When we first moved to Ecuador we tried to keep in touch with friends and family via email and occasional Skype and Magic Jack calls. We wrote “update” letters which we sent to a number of friends via email and tried to attach some photos to illustrate some of the new and interesting things we were seeing.
As time went on more and more of our friends (and friends of our friends) requested to be included in the group emails and everyone kept asking for more pictures. Our friend Liza, the Zeebra, suggested that we start a Blog where we could post many more pictures and reach a larger group with our updates. Mary bought into the idea quickly, but I was reluctant as I envisioned a great deal of additional work and really did not think that there were many people who would want to hear about our adventures beyond the email group that we already wrote to.
When two strong-willed women unite against a measly old man the outcome is inevitable and one evening in June Lisa and Mary got onto the WordPress site and set up our Blog. I still resisted and did not take the time to learn the system until I finally published our first post in September of 2012. We alerted the people who had been in our email group mailing that they should sign up to follow the blog as the update emails would now be published in the blog format.
Now just six months later all of my reservations regarding the need for a blog have been proven wrong. As of this day we have published 133 posts with hundreds of pictures. We have 134 people who follow the blog via email notifications and scores more who follow via Facebook. And our site has been visited more that 25,000 times by people from 86 different countries around the world!
Just for fun – here is a map showing the countries our readers live in:
And here is a list of all of the countries and the amount of views recorded in those countries:
In the course of maintaining this blog we have been blessed to meet and get to know quite number of new acquaintances. Some of these new acquaintances have traveled to San Clemente and visited with Mary and me here at our home.
Just this week I passed a conspicuously gringo looking couple on my bicycle and said, “Hola” in passing. I was about twenty yards down the street when they yelled, “John?” I turned around and met Butch and Joyce from Chicago! We now have two new friends who are determined to return to Ecuador to live in San Clemente when Butch can retire later this year.
We are amazed at the communications options that the internet has opened and thank you all for helping us reach the 25,000 hit mark.
Life is good in Ecuador and on the ever shrinking world accessed through the internet!