I have dedicated my entire life to avoiding the horror of public speaking. When Judy Rickatson asked me to be part of a panel discussion on “Blogging for Expat Success” at this year’s FIGT conference, I was relieved to have a rock-solid excuse for saying no: a scheduling conflict meant I wasn’t able to attend.
I should’ve known that wouldn’t stop Judy. “No problem!” she replied briskly. “We’ll just pipe you in via Skype.”
Rats! Outmanoeuvred by someone smart enough to have a Plan B. “Hurray,” I said weakly.
So this past Friday there I was, sitting at my computer and straining to hear the wisdom of Linda A. Janssen of Adventures in Expat Land, Rachel Yates of Defining Moves, Norman Viss of Expat Everyday Support Center, and Judy of Expatriate Life.
I wanted to post a clip or two of each panellist, but unfortunately the setup in the conference room proved too awkward for my Skype recorder to handle. So, my friends, aside from one fleeting glimpse of my fellow bloggers, you’re stuck with me prattling on about how easy it is to set up a blog, why blogging is good for the soul, and how I Was An Expat Wife saved me from a trip to The Big House.