As if I already hadn’t enough to do, I have decided, along with ladyFi, to kick off a blog carnival. To those of you who don’t know what a blog carnival is, I can only extend my pity and a nod in the direction of wikipedia.
As mentioned, the blog carnival will be called “Strange Shores” and will be focused exclusively on expats, people who, like me, live in a country in which they weren’t raised. People who scratch their heads at things that the natives take for granted and will never, ever get rid of their terrible accent.
Note: expat = expatriate, also known as “immigrant”.
I have done my research and found no active expat blog carnival, but quite a few aborted attempts. And all of them had one thing in common: a total lack of humour.
“Strange Shores” will request—no, require—that you can look at your situation with humour and take the piss out of yourself as much as you take it out of your host country.
No cringing philosophy, no longing for the old land, no feeling sorry for yourself. Just a warm cynicism, a raised eyebrow and an ability to find the oddness in every day things.
Here’s the plan: the first edition will go out here on my blog on Sunday January 11. The carnival will then go out every 2 weeks after that, on Sunday since it’s easy to remember. The schedule and other info will be posted here:
So if you are an expat with a relevant article, or if you find one somewhere on another expat blog, just mail the link to me, or else drop a comment below.
And it’s tough to find blogs specifically written by expats, so if you follow such a blog and can recommend it, then please let me know about it!
Or, if you fancy yourself as a future host, then step right up!
And the payback for doing this? Hits and google juice, baby–as much google juice as you can drink.