Yes, today’s article will look at a few things I’ve learned over the past couple of weeks, and it will also contain an announcement toward the end of the article.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been working on a new project, the thing that will be part of the announcement below. As part of this new project, it has caused me to do research by reading a lot of new blogs that I have never read before. Blogs by other expats. Not expats in the Philippines, I already read a lot of blogs written by other expats in the Philippines. No, this new project has required my reading of expat blogs from all over the world!
One of the first things I learned by reading and researching these other expat blogs is that there are a lot of expat blogs out there! I honestly never realized that there were so many! I thought that expats in the Philippines had a lot of blogs, but I learned that the number of expat blogs in the Philippines is tiny compared to some other countries around the world.
I also found that expats like to write about similar topics. Many of the things you read right here on LiP are similar to what you might read from an expat in Estonia, the Seychelles or Rwanda. Prices of stuff. The food is different. Schooling for the kids is different. So many of the topics are the same, yet some of the answers to the same questions are very different, depending on where the writer is living.
One thing that also surprised me when doing my research was that there are a lot of blogs out there written by Filipinos living in other countries. The funny thing I found regarding Filipinos blogging, though, was that they often describe their blogs as “expat blogs” but when you read the content, their blogs are rarely about life being different and such, but rather just a journal of what they are up to, not really about expat issues. On others, though, Americans, Europeans, Australians and such, when they have an “expat blog” it tends to be about issues relating to living in a country other than where they grew up and call “home.” I found that difference kind of interesting. Is it because Filipinos are so accustomed to working abroad of OFW’s or whatever the arrangement? I don’t really know why, but I do know that this is something that I encountered a lot in researching expat blogs around the world.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have learned a lot of interesting things about blogs from other expats, and the differences and similarities I see between expats in the Philippines and other parts of the world.
Why have I been reading all of these expat blogs? Well, it’s because of my new project, as I said. Let me tell you about how I decided to pursue this new project.
A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about LiP, and some of my other Internet Enterprises that I own. Most of what I own and do is focused on the Philippines in one way or another. That’s OK, because as I have said before, I love the Philippines. The Philippines is my home, and I enjoy writing about my life here. However, when it comes to Internet presence, I am very well placed. I would venture to say that almost anybody, if they are interested in moving to the Philippines, or even just visiting the Philippines, if they search the Internet for information, there is a very good chance that they will end up finding me, either here on LiP, or one of my other websites. I feel that it is just a fact that LiP has grown into one of the best Philippine Expat Sites on the Internet. I am not bragging, or trying to overstate my presence on the Internet, I believe it is just a fact. As such, it would be hard to expand my presence on the Internet by doing more things focused in on life in the Philippines.
The fact is, though, I enjoy focusing on the Expat Lifestyle. So, what should I do? I decided at the point that I was thinking that question over that I wanted to expand my reach and focus on International Expat Issues instead of just Philippine Expat Issues. No, that does not mean that I am abandoning LiP, or cutting it back. It simply means that in addition to LiP, I want to start delving into looking at Expat Issues in other countries too.
My first step toward expanding my web focus is a new site that I am launching today. It is called The Expat Telegraph. The Expat Telegraph is a site that features blogs of expats all around the world! Basically, I have scoured the net and found a lot of very good expat blogs from other countries, and if you go to The Expat Telegraph site, you will get a live feed of these hundreds of other expat blogs! You will see the latest headlines from these other expat blogs, and a short bite from their most current articles. If you click on the article title, you will be taken over to that blog and read the article there! The Expat Telegraph covers the entire world. I am featuring expat blogs from the following regions:
- North America
- South America
If you know of other expat blogs that are not currently on The Expat Telegraph site, and you think they should be, please let me know! I’d be happy to add more!
I hope that you will enjoy discovering a whole new world of Expat Blogs through The Expat Telegraph site! I know that I have discovered a number of new Blogs that I feel will be regular reads for me, and seen a lot of good information from some of these sites!
Give it a look! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment here! I am certainly interested to hear from you what you think of the new resource!