The vast majority of our readers don’t have much interaction with us at all. They just log in, spend an average of 1 minute and 42 seconds reading our latest post (according to the stats) and then move on with their lives. To them, the blog is just a collection of useful information, personal experiences and Spanish lessons — but, for a smaller group of readers, the blog has become more than that.
Today, I decided to focus on the experiences of that smaller group and in doing so, share a side of the blog that most readers don’t know about.
Among the numerous daily emails asking us questions about the logistics of moving to Mexico, there are the occasional emails from readers telling us that the blog has inspired them to make significant changes in their own lives. These changes range from quitting their job to actually moving to Mexico.
I haven’t been keeping an exact tally of how many of these emails we’ve received, but a conservative estimate would be around 200.
On a local level, we know over two dozen people who said that they moved to this part of Mexico as a direct result of the blog. The good news is that they all seem very happy and relaxed.
We get numerous requests from readers to meet in person while their on vacation or in the area. If our schedule is free, we make every effort to meet them for a drink or a meal at one of our favorite restaurants or beach bars. We’ve met a lot of amazing people this way.
Unfortunately, we stay pretty busy so it’s not physically possible for us to meet with everyone who sends a request. If we can’t meet with you, please don’t be offended.
People who are thinking about moving to Mexico often ask for our help in finding a reputable real estate agent. I don’t blame them — buying property in another country can be scary and there are always scammers looking to take advantage of unsuspecting foreigners.
We take these requests very seriously, so we only refer people to real estate professionals that we have known for an extended period of time. We also check with at least five (5) of their former clients to ensure that they have a history of consistently doing a great job.
As you can probably tell, there are very few people that we feel comfortable recommending.
As I mentioned before, quite a few readers of the blog have moved to our area. We’ve assisted several of them with things like buying a car or opening a bank account. So far this year, we’ve helped 10 new arrivals buy their first car in Mexico.
The way we look at it is this: other expats went out of their way to help us when we first arrived, so we’re just carrying on that tradition.
Let’s Wrap This Up
I think it’s important to have a hobby that you enjoy and blogging has done the trick for us. It’s something that Linda and I can do together and we can help people in the process.
If you do decide to send us a message via our contact form, it’s important that you know that we don’t check our messages everyday. You might have to wait a few days for us to get back to you — especially if the weather is perfect here in the Riviera Maya. After all, the word beach comes before blog in the dictionary.