Hi guys, blogging is a funny thing. Sometimes you have so much to say and sometimes it’s just the opposite. And sometimes you have a lot to say but doubt yourself and wonder if it’s a post your readers will like. That’s where I am now. Over the past 2.5 years since I started Oui In France, I’ve covered all kinds of expat and French culture topics posting twice a week. I’ve covered all the practical stuff like tips for going to the doctor and what to know when eating out as well as the comical side to expat life and even the hard times. But once you’ve lived in a place for a while and written about the obligatory expat topics, there comes a time when you step back and wonder what’s next for your blog. You find yourself wanting more. Is it time to close up shop? NO!!! It’s time to shift your focus and that’s exactly what I’m doing.
A shift in focus
I mentioned a while ago that I was cutting back to posting once a week and also thinking of creating a lifestyle blog that wasn’t overly expat focused but would center more on other things in my life including fitness, food and other non-expat topics. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how difficult it is to start a new blog and grow a new audience. So I scrapped the “new blog” idea. In the past, I’ve relegated posts about staying fit abroad or favorite healthy recipes to my drafts folder never to be seen again because Oui In France is an “expat blog,” I told myself. People read my blog to learn about life in France (and only that), right? Maybe not.
To give you some context regarding my thought process for Oui In France, I created my blog as an expat blog and I haven’t strayed too far from expat-centric topics. But what I didn’t consider was that being an expat can include so much more than just info on the language, the physical place and the culture and that my blog should reflect that. My life includes topics well beyond those and I haven’t focused on one really big part of my life on the blog, which is striving to live a healthy lifestyle abroad. Why? Maybe I was scared no one would find it interesting or scared to make my posts more personal. Or scared for everyone to find out that I’m in workout clothes and sneakers 90% of the time despite the fact that French people don’t rock workout wear unless they’re at the gym.
After giving this a lot of thought, I’ve decided to stop doubting myself and expand Oui In France’s focus to include more posts on healthy living abroad. By not writing about this part of my life, I kind of feel like I’ve been holding back since I’ve been an exercise enthusiast for years and was even a fitness instructor before I moved. The topic of living a healthy lifestyle abroad is really interesting to me and it is a huge part of my expat life. Exercise has helped me to de-stress, refocus, make friends and get in better shape while on this expat journey and I want to share it with you.
What’s this mean in terms of content?
Oui in France is about my life as an American in France so that won’t change. My blog is not morphing into a fitness blog — I will just be incorporating healthy living posts into my regular content and wanted to give you a heads up and explanation before doing so. I’ve written a few healthy living posts here and there on Oui In France (like this one on the differences between French & American gyms and why you won’t get fat in France) already. Going forward, maybe there will be a tie-in to life abroad and maybe there won’t. But they’re 100% my life. What kinds of stuff are we talking about? Posts on exercise, motivation, maybe recipes, product reviews and more.
So with that…
I hope that you’ll continue to read Oui In France as I move forward. I hope you’ll learn something. I hope you’ll be inspired. And if nothing else, I hope you’ll give this new focus a chance. So if you see a post about exercise or protein bars or something like that, you’re not in the wrong place. It’s all part of Oui In France’s evolution. I hope you’ll stick around! As always, a sincere thank you for your continued support.