March 6, 2012

For the Love of Blogging in Kuwait. It's Expat and the City's Two Year Anniversary!

Giveaway includes one unisex gift purchased from Louis Vuitton in Salhiya Complex, Kuwait.

Two Years ago on March 7th, 2010 I started this blog and began writing about living and working in Kuwait. I had no idea about blogging or what I was doing.  I've made mistakes and messed up on several occasions. I'm a painter not a writer but I quickly fell in love with writing and my new blog.

Time has flown by and I've had so many amazing experiences thanks to Expat and the City. Over the past two years I've had several good friends join me along the way but most quickly lost interest. (Thanx to you know who & who. :P) Blogging takes a lot of dedication in Kuwait because most of us work or study too many hours. The Internet is painfully slow and your patience can wear thin.

The best part of having a blog here is the new friends I've made. I didn't get into blogging for any other reason than writing about my life so meeting wonderful people from Kuwait and around the world was just an unexpected bonus. I now proudly have many Kuwaiti friends that I cherish and love. I would never be able to say that if it weren't for Expat and the City.

There is nothing wrong with advertising, going to events or having sponsors on your blog. Some bloggers make a lot of money and I think that's great. I didn't expect to have so many readers (almost 600k page views) much less invites to all of these incredible events from Kuwaiti sponsors. Along with my fellow bloggers I've been invited to blogger dinners, sponsored events, movie premieres, car shows, celebrity meets, salons, spas, IMAX, the cinema, exhibits, launches, car races, Ramadan dinners, hotel openings, restaurant reviews, etc.

I remember when I first received a request for advertising on my blog I didn't know what to do. I emailed Mark from 248AM and he responded right away saying he was a fan of my blog. I thought, WTF? This popular blog knows I exist? That really made my day and he was super sweet and professional.

I also remember the first time Desert Girl on Kuwait (I'm her biggest blogger fan / stalker ;) commented on my blog. I was almost jumping up and down that she read my post. I just think so highly of her Majesty, the Blogger Queen of Kuwait. She helped inspire me and countless other bloggers to write about our experiences living in Kuwait.

Let me not forget to write about American Girl who is such an amazing writer and true humanitarian. I really look up to her and how she chooses to live her life. She is just lovely inside and out!

Then there is Zain telecom that just took me under their wing and never forced me to post anything. They made sure that even though I'm American I am invited to the coolest events in Kuwait. They never forget to make us bloggers feel special at every occasion and holiday you can think of. I use Zain for my telephone and Internet service. I pay just like everyone else and choose to use them because I personally feel they are the best in Kuwait.  Thank you Zain! Muwaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Then there is my Kuwaiti blogger family! Just too many bloggers to list (His and Hers, Moody & Cheeky, Trying to Be Fahad, Pauline, 7ajiDude, Sunshine, Q8Stig aka Stiggy, BananaQ8, Desert Blvd (Vainglorious & Ambrosial), LadyB, NewBride, Just Noon, 965 Malls, Soor Avenue, Hello965, Pisces Chick World, B&D Kuwait, AMA Traveller, Jacqui, Journey Kitchen, Ladies Who Do Lunch in Kuwait, Crazy in Kuwait, The Grapevine, Musaed, etc.). I LOVE YOU GUYS!!! You are so wonderful to me and it makes my life in Kuwait so much brighter. Thank you for your acceptance and generosity. You mean the world to me!

I decided not to do a sponsored contest for the blog two year anniversary. I thought and thought about what to buy as a giveaway that would be unisex. I thought of the perfect gift from Louis Vuitton that both a girl and guy would appreciate and need. It is one item from LV and I hope the winner will like it. :)

The contest is simple. Follow @ExpatandtheCity on Instagram and Twitter to stay in touch with the contest updates and news. If you do not have Instagram / Twitter then just check back frequently with this blog for updates. :) Take a beautiful photograph of Kuwait that represents why a visitor would love coming to Kuwait and post it on instagram (not a requirement for those of you that do not have instagram). Tag me in your Instagram post @expatandthecity.  Also email me the photograph as an attachment to expatandthecity.gmail.com so we can post it after the submission deadline.  Write one or two sentences on why you took this photograph and how it represents your love for Kuwait. 

