do you find it a good way to stay in touch? What do you expect to get out of reading other people’s blogs (like this one)?