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By Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My blog's been pretty quiet this week. I updated the look and layout and I'm pretty happy with the results, considering I have no design experience. I'm still not sold on the conventional wisdom that I need twitter and Facebook accounts to be a successful blogger. Maybe when I'm a little more established, but not yet?

And I joined the Better Blogger Network, but so far I'm not really sure how to use it. Nearly all the update I get are either people announcing a new post with little context or begging for followers by promising to follow back in return. Not a whole lot of advice or actual networking. Maybe I'm doing it wrong?

I've also realized that despite what pro bloggers may say about 'finding your niche' and sticking to it, most of my favorite bloggers write about a myriad of things that they care about, or what's going on in their lives. I started this blog in part to have a record of my time living in Europe for me to look back on, a travel journal or at the very least a back up of my favorite photos in case I have multiple hard drive failure.

I've felt recently that I need a steady stream of travel posts rather than talking about things that are important in my life right now, like that big conference I'm speaking at tomorrow that's been looming over me all week. (Seriously, we expect about 200 people to be there. Apparently yesterday someone complained that discussions should be in French, Italian and Greek rather than English, for aesthetic rather than practical reasons.) Or the run around the German Tax authorities are giving us when it comes to correcting our tax class. And I've been feeling a little burned out having to post in chronological order, where things I'm excited about now have to be postponed until I finish writing about my last trip. But I'm the only one holding myself to that rule, I'm the only one getting in my way.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is that after some thought I've realized I should rededicate blog to being a space where I can write what I want to, rather than what I perceive some imaginary audience wants to hear. For example, I have a lot of memories from past trips that I somehow convinced my self were too long ago to be worth posting about.... As if after a few months was ancient history. I don't have the time or money to travel some where new every month, and to be honest, sometimes life as an expat is eventful enough.

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