Cheers Blondie is the humorous and highly enjoyable blog of Ashley, a North American citizen living in Edinburgh. We thank her for taking time to answer our questions!
What took you abroad?
I met a Scottish hunk while living in Washington, DC. He seduced me with his accent and three years later we are married and now living in Scotland!
Why a blog?
At first it was a very easy way to keep all my family and friends updated on my new adventures abroad. It was also a cathartic exercise as I was settling in and dealing with culture shock. I have a very light-hearted approach to how I write and I enjoy poking fun at the cultural differences between the states and the UK. I decided to share my blog with the public so that other expats could relate to it and for anyone else to learn about expat life and hopefully be entertained!
Have you found any difficulties in setting it up and managing it? Are you assisted by someone or did you do everything on your own?
I set up my blog on my own and run everything myself. I have asked for advice from other bloggers and have educated myself through research and webinars. I work for a creative agency, so I have some background experience and I was able to have some colleagues create a logo for me. The hardest part, honestly, is making the time! But I have always enjoyed it which is why I keep it up.
With what frequency do you publish on your blog?
At least a couple times a month, but my goal is to publish a new post every week. Day job gets in the way sometimes though 😉
Expat life is something that nobody can truly understand unless you have experienced it yourself. I think it’s important to share the good and the bad with others who can relate and not feel alone in the process.
I really enjoy writing about expat life in a fun way. There is a lot of advice out there about the move, the paperwork, etc. I like talking about the silly cultural differences, the perks of living in Europe and some of the major challenges you face once you are settled. You have to laugh sometimes to get through big changes in life and being an expat is filled with humorous situations.
I like sharing my adventures with non-expats. Whether that’s my family and friends back in the states, people interested in moving abroad or Scots themselves. There’s always a story for everyone!
Have you met people through your blog?
Yes! I have met other expats who appreciate my view on expat life and others who are thinking about becoming expats and seeking advice. And I have even had some Scots reach out who enjoy an outsider perspective on living in Scotland.
Ashley, Cheers Blondie
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