Start: Find french blogs in English
Since I was little, I’ve always had a fascination with the French culture and the French language. Naturally, when I married a Frenchman, my curiosity grew. Now here I am blogging all about France. Before I wrote my first blog, I decided to do some research on French blogs in English. How does someone find the best French blogs written in English today? What are the French blogs about today? Do people actually care to read French blogs in English? All of these questions were running through my head like wildfire.
Should I blog about France
I hate to admit it, but I was extremely nervous to start blogging, let alone begin blogging about France. Firstly, I am not French… I am an American, and I am BLACK. These are the facts. No changing that. Given those facts, I was self-conscious about writing from the French perspective.
You may be thinking, “Hey, there are at least a good couple of hundred French blogs out there from NON- FRENCH PEOPLE.” Yes, this is true. There are currently bloggers out there blogging about France, and they A) Are not French B) Are not married/dating a French person C) Do not speak the language.
I think that’s why I was so nervous. You see, Loup ( Yannick, my husband) is what I think of as a typical Frenchman. He may not want to admit, but he is proud of being French and will often correct someone who assumes he’s from Paris. Attention Please: France is more than Paris the same way America is more than New York City. At the end of the day, I want to make sure I am getting the narrative right. There is no point in writing a French blog if you can’t encompass the essence of France mixed with your perspective. The spirit still needs to be there. I said what I said. No, take backs
Where do I find the best English French blogs today?
I think it’s safe to say that we all pretty much use Google to find everything we are looking for. It could be something as small as where is the closest wine store or where I can find the best french blogs. For me, it was the latter. I have been on the journey of learning French for the past 5 years and I remember my CouCou teacher telling me to listen to French podcasts, movies/tv shows, and read French blogs. My CouCou teacher definitely wanted us to read French blogs written in French. Sadly, truth is my French was not up to the level needed to understand all the different tenses, conjugations, and slangs that will inevitably be in a native French blog.
When I started my recon mission of finding French blogs written in English I found pages and pages on Google of french blogs written by English speakers. This was a game-changer for me. When I saw the list of 100+ best french blogs I was excited to take a closer look. Not to my surprise, the top 10 consisted of French news outlets that were turning out new blog posts multiple times throughout the day.
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What are French blogs about?
The next set of 10 consisted of bloggers who had been consistently blogging for at least 10 ish years. Usually on the topic of being an expat in France. Needless to say, the list went on and on. I don’t think it’s possible to search for a French blog and not find one that meets your fancy. This gave me the motivation that I need to really pursue writing in this lane. The majority of blogs out there are about life in Paris. Yawns in boredom.
Listen I love/hate Paris by default because I genuinely love France, BUT I am really over reading the same viewpoint over and over again. The same can be said about blogging about New York City. NYC doesn’t represent the whole of American, and the same can be said about Paris. People assume that since Loup (Yannick) is French, he MUST be Parisien. Cue flashbacks to “You’re French?! Are you from Paris?”
Or my personal new favorite: “You’re moving to France! You’re going to love Paris!” Blank stares of confusion when I correct the poor souls by stating that the family actually moving to Montpellier in the South of France.
Can we add some spice?
It’s time for a little spice in English speaking French blog content. Lately, I have been working on my French by reading French blogs written in French. I typically have to read the blog post three times to fully grasp the content because of the slang and complicated verb tenses. From all that reading, I’ve noticed that the French blogs in the native French language have a bit of dark humor that the English written French content is missing. Now, this could be because the French, including Yannick, are known for their cynical and sarcastic humor. I’ll be the first to admit the sarcasm goes over my head in conversation; however, in a bizarre twist of fate, I thoroughly enjoy reading it. Maybe it’s because I have more time to react.
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Do people actually care to read French blogs written by non-French natives?
With all that being said, I’m addicted to reading about other expat experiences in France…Parisien or not. Well, that and watching House Hunters International and trying to find all the French relocation episodes. Don’t say you haven’t watched it on HGTV because you have.
The same way that I people about watching hours of HGTV is the same way people care about reading French blogs written by non-French speaking natives. We’re all a little curious and want to know what it’s like in that person’s shoes. We want to know the challenges they had so we can learn from them.
Wouldn’t you rather have your country talked about in a blog than not talked about at all? No one spends their free time writing for hours on end, editing, and repeating the cycle just for their health. They do it because they have a passion for the topic, and people are reading the content.
If you’re reading this page right now you’ve already answered that question as well.
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Do you read French content in English or French?
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Let me know how you find french blogs in English or if you strictly read French blogs in French