Uh. Hi. Yeah, so it’s been a while. Sorry about that.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the blog, this blog, and blogging in general. Although I haven’t been writing on here nearly as often as I’d like, I have been busy with microblogging on Tumblr and Twitter.
Why is that? Well, I’ve been fortunate to have a ton of actual paying work (LOL), and don’t have the mental acuity necessary to write the epic posts I’d like to think are the signature of this blog. But when I’m transitioning from task to task during my work day, I hop online and check out what’s going on. Microblogging allows me to post pictures, articles, quotes and videos quickly – whether for their own sake, or to remember for ideas for longer posts.
But, I miss being over here. So, I’m thinking about turning Miss Expatria into a hybrid of microblogging and macroblogging. I’m not sure what this will do for my subscribers – sometimes I can post as many as ten microposts a day, which I would imagine could become spammy for inboxes everywhere – but I’d like to hear what you think about this. Because I don’t want a month or more to go by without contributing to this amazing thing I’ve built here.
In other newsy news:
1. Some U.S. dirtbag debt collector is making my life hell. More than that, and ten times worse, is it’s making my mother’s life hell, as she is the one getting phone calls and scary-looking documents. The kicker is, I’m almost positive I paid it off – like, two years ago. Of course, all of my paperwork is in France. And I’m in Italy. Loyal reader, aunt and attorney KH is going to get this cleared up right quick, though.
I think I’m going to do an interview with someone who is an expert in this field, particularly with expats, as it’s something that can happen to the best of us. If by “best of us” I mean “people like me who really, really suck at finances even though they seem to have their act together in every other aspect of their lives.”
2. I’ve procured a ticket to TBEX 2010, being held this year in New York at the end of June. This is the second year of its existence. I distinctly remember watching it on live streaming last year, and was crushed I couldn’t be there. All of my travel writing idols and Internet friends were there. I think it’s an incredible opportunity to meet people who have the same driving passion as I do about travel.
Of course, I have no idea how I’m going to swing the exorbitant plane ticket to be there. But I am determined to make it so. (If anyone would like to sponsor me, now’s the time to speak up, yo.)
3. An old friend from back in my ad agency days contacted me with a favor to ask: Her daughter was doing a variation of a “Flat Stanley” project for school; could she send me “Shadow Mia” and maybe take some pictures of where I live? A few days letter, a large black paper cut-out the size of Mia turned up in my mailbox – and she traveled with me from Montpellier to Rome before I sent her back. To take a look at the trip, check out the quick blog I made for her.
4. Yeah, hi, I’m in Rome! And I took my cousin Kevin to eat at the Meatball Palace! And the Meatball Lady was actually sweet and lovely! And I’ve been feted by the Gay Mafia upon my grand return. All’s well. Cal and I have decided that I need to come here more often, for shorter lengths of time, for the sake of my own sanity. We’re not a 24/7 couple; but as two freelance writers living and working together, we kind of have to be. So, he goes to Madrid for long weekends to stay sane, and I take 17-hour train trips to Rome.
5. Yes, 17 hours. Four trains. There’s just no other way.
6. I had a phone date with my beloved MK over the weekend. She is a true travel addict. We sounded like two junkies looking to score, talking about all the places we’ve been together and separately, our plans for future travel together and separately, and what we could both do for a living that basically would pay us to travel and be fabulous all the time. More on this in a later post.
7. West Coast Gay Mafia Don SuperMatt recently wrote about how astounding it must be to live in a place that forces one to come in frequent contact with very, very old things. I’ve been musing about this, as I believe it does change the way someone views life. More on this in a later post.
So, that’s all for today, class. Please, let me know how you would feel about the following:
- More frequent posts
- Multiple posts per day (if I promise not to inundate you)
- Posts only tangentially related to travel
- Posts comprised solely of photos, videos or quotes, without much or any editorial from me
I’d love to hear your opinion on this. I EXPECT LOTS OF COMMENTS. Ha!