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Some Arise and 10 Things I Learned

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Andrea Holm: The following articles are ones that I have written throughout the course of the Semester in Multimedia Communications Class.

September 17, 2009          About

September 19, 2009          Spainish Initial Thoughts

September 24, 2009         Class Assignment

September 30, 2009         Does this Blog Already Exist in the Blogosphere?

October 8, 2009                 Is Anyone really Old in Spain?

October 14, 2009              I podcast, Do you Vlog?

October 15, 2009              Infographic

October 22, 2009              Is there such a thing as a professional ex-pat?

10 Things I have learned in the creation of Spainish…

1.  I learned what the heck are Widgets.

2.  I learned how to use RSS feeds.  This has always been very mysterious to me.

3.  The blogosphere is humongous… and growing.  And the more you look, the more you will find.  I learned that there are many more resources for Ex Patriots then I had imagined.  I even found one that is just for women!

4.  Blog upkeep is difficult.  Writing sufficient entries, maintaining comments, and keeping up with your network of blog-buddies is not unlike a full time job.

5.  I learned the importance of hyper-linking.  Connecting to data, research, interesting people through hyperlinks is one of several things that can make a blog such an interesting mode of communication.

6.  Edit. Edit a lot.  And double check your sources.   Mistakes in a blog immediately make it appear to be unprofessional.  The Blog Herald agrees with me.

7.  If you write it, they will come. This is even more true if you write it well.  Having something published online really does mean millions of people have access to you.  Our blog, whom we told almost nobody about, written for a class already has 292 hits.

8.  Blogs can be extremely influential.  The Huffington Post is a great example of an extremely influential blog.

9.  How to network. And that networking can really improve the hits on your personal blog.  We already have one blog-buddy on our blogroll!

10.  Once in, there is no way out. Now that I have begun blogging, and reading related blogs, and getting tweets about blog articles, I’m hooked.


Written by iamandreaholm

October 31, 2009 at 10:08 PM

Does this blog already exist in the Blogosphere?

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It seems that in this mundo de blogosphere, where there are blogs about scrapbooking, cooking, social media and sports… millions upon millions of them of every detail of every topic imaginable, there probably is already a blog out there about the exact same topic.  Maybe it is.  But that isn’t important.  Instead I have several related blogs and websites to recommend to anyone interested!

Although writing about washing machines in the kitchen and people talking loudly on their cellular phones may sound like a fun, silly topic, writing about the cultural differences you experience while living abroad can actually be a commentary on much deeper issues.  These simple anecdotes can have roots based on the history of our countries, differences in politics, and the resulting sociological outcomes.  Although we have begun the blog with very simple topics, if Gabe and I were to spend many more years here in Spain, or elsewhere in Europe, our commentary would likely begin to uproot more of these deep seeded issues.  I would like therefore, to reference Expat Abroad, a blog I ran across about another ex-pat woman living in the Middle East.  I wanted to show this blog as an example of one direction a blog like ours could take.

Other blogs have a lighter take on the life of an expat.  A good example would be Erik’s Blog– thoughts and photos from an American living in Spain.  Erik uses post titles such as “Thinking in Green”, “Zappatero’s daughters” and “Metric Money” to make comic reference to some of the cultural, and language differences he has encountered while living in Spain.


I have also discovered several websites that speak to the topic of erasmus (Europe’s version of study abroad) or studying abroad.  A good website I have found that help’s to prepare you for the difficulties you will encounter both before leaving the United Sates, and upon your arrival in a new country is in the international travel section of the U.S. Department of State website.  Here you will find advice for getting your student Visa, as well as some great deals for students and teachers while studying abroad.

The last website I would like to recommend is the British Councils website on Erasmus, which explains the concepts behind Erasmus, or studying abroad.  It has case studies, statistics, things to know before you go, and a place to apply.  On this website you can browse all kinds of things you might want to know before embarking on the erasmus (study abroad) experience.

Written by iamandreaholm

September 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM