Friday, December 09, 2005

So, why are you here?

At our KNOTs meeting earlier this week, the group discussed who reads our KNOTs blog (if anyone), why, and the same about our own personal blogs. I know someone is reading this, because I've watched the counter rise from a few hundred to over 5,000, and I've received notes from people I've never personally met.

Got me thinking. Am I interesting? Or is it more like a car accident--you just can't help but look? Or maybe I am just so darn lame and absurd that it's fun to read--kind of like watching American Idol? I don't know--but I wanna.

So, if it's not too personal, why are you here? How did you find me (if you don't know me personally) and why do you return?

(I'll assume it's not for that absolutely devastating photo in the upper left-hand corner. Narf!)

Oh, and thanks for keeping it G-rated. :) There still are some of my students lurking out there!



At 4:22 PM, December 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why am I here? Because I love you:) & you sent me the link, and I love reading about someone else's struggles and triumphs with daily life. Also because you make me laugh on days that don't have a lot of humor in them. Those simple things, plus that you remind me so much of someone who meant a lot to me, your mother! I miss her, too! Your Cuz in Williston

At 5:47 PM, December 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just reading to keep on up family....B
Think the knots blog attracts all those fellow knitters. So many people in so many cities, small town all around US and Canada doing the same thing you gals are doing. Must be fun to get someone else's viewpoint, frustration and finished product! Aunti B

At 11:24 PM, December 09, 2005, Anonymous Nicki said...

I lived in Paris as a jeune fille au pair 2 years ago and started reading expat blogs when I missed Paris. The blogs I read are sort of like my daily newspaper.

I found you through Aussie Lass, and I liked that you were a band teacher - I studied music in college. I also enjoy reading about experiences similar to my own.

I'm returning to Paris for a visit in January and I also read the blogs to get recommendations for places to go and shop.

So thanks, and happy holidays!
Berkeley, CA

At 4:58 AM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous sadie said...

Living vicariously. I love reading expat blogs, particularly those written by peeps who currently reside in my favorite country... vive la France! Makes me feel like I'm still there. I found a link to your site from one of the other blogs I read - hope you don't mind me stopping by!

Halifax NS Canada

At 2:54 PM, December 10, 2005, Blogger Kat said...

I have lived in Paris on-and-off for the past 8 years. I love it. It's like my 2nd home. I love keeping up on ex pat blogs because I was once an ex pat :) I love reading about your experiences, your trials and tribulations because they are frighteningly similar to my own! I relate very well. I found your blog after you left a comment on petiteanglaise, which I read every day (or almost every day)

At 3:12 PM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous SAHM said...

I think it's intriguing that you live in Paris, don't you? You should. I linked up to you from Momster's website. I love your quips and quibbles on Paris... I've only traveled there twice - it's one of the most magical places in the world.

At 6:06 AM, December 11, 2005, Anonymous Renee said...

I lived in Paris for a year last year and loved it! Now I'm back in Amsterdam. I read a few blogs of foreigners living in Paris to remind me of how it was, especially when I miss it! Wish I had kept a blog when I was there although I didn't have an internet connection in my tiny appartment... and paid 4 euro an hour in the internet cafe! So there are certain small things that I don't miss!
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

At 4:01 PM, December 11, 2005, Anonymous Chelsea said...

I can't remember how I found you.. I think through someone else's blog.. but I am a Texan who is going to be studying in Grenoble this upcoming spring semester (Spring 06) and I absolutely love reading about daily life in France from an American's point of view. I have quite a few blogs I keep up with, but yours is definitely one of the most well written.
So thanks for making the internet more interesting!
Thanks again and have a great holiday

At 6:27 PM, December 11, 2005, Blogger Chelee said...

I'm not sure how I found your blog. I continue to read because I enjoy hearing about other peoples experiences in different cultures.

At 9:25 AM, December 12, 2005, Blogger Mel said...

I love this question... I always wonder how people find mine too!!
I found yours because I am great friends with your sister, Rox (well your only sister.. you should know who she is :) ). And I keep coming back because I know I would never move to a foreign country and love to hear what it is like to live there!!

At 2:50 PM, December 12, 2005, Anonymous SmgJulie said...

I read to keep up on how you are doing! And yes, you still have lots of students reading even if they don't respond. I had two or three in my class alone who mentioned they had read your website!

At 3:54 PM, December 12, 2005, Anonymous Magillicuddy said...

I think there was a link to your blog on Dispatches, though I may be wrong, but I read you blog because it's interesting to see how an American's perspective on France has changed -- or not changed -- since I first came here in 1985 ! You think getting Internet is a problem -- it took 3 weeks to get a PHONE in 1987. I've lived here permanently now since 1988, and there is so much you are NOT going through that I had to go through... granted it makes me feel way old (I'm 40, with a French hubby and 2 boys), but it's mostly funny to read !

At 4:29 PM, December 12, 2005, Blogger Miss V said...

I don't remember how I found you. I love Paris and have lived there off and on and return at least twice a year for visiting friends.

I enjoy expat blogs about daily life in Paris.

Best Wishes to You!

At 12:51 PM, December 14, 2005, Blogger MagE said...

Because you are silly...
and since you thousands of miles away... it helps keep you close to me. I can't just call you up on my way home from work anymore and gripe about the day. It helps to know what you and Dr. B are up to.

At 4:44 AM, December 17, 2005, Blogger L'Amerloque said...

Hi Mrs. B. !

Amerloque reads your blog for the same reasons as Magillicuddy, who said

... I read you blog because it's interesting to see how an American's perspective on France has changed -- or not changed -- since I first came here ...

Plus, of course, your heart is in the right place and you genuinely want to know more about France !


At 6:22 PM, March 11, 2006, Anonymous Delaware said...

I found you from a link on BonjorsParis that linked to another blog and then another and then you were in a list on somebody's-I don't remember who. I was in Paris for the first time last summer and am going back in July.
I just love reading about where you are going , and eating, and shopping and evrything!


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