(If you do not have Instagram or Twitter you can just email your picture you took to expatandthecity@gmail.com with a brief explanation of why it represents your love for Kuwait.) 

This giveaway is for residents of Kuwait only. Close friends (you know who you are), family and co-workers are not allowed to participate. You must be able to provide a name, telephone number, email and house address for Aramex delivery. Once the winner is announced you must contact me via email within 48 hours.

The contest starts now and you have until Friday, March 16th at 12 midnight. The winner will chosen by the three of us and several members of the US Military. I've created a panel of judges that way it's not just 'us' @ ExpatandtheCity to make it as fair as possible.

Thank you readers and bloggers for all of your support over the past two years. I hope you will participate in this contest and take the best photo of Kuwait to show your love and win.

xoxo <3

51 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary to your pinkish Bloggy hehehe aaaw thank you for mentioning me which really made me happy and special muwaaah muwaaaaaah ;** I hope ur still going to post until in ur 100's yrs old:Pp btw the giveaway is pretty thoughtful but unfortunately I don't think i'd be able to join since I have no instagram program to follow u:( good luck to others and goodluck dear ;**

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    1. Thank you sweetheart! :* You are special to me and I love your openness and honesty on your fabulous blog.

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    2. Oops, I forgot to add that you can send in a pic without Instgram. Read the bottom of the post. :-)

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  2. Great post! Hope the contest is a huge success :)

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  3. Congrats our American/ Kuwait Queen !

    BIG fans of your blog dude ! KEeep It Real! ;)

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    1. Thank you very much Dudette and the 7ajidude gang! :* It's such an honor to be your American Queen. Heehee! ;P I feel the same way about your amazing blog. Your contests are a lot of fun. :D

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  4. Happy anniversary my dear friend!! xox

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    1. Love you Vain! Y'all rock @ Desert Blvd. xoxo

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  5. awwwwww thats so sweet of you!! I honestly think you are the sweetest blogger out there! all the help you have given us, the support, AND the seasick bracelet! i mean come on :D you definitely deserve all the best, happy anniversary and dont ever think of quitting cuz we simply LOVE YOU!

    ill make sure to participate in your competition ;)

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    1. Thank you sweetie! I love you and wish Cheeky was still living in Kuwait. Y'all are just the coolest!

      LOL Moody! I couldn't have you all nauseated and throwing up on us bloggers. ;P

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  6. First and foremost, 'happy birthday' to your blog :) And congratulations to you for finding your way in the blogging world and sharing it all with us. And thank you so much for your very kind words... truly appreciated.

    I wish your blogging days to be long and happy!

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  7. Waiiiitttt a minute there, Missy! I just read your contest rules and I'm NOT happy (or terribly confused because I'm not techno savvy) -- but what's up with this Instagram thing? Huuuuh?! What about us happy Android users?! Are you discriminating against us because you're an IPhone user? Hmph! How can we participate if we don't have Instagram? :(

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    1. LOOOOOOL! I relaxed the rules a bit just for you and the other Android users. (See revised rules above.) :D

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  8. Oh my God , u are the sweetest :* I love your blog , the honesty in your posts , and I will never forget what you did to me , I don`t know if you remember that , but you encouraged me to keep posting in English , after I got attacked by one commenter that my writing is sucks in English .
    Happy anniversary :*

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    1. Thank you sweetheart! You are such a doll and your comments about JJ always make me laugh. ;D

      Of course I remember encouraging you to continue blogging. Your English is good and those haters didn't know what they were talking about. I love your blog and understand every post you write. :) Keep up your amazing work! :*

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  9. awwww, aren't you the sweeeetest :*
    I love your lots and lots as well , such an amazing blogger friend I practically consider you as a family :*
    Happy Anniversary, yet more to come !

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    1. Thank you so much! :* That means a lot to me. We really are a family in the Kuwait blogger world. I would have never made it this far without your support.

