The Unexpected Human Element of Blogging

When I started this blog a year ago, I did it for two reasons: 1) to have something quiet to do in the mornings until my wife woke up, and 2) to share information about our new life in Mexico with my friends and former coworkers who thought we were crazy for moving here.

The idea to start a blog came from meeting my fellow expats who had blogs – and there are a lot of them! Apparently, the cool thing to do nowadays is run off to a foreign country and then start a blog to document your experiences.

So, like the victim of a bad after-school special about peer pressure, I started this blog.

Human Element

Although I was new to the blogging world, I  expected that it would work like this: I would write an article, occasionally respond to a comment from a reader and then move on to the next article.

At least on paper, that certainly seemed reasonable.

What I didn’t expect was the amount of one-on-one interaction that I would have with readers. As soon as I published the first article, people started writing me directly to ask questions about moving to Mexico.

As the site became more popular (over 150,000 views in January) and the articles started appearing in newspapers across Mexico, the number of daily e-mails and messages grew exponentially.

To date, we have responded to over 3,500 emails and messages from readers. Fortunately, my wife helps me keep up with it all – she’s amazing!

Helping Others

Although answering all these messages takes up a few hours a day, we both really enjoy helping people realize their dreams of moving to Mexico.

We’ve helped people avoid scams by referring them to trusted real estate professionals, lawyers and even insurance agents. We also check back with people that we refer to make sure that the experience went well.

We discovered that one of the advantages of having a popular blog is that businesses seem quite eager to make sure that we’re happy. That means keeping the people that we refer happy.

It makes our day whenever we get an email from a reader thanking us for a referral and giving us an update on their lives. Those emails inspire us to keep at it.

Several of the people that we have helped now live in the area and we have become good friends with many of them. That’s the coolest part of the whole experience.

Let’s Wrap This Up

Some readers may have noticed the reduced the number of articles that we post a month. We did that intentionally in order to keep the site at manageable level.

If the site gets too popular, we risk losing the human element that we love so much — and we certainly don’t want that to happen.

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About the Author

Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years and retired at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He moved to Mexico with his wife six days later to enjoy a laid-back, Caribbean lifestyle on a tight budget. In 2016, Paul started a blog to share information with other people who may be thinking of making the move to Mexico. The blog, Two Expats Living in Mexico (qroo.us), has been viewed over a million times and Paul's articles appear in periodicals across Mexico.

34 Comments on "The Unexpected Human Element of Blogging"

  1. Richard Brenixk | April 4, 2017 at 9:56 am | Reply

    We live in Jacksonville Beach, FL and come to Cancun once or twice a year. Next year, I may want to meet you for a refreshment or several!

  2. HI Paul,

    Great blog! Tried to reach you before but no response, so here’s one more try. My husband and I are coming in May for another vacation (15 yrs coming now). We are ready to look at real estate. Can you provide a referral? Do you know anything about the free real estate tour topmexico does out of Playa? Do you know what the increase in property values are for investors turning over property? I recently read a rent vs buy article and I think it stated a 3% increase in property value…seems low, but maybe because it’s exploding with New build?

    Thanks,
    Gin in Ca.

  3. Hi, Paul! I think you’re talking about “The Unexpected Good Karma” you’ve experienced through the information you share. Helping people is a wonderful thing and you get pay-back that touches your heart. I was in a local store here in Ajijic the other day. A homeowner who found a petsitter through my website came up and gave me a huge hug.

  4. I live in QRoo and love Mexico. Sometimes I feel I dont want to spread the word about how beautiful Mexico is, how generous the people are, how happy my life is. Dont want it to become like the place that I left. Selfish I know, yeah, yeah. Thanks for your blog. I am enjoying it very much.

  5. I found this blog just after we moved to our half-time home in BCS, which was just after you started blogging. It’s been a great source of useful, practical information. Nice to see a little of the guy and gal behind the curtain!

