The blogosphere can be precarious territory, making it a challenge to carve out your own personality and voice. With so many great blogs out there it is easy to feel overwhelmed (been there, done that) and to compare yourself with more successful blogs. Blogosphere Magazine is here to help you out with that though, as it is a magazine for bloggers about bloggers. Whatever your interest might be - beauty, fashion, food, lifestyle, photography or travel - Blogosphere covers it in detail, introducing their readers to already established blogs/vlogs as well as up-and-coming blogs/vlogs. The magazine first came to my attention via my friend The Accidental Londoner who kindly sent me Issue 2, featuring Liberty London Girl.
Therefore it only seemed natural to reach out to the Blogosophere editing team when I had a pitch idea about how to use social media as an expat in Paris. Having recently made some big decisions about my blog, and the kind of writing projects I want to be involved in, I felt most comfortable pitching what I have experienced first-hand for some years, to add a more personal touch. Blogosphere liked my idea, so I then had to provide them with 1000 words on expat blogging - this may sound like a scary number, but I discovered that I have enough material to write a book on the subject: so this was a great exercise in learning how to summarise my Paris social media experience.
One thing that really matters to me is authenticity and I hope this comes through clearly in my writing. Yes, I live in Paris which is a beautiful city rich in culture, history and gorgeous buildings. There is easy access to macarons and croissants. I often get together with friends after work for wine and cheese. I live in a city that feeds a lot of people's fantasies and looks great on Instagram. This is where I am now, but that was not the case six years ago. The reality of moving abroad, even to a city as beautiful as Paris, presents various challenges which you have to face head on, in order to find your identity in a foreign city. Social media is something new and exciting that you can use to your advantage, so in my Blogosphere feature I talk about my personal experience of finding myself abroad as an expat, whilst offering some useful pointers for using social media to form new connections. A huge thanks goes to sweetie pie Meg who shot the beautiful photos for me.
I love the diversity of Blogosphere magazine. There are so many talented bloggers and photographers that I have discovered through the magazine. I encourage you to check it out, whether you're thinking of starting a blog or are already fully immersed in the world of blogging! You can find the current issue and back issues on the Blogosphere website. Happy reading : ) I'd love to hear your thoughts.