      I look forward to seeing your amazing new outfits on your blog. I am excited that you are also on Helo 965 as well. It's like double the LadyB which still isn't enough. Congratulations on Addiction! LOVE the name and t-shirts! :D

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  10. wohooo, partaay! :P happy anniversary :***

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    1. Thank you Noon! :D Your blog and humanitarian efforts inspire us all. You can count on me for Twinkies anytime! :*

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  11. WOW! Happy Birthday to your blog, Expat. It grew to be one of the best blogs in Kuwait with original posts, thoughtful comments, and generous giveaways. Your interesting experiences in K-town, creative writing, love for the country made me a committed follower to your blog. Wish your blog a successful run and a happy, smooth, fun life in your second home Kuwait. I would love to join the competition but work is consuming my life lately. But I love this idea. So thoughtful of you. Btw, LV? prepare to be flocked by girls.

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    1. What a sweet comment from the heart. *Blushing* Thank you and....LOL! No flocking yet! :P

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  12. Happy Anniversary!!! Mashallah 2 years :D Inshallah many more to come ;*

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    1. Thank you lovely Ambrosial! :* I appreciate your support since day one. :)

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  13. Happy Anniversary :)

    Wishing you more happy years in Kuwait :)

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    1. That is very sweet of you Nawaf! Thank you! :D

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  14. happy birthhhhhday darling blog! I'm still waiting you meet you in person :-) You know I must admit being a always running around trying to get my things in place, work, cooking, blogging ,photographing and then being married (yeah that's work ;-)) so i miss your posts sometimes but whenever i come back i feel the comfort and ease of your personality. Like old friends :-) I;m Android girl :-( so no instagram but i can send you a picture from my camera right?

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    1. Well hello! It's so good to see you back on this blog. I know your fabulous blog, work, cooking and Hubby keeps you very busy. We both need a months vacation out of Kuwait so you can cook for me. Heehee, kidding! ;) I can only wish to have such delicious home cooked food everyday. I will stop by your tempting blog and see what I've missed. Hugs to you and thanks for your kind words.

      Yes! You can email me the picture at expatandthecity@gmail.com You do not need Instagrarm. :)

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  15. Happy annersary , you're blog is amazing and you're the amazing writer keep on and woh you the best of luck :)

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  16. Happy happy happy anniversary to your blog :-) I totally love ur blog and writing style... urs was one of the first blogs i started following while making my decision to move to Kuwait... and it has helped me in sooo many ways ! You are truly an inspiration ! Thank you for writing such an honest and wonderful blog !

    Once again happy anniversary and cheers to many more :-) !

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    1. Thank you darling! :* So sweet of you. I'm glad I could help you with your transition. I'm so proud of you for making it here and starting your own blog. :)

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  17. Happy Anniversary! :)) Thank you for mentioning us dear, you really brighten our days with your comments on our blog, you're a great support and we do appreciate it, even if sometimes life is too busy for us to visit all the friend bloggers out there :) Best of luck for many blogging years to come :*

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    1. Awwwww, thank you sweetheart! I love your blog and how you keep it real. That pumpkin picture cracked me up! :D

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  18. Happy Anniversary ! Awesome blog ^-^ ..

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  19. Happy Anniversary Darling Girl and many, many more xxx

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    1. Thank you Kim! You are such a darling and I always keep updated with your amazing blog. It's on my iPhone and I read it almost daily. xoxo

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  20. Happy Blog-o-versary hehe I can't believe I've had this post open for close to a week now and I just read the contest will try and participate but I'd like to congratulate you on your two year anniversary hehe the honeymoon phase is about to end and you are going to start feeling more comfortable with your blog now. Just wait and see :P

    Pretty soon you'll start neglecting it and it'll yell right back at ya :P I know because I've been there and felt all of that :P But looking forward to more posts from you! :D

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    1. Thank you cutie pie! :* I love your unique blog. You are such a tech genius!

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  21. just found your blog. love it! Very interesting experiences that you share in this blog. Happy anniversary. ^__^

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