  6. Really appreciate your blog. Last fall, after many many trips to Isla your blog helped us decide to split up our trip and spend a week of our visit in Akumal. In the past, we’d only been on a day trip and to hang out with friends at Buena Vista. We’re planning another trip down with family this summer and will be looking at things through “should we live here part-time” eyes. Your blog makes it possible to imagine that being in reach soon. Thank you!

  7. Your blogs are so well written and informative. My husband and I have plans to move to Xalapa Veracruz. I know that is aways from where you are living. In your travels have you ran across anyone that is in that area? I would like to find out as much info as possible.

    Thanks Cassie in GA

    • Thanks for reading the blog. We haven’t made it over that far. Come to think of it, I’ve never even met anyone from there.

  8. I look forward to reading your blog. Hopefully on one of our visits we’ll run into you. Still nudging my bride to make the move too. Problem is 10 grand children and counting. Thanks for all the strait forward information.

  9. Greg Archibald | April 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm | Reply

    My wife & I have been following you regularly for quite a while and have become true fans. We are retiring to the Baja in a few months so we sincerely appreciate the info and your style.
    Vaya con dos

    • Anne Walmsley | April 4, 2017 at 2:36 pm | Reply

      Hi Greg
      We are seriously considering a move to the Baja in a couple of years so would love to hear more about your experiences and choices. Anne and Ross

    • Thanks and good luck on your new adventure in Mexico!

  10. I’m fairly new to your blog but am finding it very interesting and helpful. The information you provide is very thorough and knowledgeable. By all the other comments and the number of followers you have this is proving that a lot of people are thinking if not at least dreaming of make this type of move. I am also at that stage of life, so am finding this blog very interesting and helpful.
    Thank you.

  11. Jeffrey Heald | April 5, 2017 at 6:51 am | Reply

    I’ve been visiting Mexico for the last 45 years and living here full time in Puerto Vallarta for the last 7 years.
    I have been reading your blog since you arrived and began writing.
    Great job on a well researched blog with valuable info for all residents and visitors.
    Keep up the good work!

  12. Susan Ballash | April 5, 2017 at 8:00 am | Reply

    I love reading your blog!

  13. I love your blog. It’s always informative and interesting. I, too, am a fellow blogger as well. My husband and I left the U.S. almost seven years ago and moved to Cuenca, Ecuador (which we dearly love — she’s a beautiful classy lady). But due to circumstances beyond our control, we needed to be closer to the U.S. so we moved two weeks ago to Mexico (Lake Chapala area). You have inspired me to continue blogging about our experiences. Now I must remember to take my camera everyone we go (like I did when we first moved to Cuenca)!

    Patty (& Mike) Grimm
    (Grimms Travel Tales)

  14. I enjoy you blog. I am a part time soon to be full time expat in Cabo. Yes there are challenges but I know this is where I was meant to be.

  15. Barbara Gorsline | April 6, 2017 at 6:41 am | Reply

    I would like to email you….could you give me your email address please?

  16. Great blog, I’m also in Mexico but I live closer to Mexico City. I spent many years in Clearwater, FL and I decided I just couldn’t take anymore of that heat and humidity.

  17. John Escobar | April 17, 2017 at 3:48 pm | Reply

    Paul, it’s been a while!! I stumbled across your FB personal page and thought, wow that s a face I haven’t seen in forever, so I clicked on it and learned that you guys have moved to Mexico! I have to say brotha, that is pretty ballsy!!! However, I envy you for having the intestinal fortitude to follow your dreams no matter the naysayers and doubters. You guys dis what was right for you guys, no one else matters. I’ve been going through the blog articles and I have to say; great stuff!!! I just wanted to pop in and say congrats for finding happiness! It’s the main thing we all strive to achieve, and you my friend seem like you have. Best of luck to you brotha!!!

  18. I really am enjoying reading y’all’s blog.
    Thank you both 🙂

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