Life on La Lune celebrates its 10th birthday today. Unusually, this fact almost passed me by, mainly because I have still been catching up with things after last week’s absence of internet. There’s no significance to having started the blog on Valentine’s Day. It just happened like that. I remember it was a particularly gloomy, chilly Sunday, so I thought why not? And here we are, 10 years later.
From little acorns
When I pressed the publish button for my first post, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing in technical terms. The learning curve was steep, and the initial posts were pretty amateurish. Neither did I really know what I wanted to write about, nor how long I planned to do it. Things sort of evolved from there.
From that shaky start, I’ve written 669 posts on aspects of French life, language, culture and history. Nearly all of them are illustrated with my own photos (some better than others, I admit, as my photographic skills have developed).
Pleasures of blogging
Thanks to the internet, visitors come to the blog from every corner of the globe (if a globe can have corners). It’s been a particular pleasure to meet readers from afar when they’ve ventured to this part of France. And many of those I haven’t met feel like friends. I love reading your comments, some of which turn into long conversations!
It’s gratifying to have been at the receiving end of accolades from other bloggers and websites specialising in French life or information for expats. Thank you for those. I’ve also discovered some wonderful blogs, a handful of which I highlighted recently.
Also, I realise that Life on La Lune has become a resource, or at least a starting point, for people wanting to find out about the history of the region and places to visit. I hope that, as well as imparting factual information, I’ve been able to convey my deep attachment to the country that has become my adoptive home.
By the way, I’ve just found out how to include a pre-made tweet in a post, so feel free to share if you wish.
French life blog, Life on La Lune celebrates 10 years of chronicling la vie française today! #France #bloggingTweet
Out of interest, I looked at the stats to see which of my posts have been the most popular of all time. And here they are:
Number 1: The Top Ten Maigret Novels
Number 2: Ten Reasons Not to Have a Swimming Pool
Number 4: French Superstitions
The last one is a surprise, as I wouldn’t have thought it’s exactly a hot topic. But one thing I have learned from blogging is that you never really know which posts are going to appeal to readers’ imaginations.
The question is: where now? I suppose that as long as I have something to write about, and as long as people continue to read it, Life on La Lune should plug on. The day either or both of those things grind to a halt, I will stop.
In the meantime, un grand merci to everyone who’s accompanied me on this journey – some of you right from the start.
I’ll end with a question. What favourite topics do you like to read about on life in France blogs?
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