You’ve done it! You made the life transition and became an expat in a new country. Even if you’ve relocated for your career, you will not have a shortage on new, exciting experiences- especially during your first year. In hopes of creating a digital diary to reflect on the way you view each new experience you might have considered starting an expat blog. While an expat blog is a great way to document and share each new experiences through your eyes- you will want to take into consideration the following before you do:
- Do you have the time? If you’re finding it hard to find time to even get the blog set up, chances are you might not have time to keep it updated either.
- Is privacy an issue? Although many blogs allow you to choose certain settings that require individuals to be approved before viewing your blog, keep in mind that once something is in cyber space, it’s there forever. You will want to consider if you feel comfortable with the idea that individuals you might not know have access to your blog as well. While this thought is exciting for many, if you prefer to keep it limited to friends and family, creating an email list and updating everyone frequently through email might be a better option for you.
- Can you write? If writing isn’t a strength of yours, don’t automatically dismiss the idea of a blog. There are other ways that you can keep a blog and an interested audience. Keep in mind that as humans we are very visual creatures. If you aren’t sure that you will have the time or ability to keep a blog that requires you write a lot, start with a photo blog. This will help ease you into creating a blog that shares your journey.
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