Welcome to my blog. I write about fitting in, sticking out, and missing the motherland as a serial foreigner.


A few items of business:

-You'll notice that I finally converted my blogroll sidebar to a live blog view. It's expandable, so that my visitors aren't subjected to three dozen linked names entirely devoid of context.

-The links are sorted by most recent update, and only non-private blogs show updates. So if your blog is private, I still link to you, you're just hidden under the Show All button. And your name has an asterisk by it.

-I've given each category of blogs five displayed links, except for Tucson, which got 10. There are just more blogs from Tucson, so I felt bad limiting them to only five. Maybe I'll change my mind.

-I shuffled all family members' blogs into the "People I grew up with" category for simplicity's sake. I just didn't feel like it warranted its own category. Again, maybe I'll change my mind.

-If I don't link to your blog, and you want me to, let me know. I'm sure it's just an inadvertent oversight.

-If I do link to you and you don't want me to, let me know.

-For now, the blogs are titled as their owner named them. I'm not sure this is how I will keep them. What do you think? Should I keep it as you have named it, because it's your blog I'm linking to? Or should I change it to what I want it to be, since it's my blog it's appearing on? I can see it both ways. What I'm not sure of is if I can handle seeing "because" misspelled as "becasue" in a blog title even if it's on purpose. Etc.

-As for Google Followers, here is my policy (yes, I have one). The underlying principle is that I consider Google Followers to be a social blog-finding tool. So if you have a private blog, I don't follow you, because people who are looking for new blogs to enjoy will not be able to view yours. Similarly, if your blog is completely or almost completely family-centered, I probably don't follow you, so as not to drive random stranger traffic to stories about your small children. If you are offended that I don't follow your blog, maybe you could say something to me about it. It's possible that I've forgotten to do so, or that I've erroneously categorized your blog as a family blog when it actually has a different purpose. Just so we're clear. Does this make sense?

Did I miss anything? Speak now or forever hold your peace.

Happy day

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