Hi! Welcome to my Japan Travel + Life Blog, Stewie Overseas! I’m Jennifer, and this is my first blog post. I’m excited you’re here, and I can’t wait for you to read some of the rad things on my blog! Except wait, it’s not really my first blog post. It is my 134th blog post, and my blog is already over one year old…

So what am I doing writing my “first blog post” over one year after starting my blog? Well, I’ll tell you. Take a seat, my friend, and get ready for not-very-interesting story about my first blog post. For real, it’s not that interesting.

But first, my first blog post:

Who am I?

Im Jennifer, a Canadian girl living in Nagoya, Japan since 2012. Living in Japan is a pretty cool thing to do. One day I decided to start a blog to share my experiences here and also my travels around the world. My actual first blog post wasn’t a very good introduction to my blog. So I’m here to do it again. My blog is one year and three months old, but I hope this first blog post will help you understand more about who I am and what I’m doing here.

Why am I blogging?

While living in Japan (and Korea) I’ve had the fortunate opportunities to teach, study, travel, and more. So I thought it would be fun to write down some of my stories for others who are traveling or living abroad. I started my blog as a creative outlet and a place to share my travel experiences. Blogging has quickly taken up a huge part of my life. You can read more on my About page.

What do I blog about?

On my blog you can find lots of posts about Japan, like travel tips, destination guides, and cool attractions. You can also find personal experiences of what it’s like to be here as a long-term expat. I also love photography, so you can find posts about that as well. For a while I was focusing on iPhone photography, but I’m going to be using my DSLR more often again because I really love taking photos with my Canon. You can also find travel stories from other countries, because yeah.

Who am I writing for?

My blog is for anyone! Of course, I have a lot of posts about Japan travel and life, so people who are travelling to Japan, thinking about moving, or already living here have lots of things to read. I’m writing for people who are interested in travel photography in general or like to see photos of Japan. And I’m writing for people who love following travel blogs and reading others’ stories.

I understand what is like to travel to new places, Japan included, and feel lost, confused, and out of place. I also get severe wanderlust at times, and know how much fun it can be to read travel blogs. My blog is really for anyone who is interested. I don’t discriminate. Everyone is welcome. So please stay a while, read something else, and sign up for my email newsletter. 🙂

How can you get involved?

As much as I’ve discovered I enjoy writing blog posts, it can be a bit deflating writing something you are super proud of and having it met with crickets. I think all most bloggers can agree with me when I say one of the most exciting things about blogging is getting comments on your latest post. So if you read something here that resonates with you, don’t be shy to share your thoughts.

I’m also planning on opening my blog to guest posts in the next couple months, as I’m going to have a lot of school work to do this summer. I want to offer spots to people who are on my email list first. You don’t have to be a blogger either. So if you are interested, make sure you sign up and I’ll send the announcement and information in a few weeks.

I would like to guest post on other blogs as well. So far, I’ve done one guest post, but I would love the opportunity to write something helpful for another blog. If you are interested, please contact me!

Another big goal of mine is to grow my email list. So if you are interested in my blog and what to get my newsletter with weekly updates and extra information, sign up here:

What are my blogging goals?

My blogging goals are constantly evolving. If you read my one year blogiversary post, you’ll already see my focus has shifted away from iPhone travel photography and back to Japan. I hope I am not the only blogger who experiences changes…

Anyway, right now my goals are to grow my blog into a place where readers can learn about Japan travel, life in Japan, photography, and world travel. I want to focus on improving my travel writing, because sometimes I worry I write too academically (do I say “while” and “whether” and “however” too much?). I’m also always thinking of ways to produce something and monetize my blog, but please know that I would only do it in ways that would be valuable to you, my dear reader.

I’ve also started getting into freelance writing, so far without much luck. But I’m hopeful. If you have any leads you’d like to share, please let me know. I’m already on the phone, see?

So, why am I writing “my first blog post” over one year later?

Like, I said, this part is not very interesting. I’m writing my first blog post so late for the simple reason that I didn’t have any kind of plans about my blog when I started it in 2017. I just jumped right in with a random post about holiday season in Japan. Since that time, I’ve gained a lot of new readers who might be confused about who I am and what I’m doing. So I finally got around to writing my first blog post.

I hope my first blog post gives you a good idea of who I am and what I’m blogging about. And of course, I hope you’ll stick around for lots more cool stuff!

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  1. Bob Cranwell Reply

    Hi Jennifer !

    I particularly like reading about people who have spent enough time in a place to have sifted out the things really worth knowing from the deluge of ‘sights’ and prescribed ‘experiences’. If you fancy sending something over for the amateuremigrant site it would be nice. You’ll see no money or sponsorship is involved . .

    My stuff is largely on travel memoirs, I do not promote travel per se, but what we may learn from the series of mini-crises that are involved in travel.

    Also what people could have seen and done in places before we made them unreachable.

    I was lucky enough to have been paid for much of my travels before retiring !

    Nowadays most of my writing is about older travel experiences; adventure travel 70’s to 00’s. Many places you can no longer go.

    Checkout http://amateuremigrant.com for written and on http://mixcloud.com/amateuremigrant for podcasted inspiration ?

    PS featuring on http://TravelGumbo.com/amateuremigrant too !

  2. I really like reading your blog. Glad you seem to have figured out a direction to go in. And good luck with the freelance writing!

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