Living abroad is an amazing no matter what your reason is for being there. If you are studying abroad, a teaching assistant or just an expat, you should keep a blog.
Not many of you know this but when I was an auxiliar de conversación in Madrid in 2010/11 I started a blog. I was not good terrible at keeping it updated and I have since deleted that embarrassment of a blog. The point is that I regret not keeping that blog. Sure I have pictures, but what’s a picture without the story behind it being written?
Here are five reasons why I think you should have a blog.
#1 Remember the little things. You always remember the big moments but all the little moments seem to disappear over time and sometimes those little moments are more special.
#2 Keep your family and friend’s updated. Everyone back home wants to know what you are up to and it’s far easier posting on a blog than having to tell the same story ten times to family/friends over Skype.
#3 Get in contact with other bloggers in your area or similar teaching programme. You can meet other bloggers with similar interests as you or who can help you with problems. For example, for help applying for the NIE in Spain.
#4 You can inspire/help others who want to live abroad too. Your posts about the city or the programme you are with could help others decide if they really want to take the risk and move.
#5 For your own record. Last but not least, for yourself. It doesn’t matter if other people read your blog because at the end of it all you have your adventure written for your own memory.
Do you have any other reasons to add? Do you regret not having a blog when you were abroad? Comment below.
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