Ukulele & Languages

Different countries,
Different cultures
one common language... the ukulele.

Time for a change for Ukulele & Languages: feedback needed

07 2009

Update : this post was published at my previous blog address so the redesign has already taken place. I would however still appreciate any feedback you would like to give on the blog.

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This post is going to be a bit lengthy so if you are pressed for time, in short I am thinking about redesigning this blog and moving it from this platform.I would therefore really appreciate any kind of feedback on the blog, stuff you like, things I should improve, your favourite posts etc… Please, please leave a comment so I can improve this blog and provide good content.

And now for the long version of the story :
When I started this blog on the 17th of February 2008, I didn’t really know where it would lead me. I just decided to start it because I loved writing and needed to express myself outside of my work sphere. My blog was then a much needed outlet but completely lacked focus.

My discovery of the ukulele changed things around quite a bit. Since I didn’t know anything about it and didn’t play any other instrument, I could marvel at its potential and try to put it across in writing to help potential would-be ukulele players.

An unplanned hospital stay in March followed by two months off work really helped me reconsider what were the really important things in life. And I made the most out of that long break by focusing on things I really liked. I realised that the Internet was great for finding people who shared the same interests and who were like-minded and I made new friends in the virtual world.
One of Al’s posts on Ukulele Hunt linking to my blog was the reason I started writing in English. I saw in my stats that many people landed on my blog from Uke Hunt and I figured they would most probably become really frustrated with a blog in French. I initially intended to write in English for the duration of Al’s break but once I got started I realised that I really enjoyed writing in English.
But that was not it. I could not set aside my passion for languages. Again my frustration of not being able to use any of my language skills at work pushed me to make the connection between the ukulele and languages. That’s how the first post on Ukulele & Languages was born on the 4th of May 2009. I really enjoy writing this posts as I get to do a lot of research on the countries, languages spoken and different cultures.
Writing this post has enabled me to look back on key phases of my short blogwriting history. I have yet hundreds of things to learn on the subject and you can really help with your feedback. I’d appreciate if you could spare a few minutes of your time to let me know what you think so I can figure the type of contents you really like and ensure you
enjoy the future new blog. Please leave a comment on this post or email me. Your help will be greatly appreciated. If you’ve experienced moving a blog then I’d like to hear about your experience too !

What a few people have said about the blog :

Ukulélé Social Club de Picardie (FR)

My Dog Has Blog (FR)

Panther Red (US)
I’d like to end this post by thanking all of my readers. Special thanks to Al from Uke Hunt who has always been very helpful, to Tim, Marcelo and Alex for being regular readers and for leaving comments or emailing me and to all the other subscribers.

2 Comments »

  1. Tim on the 7th of August 2009 @ 00:08

    Hi Armelle,

    I’m biased of course, as we share identical interests: Ukulele and foreign languages.

    Because of this, it’s difficult for me to make an objective comment.

    Sorry to have to “sit on the fence” :

    Tim

  2. Armelle Europe on the 7th of August 2009 @ 00:32

    Hi Tim,

    thanks all the same :)
    One thing is for sure there’ll be plenty of ukulele and languages in the new site. I’ll just have to go through the nightmare of moving the posts and redirecting everyone. But I think it will really be worth it !

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