This week I learned that I have made the list of the top 100 French blogs. I’m delighted to find myself alongside some fascinating bloggers whose posts I really enjoy.
I’m also rather flattered.
I’ve been blogging for 4 and a half years now. I started this blog back on 1 January 2014 and set myself the challenge of posting every day for that first year.
I managed it – but I can honestly say I was pleased when my year was up and I no longer needed to blog so frequently. Now, I post about once a week.
That initial year was terrific for increasing my knowledge of French customs, geography and cuisine – hence the photo I’ve used of me at the Cordon Bleu school in Paris. In fact, there were points when I asked myself why I had bothered studying for a degree in French language culture and politics when I could have just blogged instead.
The answer, of course, is that the internet hadn’t been invented when I was at university in the 1980s, but I digress.
“The blog has changed its name over the years. I may have to rename it again soon… Watch this space”
More recently, some French journalism students got in touch and came and interviewed me about what I thought of Brexit. None of which is printable.
The blog has changed its name over the years. It started as A Year in Périgord but that seemed inappropriate after I moved to Lille last year – hence it became A New Life in Lille.
Mind you, I may have to rename it again soon. I daren’t tempt fate by saying anything about that right now, though, other than watch this space…