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Time For A Change

Paris Opera Garnier

For a little while now, I’ve been getting a feeling that it is time for me to make some changes in my life. I’ve become quite fascinated by the idea of increased simplicity, and the associated concept of ‘quality over quantity’.

My longing for less but better has manifested itself in all sorts of changes at home and at work. I’ve upgraded furniture and I’ve overhauled my wardrobe (both the physical space and the clothes in it).  We’re eating better food and I’ve completely cleaned and redecorated my office. I’ve ruthlessly sorted through drawers and cupboards and I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the results, both in terms how things look but more importantly, how I feel.

Now my intuition is telling me that the time’s right for me to apply these very same principles to Distant Francophile.

My intention is to explore subjects more deeply and deliver more quality and value to all of you who take the time to read and engage with this blog. This isn’t to say that we’ll be taking everything super seriously – no, no France is way too much fun for that. But you will be seeing more in depth articles a little less frequently.  I want to ensure that I’m sharing useful, interesting or thought provoking content that either helps you out in some way or provides you with deeper insights into France.

It will obviously result in changes to our posting schedule – I haven’t quite worked out what a higher quality posting schedule looks like but I know I’ll still be posting regularly.

Other ideas I’m playing around with at the moment include: 

  • More guest posts. The response to the posts that Jan and Claire authored has been fabulous and I loved being able to share alternative perspectives on France and French travel.
  • More tools to help you plan that perfect French trip. I’m also looking at ways to supporting your French dreams and dilemmas more interactively.
  • Changes to the weekly update. This will only be noticed by those Distant Francophile readers who have subscribed for weekly emails. If you haven’t already subscribed, and you don’t want to miss a post, you can sign up easily by popping your name and email address into the form below.

One thing that won’t be changing is the use of Scotty’s photos on Distant Francophile. They were one of the main reasons we launched Distant Francophile in the first place and we love sharing all of our favourite shots with you. And that’s another exciting element we are exploring – how we might make our favourite prints available for purchase.

While we wait for that plan to develop, if you are a photography fan make sure you follow us on Instagram where I post regularly. Lately I’ve been playing with shots of France that really inspire me, and I’d love to have you join in the fun.

Your turn now. I’ve shared some of the things I’m considering changing here on Distant Francophile and I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to see when you visit our blog. Please let me know what you’d like to see change here. What would you like to see more of? Less of? Are there any subjects you’d like to see covered in greater depth? I’d really appreciate you sharing any feedback you might have. 

And until next time – au revoir.

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