Why you?

Our first newsletter 1I created the Brittany and Pays de la Loire blog back in January from the ashes of my old French property rental website which was no longer needed. I thought it would be a good way of sharing my own (and others) experiences and interest in the area whilst at the same time showcasing my website development and traffic building skills to a niche audience. It”s not unique – there are many hundreds of good quality blogs covering the same ground as this one, nor is it the busiest blog – yet, but it is moving in the right direction and the addition of a small-but-growing group of guest bloggers is certainly helping to keep the subject matter broad and interesting.

Back to the “Why You?” question. If you are not already one of our regular contributors….

We now think that the blog has developed into a really nice resource that we think you might like to take another look at, and which might be able to help with your business too. More of that later, and we hope you choose to read on.

Moving to France?

We have several guest bloggers who are at various stages of relocating to France and who are diarising their personal and business experiences for the benefit of our readers. Philippa Lyall has just relocated permanently to France and is trying to establish a couple of businesses; Len Clark is renovating an old farmhouse in the Loire Valley; Anne Williams is documenting her own move to a quiet village life in the Pays de la Loire.

If you have anything to add to their posts – to reinforce the point with your own experiences, or perhaps to give a different point of view, why not contribute the occasional comment? It”s easy to do – just click on the post title, scroll down the page and add your comment.

200 Years of “Boites de Conserve”

Our first newsletter 2Did you know that the process of conserving food by heat treating it and hermetically sealing it in a container has just celebrated its 200th anniversary, or that it was invented by a Frenchman? Or that more French people live in London than in Nantes? Or that Champagne can cost £45,000 a bottle?

If you read the blog you would know these things – and much more as we bring you quirky, interesting articles to supplement the regular contributions from our guests.

Are you a holiday property owner?

How have your 2010 bookings compared against 2009? Have you witnessed a slowdown? What”s been the biggest cause – economic slowdown, exchange rate, prices charged for accommodation, or perhaps a combination of all three?

Take our bookings poll and add your own comment

Can I help you?

From helping to vent your frustrations with French bureaucracy to building the trust of like-minded individuals, a regular blogging spot could be for you. It costs nothing but a little of your time and as well as enlightening our readers it could help you to do more business – blogging is a great way of developing a passive following from people who could be more inclined to do business with you if they can see that you have a knowledge of, or interest in, a subject relevant to their needs…

Find out more about contributing regular posts

My blog is based on WordPress architecture, and uses a premium theme to deliver what I think is a neat design. Whilst WordPress has traditionally been associated with blogging it is rapidly becoming a framework suitable for the development of fully functional websites too, with integrated blogs, nice SEO features, and an easy content management system so that website owners can add and edit pages, add images, change navigation etc without having to ask an expensive web designer to do it for them.

If you are thinking about a new website and would like a little help setting up, building and hosting your WordPress site, please get in touch. Here”s an example of a WordPress site that we built for a client recently…

Normandie Rentals Website

Until next time…

Martin Jarvis, Blogger and Website Developer

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