Staring the blog just over five months ago, I set out to share some transitional stories and tales of our previous expat destination research trips disguised as vacations. Completely new to blogging, I had no idea how inspiring (or uninspiring) my posts would turn out. Understanding expat blogs are not the most widely read topic, I went in hoping to attract a few friends and perhaps make some new ones. As an old guy (almost 50), none of my Facebook friends blog or even bother to read blogs so I really have no comparison to measure my success (or failure).
Although interaction remains lower than I’d hoped when it comes to comments and followers, I attribute some of that to my pathetic lack of participation on social networks. Unapologetic for neglecting to spend more time on devices and PC’s than I did at work, I am legally blind in one eye so please understand one reason I chose early retirement after my rude and unexpected dismissal from the workforce was to relax the burden placed on my healthy eye. Through it all, however, someone must enjoy my stories and getting 10,000 page views in five months is probably no great accomplishment but is rather satisfying.
Anyway, we offer another big thank you to anyone who devotes some of their time reading our stories and we hope we’ve earned your loyalty and readership for years to come. We’ve met new friends and many of you have offered help, advice or agreed to meet us once we arrive in Malaysia. With our residence on the market next week and 38 days left until my 50th birthday, the MM2H Visa application will soon be in the mail and the real adventures begin. With no clue where to start in a city we’ve never visited, it promises to be interesting and educational if nothing else. We appreciate everyone’s support !!
Next post: Our empty house gets “staged”, photographed, advertised and hopefully sold fast !! Please stick around for the next 10,000 hits.
November 30th marks exactly two months since our blog opened for business and one long year since my unexpected layoff that led to my current House Husband Status. Approaching the home stretch, we have 136 days until we file our paperwork for MM2H, the ten-year social visit pass that acts as our residency visa in Penang. Upon approval, we finally both begin early retirement in Malaysia. Simultaneously, our house goes on the market in mid March and hopefully closes escrow by May, rendering us homeless and forcing us out.
As a total newbie that knew nothing at all about blogging, HTML, CSS or anything else technical, I had no idea what kind of response I’d receive. Many of you provided support, complimented my writing style and offered help during our transition to an overseas destination we’ve never visited. Unfamiliar with the blogosphere, I’m unclear if this good or not but I just received my 4,000th page view and have managed to entice90 followers so far. I want to thank everyone for helping me along the way and especially anyone who shared, re-blogged, commented and took part in any of our posts. With a lot more to learn about blogging and entering a very scary but exciting period, your responses, follows, and advice make it a bit easier. Finally, a special thank you to those expats in Asia who have shared their email addresses with us and allowed us to build a small social network before we even arrive.
Coming in December: Parts 3 and 4 of The Galapagos Islands Series, our last Arctic holiday in Canada and an update on potential MM2H trouble that might land us in Thailand
Unmistakingly American, Joe Buck’s voice emanated rather loudly from the living room while Diane did what everyone else in the San Francisco Bay Area did last Sunday night: watched the San Francisco Giants play game six of The World Series. Alas, I was slaving away in the computer room working on The Liebster Award Post. Yeah, OK, stop laughing. Some old farts still use a computer and mouse while blogging. And early retirees only buy new devices when a faced with an emergency (like a new Apple OS rendering you as obsolete).
World Series, not Liebster trophy
Less than 30 days into my first ever attempt at blogging, I received two nominations on the same day for the (coveted?) Liebster Award. For the benefit of my blog-less email followers, the award is given by fellow bloggers to other bloggers as a recognition of excellence. Generally given to new bloggers like me, the rules state nominees can include non-newbies with less than 800 followers. The rules are here. Also designed for promotion of under-appreciated blogs, I noticed a spike in my stats so I guess it works. Thanks to Tim and Joanne of A Note from Abroad and The Tex-Pats of Adventure Pengembarafor the nod !! I’m honored and appreciative.