ms-havachat started a few years ago now, as we were leaving Japan for our next adventure in the UK. A friend suggested I start blogging about being an expat and what's involved in moving, landing and settling as she (and others) thought we did it very well.
I always thought it was easy; we've one child; an employer who on the whole is pretty good at moving us around, and we're open to all that a new gig offers us. MissM and I are pretty sociable people which helps, and G, who is of a quieter disposition is happy to come along for the ride.
It was still a huge compliment, and as I enjoyed writing for business all those years ago, I thought why not? Even tho there are thousands of expat women writing blogs about exactly what I was going to write about, with way more experience than me (at that stage we were on our 2nd move, so really in the scheme of things what did I know?), but I figured, why not? It would fill in a few hours a week, give me something constructive to focus on amongst the organised chaos of moving, and maybe help me sort out things emotionally by putting them onto paper as it were.
I wrote for quite a while with only a handful of friends knowing. I was working with their feedback, and encouragement; it would take me days to finesse the chat to be published then wait anxiously to see if anyone opened the page to view.
Then I emailed a few more and invited them to read ..... and a few more ...... and today my stats read: