Quickie on The30Day (Blog Challenge)

Hola folks! Quick note – I, site co-owner Mark Mercer, am still doing the Suitcase Entrepreneur 30-Day blog challenge from Natalie Sisson, that I posted about the other day. I’m just not doing it all right here at Uruguay Expat Life.  I’m looking at it as a much-needed buttkick on my entire online presence and entrepreneurial activities. Oh, you can still join it, and should. It’s not like she’s gonna hit you with a ruler for being late for class. (Right, Natalie? Please…)

30 day challenge

We’ve chosen our own location for now, Uruguay, but it is in fact “location independence” that let us choose it – and the belief that “no freaking idea how yet, but we’ll make it work out” when we decided to pick up and head South. That self-belief and willingness to pack up and go for it are key points from Day 4

Putting it in the terms of one of Natalie’s key points for Day 2: START taking action and defining what your ideal lifestyle looks like., that’s what we had to do to make the big move, which we started over 2 years ago when we, without quite naming it yet, decided to do a “Uruguay Reality Check” trip – revisit our memories of a short visit, but check the prices in hardware stores, groceries, rentals, explore a bunch of places we might choose to live, begin to look at how we’d fund our overseas life… but most important, book the frakking tickets and DO IT!

I’m going to define that all the stuff I’ve been working on this week qualifies at least for my Day 2 through Day 4 activities in the Challenge.

Which includes:

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

South American Authors Social Media events coming up!

¡Hola de Marcos!

Sorry that Lisamaria and I have not been blogging lately. We’ve had a big pickup in freelance work for both of us. Landed a new Social Media marketing client, in the middle of a big Social Media upgrade project for a client from back in the States. “In the middle of”, as in, I was up all night to make sure I pushed a site upgrade out to my client in Boston before his start of business. Ah, the joys of being a “location-independent digital nomad”!

Couple tango dancing outdoors
Tango in La Boca Barrio of Buenos Aires

Lisa is meeting up in Punta del Este on Wednesday, with two authors who live in the Southern Cone. One of them is our new client. The other woman is also an expat, living across the Rio Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina, teaching Tango. I’ll leave it to Lisa Marie to post more pictures and info. But in brief, Cherie Magnus transformed her life in amazing, unforseen ways, when she left the USA for South America. She tells her tale in her memoir, The Church of Tango.

As for our author client (and friend), Susan Joyce, get ready for a riveting read of adventure under fire, marriage to a spy (likely a double agent), heartbreak and discovery, love and adventure in Europe and the Mediterranean divided nation of Cyprus, her development as an artist, which ultimately led to a new life here in South America.

I’d link to her author sites, but hey, I have to build them for her first! Get busy, Mark! Edit 2013-03-23 (I have been busy!): Here’s Susan’s site, her Author Platform, blog, and website for her memoir, The Lullaby Illusion, now at LullabyIllusion.com. It has her comments, thoughts, latest activities, and a blog where she’d love you to chat with her. Also links to all her social networks at Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and tools for you to share to your favorite social nets and bookmarks.

We may be setting up a webinar with Susan and Cherie, and possibly some other authors of non-fiction and/or fiction that have a South America or other expat connection. So stay tuned!