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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Expat Blogs Contest

The winner and runners-up of this contest were announced  last night, and you can read the winning entry HERE

It's an excellent piece and full of really good advice to anyone who is thinking of moving to another country.

The contest itself turned out to be not quite what I had expected.  but I'm glad I was brave enough to enter.  As most of you will know by now I'm not a competitive person, so for me to even think about entering something like this is a bit out of character...done literally on the spur of the moment, almost at the last minute befure I had chance to change my mind!

(And if I'm totally honest, the prize money was an incentive!)

I'd like to take this opportunity to say a massive thankyou to those of you who took the trouble to leave such lovely, encouraging comments on my entry.....words that mean so much more to me than winning.

Congratulations to the winner and runners-up..very well done.

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  1. I'm glad you were brave enough to enter too, because it gave me the chance to read a well thought out consideration of moving to a different culture outside the job market.

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    1. Thanks Fly. The Expats Blog Facebook page has asked for feedback on the winning entry, and I agree that it is an excellent piece. However, the author is a writer, so one wouldn't expect anything else. There were a lot of writers amongst the entries.

      I was brave enough to comment on Facebook that it wasn't initially made clear that Facebook and Twitter votes would be part of the judging process, and that entries should have been judged on their merit, without counting votes. It gives a clearer playing field I think. Not everyone is involved in social network sites. Although to their credit, within the last couple of days they introduced a further runner-up prize to cover that...clearly it had been mentioned before I said anything.

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  2. It's a good piece of writing, Ayak, but very much aimed at the temporary expat market. Yours on the other hand gave such a good insight into what it is like to throw your lot in with another country on a long-term basis. I know which I prefer. :-) Well done again for entering.

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    1. Thanks Perpetua. Someone else mentioned that the criteria wasn't very clear, and I agree with that. However it is the first of their contests so hopefully they will learn from it.

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  3. That's a good point...and they seem to have taken it on board.
    I had a look at some of the blog competition entries...wow, can't some people network!

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    1. Yes Fly..networking is key these days it would seem. I'm afraid I'm just not pushy enough. I find self-promotion very difficult.

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  4. I'm glad you plucked up the courage to enter it.
    It is good practice. I'm not competitive enough though......
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    1. Me neither Maggie! I rather surprised myself that I did it, but I doubt I'd do it again!

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  5. Well doesn't matter who won....you are the 'winner' for me. I love reading your posts......and your adventures :-)
    Take care.....is it still warm there? It was 18 deg. Cel. today but in two days we are back to 4 deg. Cel.brrrr!!!!

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    1. Thankyou Erica xx

      It's still very pleasant here Erica, and apparently will continue to be warm this week. Try to stay warm!

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  6. I liked your piece a lot - next time !

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    1. Thankyou BtoB..ooh not brave enough for a next time!

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  7. Hey Ayak. I like the Atatürk with the dog picture, too. Also the one of him lying on the beach because it's weird. :)

    As for the writing contest, meh. The criteria weren't very clear (there seemed to be a cheerful "style" they were looking for) and, as you pointed out, the social networking side of it wasn't mentioned until the entries went up. Not all of us have much of a social network. I don't. I know pretty much everyone who reads my blog. Or "know" them. I count you and Nomad as people I "know," simply because we haven't met in read life, but we would if we could and we do have a wee network among us.

    Anyway, don't give up! Keep being brave till it gets easier. It might just happen than sometime between now and the next one, a story will hit you that's worth saving to get at that $500... ;)

    Take care.

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    1. Hi Stranger. I don't know that I'd enter another one but I think you should. You got a mention after all so that has to be worth something...sadly not money which I know you need as much as I do!!

      Yes that pic of Ataturk on the beach. I've seen that one somewhere and it is kind of strange...well sort of unexpected (not sure that's the right word)

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