When I started blogging, it was when I went off to college and mainly for my family. I wasn’t a very good blogger – I think the blog ended in its first semester. I got sporadic emails from my parents and other relatives urging me to blog, but honestly, I couldn’t be bothered. I was too busy causing mayhem in the dorms. Duh.
I started again when I went to Spain. I don’t even remember anything about this blog. It must have been bad. I wasn’t into it and didn’t think my life was “interesting enough” to blog about. I must not have understood blogging because I now think of interesting in a very different light.
My last blogging attempt finally “stuck,” if you will.
Although the header of my blog is outdated (An American Girl in Spain), I still blog. I still feel like people care and I, in turn, care about them. This is why I’d recommend it to anyone.
I also recommend snow angels.
Benefits of blogging:
- “Meeting” and actually meeting other bloggers – Seriously, a lot of bloggers are really damn cool. Plus, they share your experience and, in small town, Indiana that’s not likely. Blogging can introduce you to some really cool people.
- “Meeting” other non-bloggers – I often get emails from people who are considering a move to Spain or starting a blog or dating a Spaniard or learning a new language. I love this! Please, please, please email me because I love hearing from you.
- Learning new things – If not for certain bloggers, I would never have known about certain travel web sites, the availability of oatmeal in Spain, or how to empadronarme. Thanks.
- Not feeling alone – It’s easy to think you’re the only one who has ever struggled with a certain issue (a bilingual relationship, distance, bureaucracy, etc.), but it’s not true. I now know so many people that have undergone the same things as I have.
- Entertainment factor – It’s fun to read new expats’ blogs and realize, hey, I’ve been there! And I can help! Also, pretty pictures. Who doesn’t like those?
What about you? Why do or don’t you blog?