I have seen a lot of new people stop by here lately so I thought I would give you a little tour of the place!
Firstly, hello! Welcome to The American Resident. If you would like to know more about the blog, you can read my page About The American Resident.
If that’s not enough for you, and you would like something a bit more personal about me (no, not too personal, don’t worry!), then you can read How I got where I am today. You’ll be surprised, perhaps, to find that the path here hasn’t been entirely smooth. But really, whose is?
I’m a long-term American expat in the United Kingdom. That means I’ve been here a while (over 20 years) and I plan on being here a while longer. I’m married to a British man (yes, his accent is indeed lovely!) and my daughter, who is proudly half American, speaks with a British accent. But she does say mom, not mum. Neat, huh?
I write about making a life overseas. I’m building a family and a home like people all over the world, but I have the added bits about trying to teach my family about my American background without being able to immerse them in it daily like American families do. I am proud of being American–my nationality is so much more than the crazy politics of the country I was born in so let’s just skip that discussion and go straight to the Have a Nice Day part. And yes, they really mean it when they say it. At least they do in the Midwest where I come from.
I also enjoy embracing my host culture–there are so many amazing things about Britain I’ll never run out of things to say about it! One thing I really love about Britain is the history, as my regular readers will know. I recently found a map of Roman Roads of Britain and saw that the road in front of my house is a Roman Road. I kind of already suspected it, but it was cool to see the evidence. I wrote a post about my area called 2000 years of people where I live, which you might find interesting if you like that sort of thing too.
I don’t know much about the finer details of moving overseas anymore, but I do have some great links where you can get a lot of that info. If you check out my page on Expat Life, you’ll see some links to helpful resources and posts on this site. Don’t forget to check out the comments on those posts and pages–my readers have contributed some really helpful tips and insights.
One of my favourite tools for new expats is what I have cleverly labelled “Useful Tool for New Expats“. I love it because it makes culture shock and homesickness just so easy to understand AND offers such useful tips for dealing with both all in one simple diagram.
Over there on the right you’ll see things like my most popular post (it was on that classic topic Most Americans Don’t Own Passports), or My blog is a fake, which I wrote not as a joke but as more of an experiment or a question. It’s not, by the way–a fake, that is. But you might be interested to see what the readers had to say about the post.
I love to write about food. I LOVE food. I try to focus on American snack foods because I have fun making those for my family and they have fun trying them (or very politely pretend to–it’s difficult to say “no” to American enthusiasm, I’ve realised).
I also write about our lovely chickens (like the tale about Poor Bunty, our white hen) and our adorable cats (including the one about Raffy, our disabled cat), and of course I write about my beautiful family, many of whom you’ll see in the photo above. And I write about the more difficult sides of building a life in another country, such as in this post An expat crisis that anyone can relate to.
Oh, and did you know I live in a former country pub? You can read more about it in my post, The Old Pub.
Besides writing about making a life in the UK I also write about other topics, such as current events or tips I’ve learned about living well, or books I’m reading, and sometimes I host contests. I love blogging and I often try to share useful ideas for other bloggers. But I know not all my readers are bloggers so I try to not overwhelm this space with blog tips. Promise! If you want some great blogging tips, especially for newbies, check out 25 Really useful blogging tips. Or you can also just have a look through the category Blogging.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this whirlwind tour! I guess you’ve probably figured out by now that you don’t have to be an expat to enjoy this blog, but if you are an expat there’s great stuff for you here, including Someone Who Knows How It Feels (that’s me, by the way!).
If you think it’d be fun to hang out with my readers and me, and you’d like to say hello every now and then, have a look over in the sidebar and sign up for email updates, or follow through Facebook, Bloglovin or the RSS feed. For more suggestions on how to follow The American Resident, click on Contact & Follow. If you have a blog, be sure to leave a comment so I can stop by your place and see what you’re up to as well!
Thank you for stopping you for stopping by–I look forward to seeing you here again!