Sometimes I wonder, do expats think alike? Do we all think of similar topics at the same time, or relatively close tot he same time? Sometimes I think it is true.
Here on LiP we have a variety of writers. One of the key things we have in common is that we are all expats. Other expats have blogs too, some of which I read regularly.
Did you ever notice that topics on these expat blogs seem to run on similar topics? I have.
For example, the last couple of days… On Monday, Paul Thompson wrote about his trip to the Bureau of Immigration in Manila. Yesterday, John Miele wrote about One hour in Intramuros, which is where the Immigration office is, and it was all about his trip to the Immigration office too.
What about last week. Nearly every article on this site was about food. On Monday, Paul wrote about his trip with a friend to have a meal at Texas Joe’s. The very next day, John Miele wrote about Chicago Pizza. On Wednesday, I wrote about a Philippine food, Kalamay Hati. Thursday? Feyma wrote about Egg Noodles. Funny how topics run along similar themes.
It’s not only here on LiP either. My friend, Dave Starr, over at PhilFAQs often writes on similar, or the exact same topic that is here on LiP. I’m not saying he is copying what is on LiP, I am saying that we both come up with similar topics independently. Sometimes I find it quite amazing.
Funny thing is, none of the writers here have any clue what the other articles for the week will be. I am really the only one with that information. It all just happens by chance. But, the article topic similarity happens so often! It seems strange that it could be random, and have that happen regularly. But, it certainly does happen, I’ve seen it too often to not accept that as a fact.
I think that when it comes to life as an expat, especially given that we all live in the same country, we have similar experiences that are out of the ordinary for us. We miss similar things. We have to do certain things at the same time. For example, because the first two months of the year are when we expats are required to go check in at the Bureau of Immigration, that would mean that we are all doing that during the same time period, and thus it is the time when it is on our minds, and it sparks an article from several of us. Makes sense to me.
Did you guys ever notice this before?