SMA blogs

keyboardThere are many blogs about San Miguel. Perhaps because so many of us expats are retired and thus have time to write. Maybe because many of us have been well-educated. Perhaps because many are wealthy (if not by U.S. standards – and believe me, looking at the folks at the Sinfonieta one Sunday night there are many who fit THAT bill – then by Mexican standards).

Anyway, some of the blogs are useful and informative. Others purport to humor. Some are written by curmudgeons, some by cheerful sorts, some – like mine – are meant to convey to friends and family what it’s like to live in a foreign land so close to home, and some are written from the exuberance of having newly landed in a beautiful place that has gorgeous weather much of the time, and has culchah (no trace during this season of peleas de gallos [cock fights] or Las Corridas [bull fights] or lucha libre [Mexican professional wrestling] in San Miguel).  The running of the bulls, the Sanmiguelada, was cancelled after 2006.

I recently attended a symphony concert here in San Miguel and the Sinfonieta played Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.  Wikipedia lists 72 Mexican composers of classical music dating from colonial times to the present. Was there no place on the bill for a piece from one of those composers?  Oh, I get it: the Sinfonieta, by virtue of its size, was designed to play the music of Old World composers of that time period.

If you are interested in reading more about San Miguel, you might look at:

Time & the Blogger

If you read many blogs, especially those about travel or that are more personal in nature, you’ve probably noticed that there’s usually a great deal of initial enthusiasm and much gets written in a flurry, and, then, as time grabs hold of the fingers, there are fewer and fewer posts.  A number of issues work against blogging in the long run:  first, our new locale soon becomes not-so-new, familiarity develops, we’ve seen it all before, it’s no longer different, we no longer find quaint customs among the locals that differ from our homeland (think about how many American writers have made fun of the French when comparing the two cultures). Some people just go home. Some go to a new locale and start again.

Bloggers who offer information-oriented sites seem to run out of steam, too.  A very few really good bloggers write about Mexico and keep their sites current with information about changing laws and regulations (Rolly Brook and YucaLandia come to mind).  Those who start that sort of blog in hopes of earning a living soon find that most blogs most of the time do not make money for most people. I think it takes great dedication to keep those blogs current. However, many blogs of all types soon become flotsam, forming on the web the equivalent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch as the web becomes a repository of useless information and broken links as sites and blogs float, never becoming derelict or lagan cargo.

A typical blog archive might look like:

  • 2012
    • November (1)
    • May (3)
    • February (1)
    • January (2)
  • 2011 (68)
  • 2010 (137)
  • 2009 (308)
  • 2008 (214)

Back to the personal blogger informing friends and family, that is the diary/journal blog or the letters-to-home type of blog. It is very difficult to get inside another culture; with some cultures, where people’s lives center around nuclear and extended families, it is even more difficult.  Mexico has a culture in which family is very important as do France and Italy.  It is easy for one to remain lonely as one floats like a dust particle in those cultures, dependent on air currents to keep one buoyant.  At some point, the blog devoid of emotional contact, the blog that describes only things and ideas and the visible elements of society such as festivals, becomes tiresome – even uninteresting for the writer – to write.

Of course many travel and culture-invading  blogs – like this one – are written by folks traveling alone or living in a foreign land without partner, spouse, children, or grandchildren.  The blog comes to an end when one finds a better companion than a keyboard and one’s observations.

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