The Lou Messugo Blog - life in the south of France from a British/Australian TCK's perspective, bringing you French culture, travel on the Côte d'Azur and beyond, expat issues and a little bit of je ne sais quoi all mixed up with a hefty dose of photography.
It's that time of year again when I look back and see which posts got seen and which ones didn't. I do it mainly for myself as I love lists and statistics though I hope my readers enjoy it too. I make this list from viewing figures which means that posts written earlier in the year have an obvious advantage simply by being around for longer, but I was delighted to find the post in fourth position was written just over 3 months ago.
I've been nominated by the wonderful Corinne of Reflections Enroute for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I'm always chuffed to be chosen for this sort of blogging recognition but not least when it comes from one of my favourite travel bloggers. One of the best things about blogging, I think you'll find any blogger will say, is the friendships you make online and I've loved getting to know Corinne over the last couple of years. There's a "small world" anecdote here; Corinne lives in a small town in Bavaria which no one's ever really heard of except that as a teenager I used to go there for R&R breaks from Prague where I was living! Prague was very much behind the Iron Curtain at the time and when we needed to get out to indulge in a little Western decadence and particularly retail therapy it was to this little town we went, 35 years ago! A fun little coincidence in this big wide world.
Pondering on dates and anniversaries recently over on my Facebook page for Lou Messugo I realised I'd been running the gîte for 5 years. Which got me thinking that April has another anniversary - my blogiversary. Three days ago, on the 18th April this blog turned 3! I still feel like a new blogger but I guess at 3 I'm now quite mature. I may not be as prolific as some established blogs that I enjoy but I try to be consistent and so far have not had a long period without writing in that time. Long may it last!
Over the last year I've branched out and now cover a greater variety of topics including travel out of France, expat tales, personal history and multiculturalism. So how delighted was I to be nominated for the "Versatile Blogger" award from Ersatz Expat? Yes, you got it, very! Apparently I'm versatile, and I'm happy with that.