Thank you to all our new followers! Do you know all our sites?

Twitter Profile and cover imageIt’s been a great November, and it’s not even over. Thank you to all our new followers across our site and social media network for Uruguay Expat Life / Uruguay For Me. Between new email subscribers to this website (you can sign up directly from our sidebar) who get every post in their inbox, new RSS subscribers, new members of our Uruguay Expat Life Community forum, new followers of our @UruguayForMe Twitter, new people who’ve followed our Google+ Pages for Uruguay For Me (the more “just the facts” page) and Uruguay Expat Life (the more open-ended and personal/anecdotal one) in their G+ Circles, and new Facebook Page followers, that’s well over 100 new people this month.

Uruguay Expat Life - Community - Google+ 20141120 410 membersOur, no, your, Community, broke through to more than 400 members this week, after less than a year and a half in existence. Our Facebook Page broke through over 800 people who Liked and Followed it, and one of our posts got well over 700 people reached, with no “pay to play” to Facebook for you to be able to see it. That’s due to your interest, sharing, and engagement with our articles and posts. Lots of new Twitter followers, several new people Circling our Google+ Pages (those Pages are not the same thing as our Google Community – the Community is where you can post your own questions and topics!)

We’re grateful, looking forward to hearing from you in our free Community, in your emails via our Contact Us form, as comments on our Facebook and G+ Page posts, and in your replies and retweets to our Tweets. Also remember, there’s a Comment section at the bottom of every article on this website, and it uses the same ID you already probably have for commenting on so many other sites on the web.

Follow some of them? Why not follow all? We don’t always post the same things – each part of our network has a slightly different feel and style. Plus, cool ways to automatically get our newest articles – via email and RSS.

feed-icon-28x28Use our RSS feed to put all our website posts automatically on the front page of your custom web portal like My Yahoo, or in the Feedly or similar Reader apps for iPhone and Android, in the LinkedIn Pulse news aggregator, in Live Bookmarks in Firefox, or in RSS extensions in Chrome that let you follow the latest from all your favorite sites.

Favorite sites including Uruguay Expat Life and Author Susan Joyce's Lullaby Illusion blog shown on My Yahoo!

You almost certainly already have a Google ID of some kind (Android phone, tablet, Gmail account, YouTube comments, Picasa photos, Google Drive…) so why not join our Community – you don’t heed anything else new, Continue reading Thank you to all our new followers! Do you know all our sites?

Uruguay Expat Life interactive community and forum now live at Google!

As promised, for “this month” and last week for “next week”, it’s live! Still about 10 minutes left in this week, and left in August 2013, here in now-springlike Uruguay!

Come visit and join in the Uruguay Expat Life Community on Google+ , which you almost certainly already are a member of , even if you don’t use it! Have a Gmail address? Use YouTube with a login name? Use Google Calendar? Have an Android smartphone or tablet? You already have a Google Account – which is all you need!

Don’t have one yet? It takes only about 2 minutes, and you can tie your Google Account to an existing non-Gmail email address if you prefer. They’ll give you a Gmail address as part of the signup, but you never have to use it.

Uruguay Expat Life Community at Google+

Come visit your place for talking about Uruguay Expat Life, Uruguay immigration and residency, Uruguayan Culture, Uruguay economy and cost of living, and more! You get to start your own discussions, and interact with each other without having to go through us!

It’s live right now!

Uruguay Expat Life – Our second year

One year and 3 months since the low-key launch of this site as “just another expat blog”, we’ve had some great growth, thanks to our many loyal readers, Facebook, Google+, and Twittter followers, and resulting top search rankings on queries about living in Uruguay.

Google SERP showing Uruguay Expat Life at the top for query: uruguay expats
¡We’re numero uno!

What we have yet to do, is give you, and really, ourselves, Mark Mercer (me) and Lisa Marie Mercer, the co-owners, and co-explorers on this next step of our adventure, all the reasons we’re here. Continue reading Uruguay Expat Life – Our second year

Tech Startup Movement in South America

Stylized drawing of Uruguay map with computer users and students, family watching internet cloud video on large flatscreen TV,  foreground featued image of female physician referring to electronic medical records on a tablet while examining a male patient. Inset map of Uruguay's location in South America
Montevideo and Uruguay – Growing Technology Hub.

Uruguay is the place to be for tech opportunity. As is “Technolatina” South America in general. Startup or established, large or small business.

Yesterday on our social networks, I shared a new article from new-business, entrepreneur-targeted Fast Company, which noted that Montevideo, Uruguay is becoming a Technology Hub. My link goes directly to my comments on their report, where I explain that in many ways, it’s not just “becoming”, it already is. I give solid reasons and examples why, including how I was “discovered” by a major cloud software / services company, NetSuite, by virtue of moving to Uruguay, and got a job as a technical writer here in Montevideo – by virtue of having “changed the rules of the game” for my career, because I moved out of a growth-challenged society (USA) into a growing, business-friendly one (Uruguay).

Same Mark Mercer, same skills. Career prematurely executed in USA, in demand in Uruguay.  Read the link for the details of why Uruguay is right for business, Continue reading Tech Startup Movement in South America

Expat Author Meeting in Punta del Este

The Punta del Este meeting of Susan Joyce and Cherie Magnus was amazing. As expected, the two women had much to discuss. Read the details here:

A Meeting of Creative Minds in Punta del Este Uruguay

Edit 2013-03-23: Susan Joyce’s home on the web for her books, art, blog, and more, is now live at LullabyIllusion.com.