A New Kind of Blog

There is a world of information about Ecuador. It is one of the most popular countries for people who want to retire to a place where the dollar goes much farther than in the US, a place for adventuresome families who want to experience a new language and exciting culture. However, much of what you read or hear does not touch on the practical, the problematic, or the local information necessary to make things work. There are many blogs which are basically daily diary’s from people who live here. But this blog will be different. We know how hard it is to get accurate and timely information. We have been through it. All of us who live here have learned step by step and we question whether it is necessary to have every newcomer reinvent the wheel. We hope this blog will help shorten the learning curve. There are many hurdles but all are surmountable. What is required is patience, an understanding of local ways, and a realization that you are going to live in a country which is not the same as the US, Canada, or Britain. Our choice was to live in the wonderful city of Cuenca in the Southern Sierra but this may not be your decision and you will therefore have to look further to find the answers you need for different areas like the coast or the Amazon. Please realize that all the suggestions and ideas are based on our experiences. Ecuadorian regulations change rapidly and must be checked before you make any investments or major decisions. Please email us at Sailorburr@gmail.com and let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Blog structure

This may be an unnecessary post to most people but there may be some readers who are not familiar with the way blogs are structured. As blogs grow in size, only the most current postings are shown on the opening page. You have to go to the left side of the page in order to click on older or specific postings. There are a number of ways to do this and each will take you to something that is not visible on the opening page.  The first way is a listing called “Blog Archives” which is a chronological listing of postings. Just click on the arrow so it goes vertically and you will see a list of all the postings during that month and year. Click on the posting you want and it will take you there. A second way to find subjects is to click on “Labels” which will show you postings by subject and the number of postings on that specific subject. Click on one that interests you and all written on that topic will come on the screen. A third way is to read the opening page to the bottom, then click on “older posts.”  This will take you to a second page and, after reading it to the bottom, you may find another entry saying “older posts” which, when clicked on will take you to more pages of postings all in chronological order. Then there is the listing on the left called “Links” which will show you blogs and websites that we find interesting. Click on the link you want to see and it will take you directly to that blog or website.  We hope this little treatise will help some who are new to blogs navigate around the page.

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