In my first few weeks of blogging I wrote solely to tell stories of our experience moving to Doha. I then shared those posts (while cringing at the grammatical errors) on my Facebook page with family and friends.
I figured that was what a blog was for, kind of like having your own web page. I also thought it killed all of those group emails that I'd sent over the years. Remember receiving an email from cousin Tom with photos of the new baby that took an hour to download? There's the baby's nose, there's the baby's mouth... I've been cousin Tom once or twice.
I'm not sure how it all pieced together, I imagine I probably googled "expat blog", but eventually I began reading other blogs and realized there was a whole lot of chatter out there on the internet. The way I wrote began to change, the stories moved from right now to last year, to last decade.
Expat Explorer posted a link the other day titled "The Rise of the Expat Mummy Blogger" - it's possible that I squealed out loud when I saw my picture pop up on the screen, but as I made my way down the list it just got better and better.
Over the past 18 months of blogging I've read/commented/spoken to a lot of the people listed. People I class as good friends, people I genuinely care about. I know that's hard to understand but through reading their blogs I've witnesses their ups and downs and frustrations with making a move abroad. Some of the women listed below are traveling spouses, some are women who fell in love while traveling and some are women who just picked up and relocated one day. We may have all arrived at our expat destination in a different format but the the font is pretty much the same.
Here's a link to Expat Explorer.
And here's the post.