Somewhere over the last 2-3 days, I hit what I would call a milestone-though if you would have asked me about this 2 years ago, I wouldn't have thought it important at the time: 25 followers of my blog, American Expat in London.
Somewhere in the world, 25 people seem to think that what I have to say is interesting/funny/stupid (insert additional adjective here...) enough to actually not only stop by & read what I write from time to time, but actually tick a little box that says, 'yeah. i want to know when she's posted something new.' Crazy.
Who are you people?!? I say that in jest-as for many of you, I've started to follow your profiles back to your own blogs and have figured that out for myself. But, I guess for you 25, me, and anyone else out there, I can't help but wonder, what is so [insert adjective here] about someone's personal blog to make you want to follow it?
As for me, I'm beginning to discover a few blogs from folks that are also American Expats in London, the UK, or elsewhere in the world. Stuck in the Toffee Pudding is my latest discovery of an American Expat blog, or vice versa as Brits living in the US with Expat Mum. And regardless of which side of the pond they've come from/gone to, I find comfort in the common pain-points of being an Expat, as well as the joys of discovering new things.
For a few other blogs, the ladies seem to cook some lovely recipes-and based on what I've tried from their blogs-can say from firsthand experience that the pictures don't lie. Thanks, Intrepid Chef-your latest post on Ice Cream Pumpkin Pie looks fantastic!
Though ironically, one of the reasons I started this blog-to easily keep my friends back in the US up to date on my life-I find that Facebook seems to have taken care of that nicely. Instead, I simply seem to be updating people who I either know here in the UK (hello Simon), long lost friends I haven't seen in years (but who discovered my blog on my Facebook profile), or any other number of people that seem to pop by from time to time. Go figure.
And, let's be honest: for most of us who have a blog & blog with any level of regularity, there is an eensie weensie kernel of hope that 'someone' will discover our blog, realize what amazing writers & story tellers we are, and offer us large sums of money to publish what we've posted about. I know there is a part of me that thinks that would be cool. It's not why I blog-and certainly not what I think about when blogging per se. But, from time to time, as I contemplate 'my blog', the thought does creep into my head.
OK. I realize I've gone a bit long winded here. But, the past month as I've been thinking about my blog, these are some of the random thoughts that have been floating around, and if for any other reason than to stay true to the reason I blog, I wanted to get it down.
Oh, and completely random...I'd like to add a new 'Weather widget' to my blog-one that isn't so big & ugly. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've looked around, but can't find anything...