Monday, November 12, 2012

Make Your Voice Heard!

Happy Monday!  Somehow, it's mid-November; suddenly, things feel like they're moving along really fast and I just wanted to take today to enjoy a little blogger/reader engagement.  I'm delighted by the response that my giveaway is receiving - it's so fun to hear about all the transatlantic things you like and miss and I wish I could respond to every comment that you're leaving!  (If you haven't entered yet, you still have a few days to try your luck...)

It's unbelievably exciting for me to go through the archives to see how Betsy Transatlantically has grown since April 2010.  It's evolved, of course, as I have, and the focus of the content has changed as I've gone through my expat/repat journey.  But I'd like to take a bit more direction from you, dear readers!  I want to hear what you want to read here.  Are there topics you'd like to hear more (or less) about?  Are you a fan of guest posts?  How do you feel when I get political and/or spiritual?  Which series keep you coming back?

And so, without further ado, I give you my first survey!  Please do let me know what you think - I blog for me, sure, but I also blog for you, and I'd love to hear about your favorite (and not-so-favorite) pieces of Betsy Transatlantically.  I'm still working through my transition to being a lifestyle blogger while maintaining my expat focus, so I'd really appreciate any guidance you might have.  Click here to make your voice heard.

But wait - there's more, because I already know one of the things you want to see more of on Betsy Transatlantically!  After much batting of eyelashes, which doesn't work as well over FaceTime as you'd think, I am able to present to you the man behind the blog: Jon.  He appears here much more than he'd like already so I owe him big time for agreeing to do this, but I couldn't ignore the opportunity for you to hear from Mr Transatlantic himself.  There's a form at the bottom of this post and you've got until Sunday evening to submit your questions.  Anything you want to know about - well, anything! - you can ask and Jon will answer. I've just had to promise him two things:

1. I won't edit his replies in any way.
2. He is only required to answer five questions, though he can pick more if he feels so inclined.

Obviously, I feel a bit like I've opened Pandora's Box here, but I think this is going to be fun!  I can't wait to find out what you're curious about... and what his thoughts are on things I don't dare ask him myself.  Thank you so much for helping me out with the survey, dear readers, and have fun with the form!  (Feel free to leave your name with your question, if you'd like.)

Thanks especially to Kate and Gesci for their help on the survey!


  1. Just completed the survey! Love your blog :)


  2. Interesting post! Such a good idea!

  3. Such a cute idea!!! Especially the part about Jon kind of being "introduced" to blog.

  4. haha thanks! I was surprised at how enthusiastic he was about doing our engagement vlog ( but maybe that was a one-off? I had to do some serious cajoling for this!

  5. Hi there! I just found your cute blog... I'm going to follow and add you to my list of expat blogs! :) -Lauren

  6. The ask Jon idea is a great one Betsy! I might be naughty and borrow it :)

  7. YES DO! I have many things to ask ton amour. But you have to promise to read them to him in a Franglish accent. ça va?

  8. And I think I'll have him vlog the responses :)

  9. that's what I was angling for... but I failed :( you are a more persuasive woman than I!

  10. Well I haven't asked him yet but I'm going to give it a go!


I love reading your thoughts and suggestions! Please do leave a comment so we can get to know each other better.