Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I enjoy writing. I enjoy writing this blog and sharing what we are up to. It was started with the intention to share our experiences here with family back in the UK. I post pictures of my husband and children along with the occasional picture of myself. (I don't like having my picture taken)

I have statistics on my blog that show me how people find it, what pages they go to and what pictures they look at. Should I be concerned that people are finding my blog by performing searches for 5 year old blonde girls? Should I worry that people spend 30+ minutes looking at the pictures of my 5 year old daughter? What should I make of people that regularly visit the blog but do not comment?

This blog's purpose is to tell the story of my family and their transition from the UK to the USA for however long the duration of our stay here is.

To all of my visitors, please occasionally say something. Let me know if you have enjoyed reading or if you would like me to write about something specific. If people continue to spend a long time looking at pictures of my children and not commenting on anything, then I may have to consider to stop posting pictures of them and only post generic pictures of places we have been.


  1. Well, I visit because I like hearing about how you are settling into the US and the differences from the UK. And of course about Girl Scouts! One thing I will say is sometimes I leave a page open and come back to it ages later so it might look like someone was on a page for ages? But the specific searching is creepy, I concur.

    Maybe you could blank out the kids' identity a little? Here's the pic I posted of my son marching in a St George's Day parade as an example: http://strictlyguiding.blogspot.com/2010/04/marching-beaver.html

  2. Thanks Jen. The most recent visitor clicked on several pictures of my daughter over a 30 minute period and they found the blog by performing a Google search on "5 year old blonde girl". The ip address they have is from a school. Stats can be a good thing but they can also be a bad thing.

  3. I like to read and see what other ex pats are up to :)

  4. Sarah - Sorry to hear about that. I love hearing about what you and your family are up to and how different life is for you over there. Please don't stop. The only thing I can suggest is to have a password to access the site to stop these sickos. Victoria

  5. I enjoy reading your blog. I am slowly stepping out of the shadows on those that I read and leaving posts. I enjoy reading about the differences you are experiencing and just daily life.

  6. Hi Sarah, I just found your blog the other day after searching for expat blogs. I'm starting a site called Career Nomads. I'm a career nomad myself so I love to hear how others go about settling in other countries. I agree, the photo search is concerning. Perhaps putting the kids' photos on a private photo sharing site is a better approach and continuing to only share generic photos?

  7. I enjoy reading what you have to say. I'm a female American who enjoys hearing about your new experiences. I also live in the Indy area so I am familiar with the places you mention. I'm anonymous because I don't have my own blog. That is kinda creepy that someone would be looking at photos of your kids and doing searches on '5 year old blonde girls'. I understand your concern. Sometimes I don't comment because I don't have children of my own so I read about the kid's activities, but have nothing to say about it. I tried to comment on your post about dresses for the wedding but for someone reason I couldn't get the anti spam words to show up right so I had to abandon the idea. I usually have to hit preview first, then post. That's the only way I can get the anti spam to appear.

  8. HI Sarah

    I know "commercial" content is not overly welcome via these fab forums but I have recently set up a business that I think is ideal for British expats. I would have messaged you directly but I can't find any way to do that!

    Blue Friesian lets customers turn their photos and words into spoof magazines - not just covers but 8 and 12 page magazines as well. It's a fun and EASY present to send back to friends and family in Blighty as we post locally. It's perfect timing with Mothers Day coming up.... We launched a few months ago and already have some great reviews (quite a few from UK bloggers).... I would love for you to try it out!


  9. I, too, am originally from Indianapolis (male) and enjoy reading your perspective as an expat living in my hometown. It has an added relevance now that I'm living abroad. I'm really sorry about the creeps who seem to be reaching your site through typing "little girls" in the search engine. If you have to tailor your site, I completely understand, but I certainly hope you don't abandon it! I enjoy your articles that have nothing to do with the kids just as much as the ones about the family--for me, the interest is getting your perspective as a British citizen living in the Indy area. Keep it up!

  10. Hi, I am not sure how I came across your blog, but didn't want to freak you out because I left the page up most of the day and just got back to it now. I emigrated to the US in 2007 and it is interesting to read of other peoples experiences on emigrating, I will add you blog to my blogs I read list. Pop over to mine too, please comment if you want to, I get lots of hits on my blog too and often wonder why they don't bother to comment, it would be nice if they did. Enjoy your trip in the UK and eat lots of chocolate for me!!!! and have a decent bacon buttie. Sam


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