I am a French female blogger living in the US and I share my views with a different perspective, on disabilities, religion, cultural differences, social media, sociological, psychological and political comments, everyday moods and events of an atypical family.

I have been blogging since 2006 and gradually entered the world of social media which in turn changed my relationship with my work. I now advise small businesses and non-profit organizations on how to develop their online visibility and presence and help them navigate the new means of communication and tools that are changing today’s world.

All about me

Otir: a French blogger since 2006
Otir – an online avatar that everyone knows

I started blogging in French. My very first blog was intended to retell some of the very particular stories of my everyday life, far from my family and friends I had left behind when I moved to the United States in 1998. I wanted to let them picture what it was like here, with my children and how things could be so different from what they were imagining. I had in mind that sharing our experience could be eye-opening. I had always been passionate about cultural differences, after all, that is why I had undertaken language studies when I was in my twenties, dreaming of being an interpreter at the United Nations (I never pursued this career).

I blogged daily. Every day there was a new story that was coming to my mind that I could share. Sometimes, it was about my son with autism, sometimes it was about something in the neighborhood that had surprised me, sometimes it was about my other son and his school, sometimes it was about my victories with my life, sometimes it was about a painful memory or a funny one. Every day I felt inspired and I did not really mind whether I had lots of readers or not, I just was happy to feel free to write and blog. It was easy and the tool was exhilarating. My readership grew by the virtue of the networks: we all had blogrolls, and from one click to another we were encountering other bloggers, some who were pioneers, at a time when blogging was still an oddity.

My readers became very interested in my views on my country of adoption. After all, what they knew about the United States was biased by the mainstream media and having first-hand accounts of how we were living our lives, very very far from what Hollywood or CNN would choose to picture, was very appealing. That is how I realized the power of first-person accounts in the ability to change people’s perspective and to broaden points of view. That’s where I saw the power of blogging.

I was also writing about our practicing rituals from a different religion, a minority one. Speaking about religious matters in French can feel bizarre sometimes because religion is often a taboo matter, as much as speaking about sex would be in America. I was very open about my being Jewish and about my having absolutely no agenda to proselytize. I discovered how much I loved talking about my faith, my rituals, my synagogue through blogging.

My network had grown and it felt like I was never alone, an exhilarating feeling when you go through a painful divorce, life with a special needs child, single-parenting, adapting to a new culture, in a different language, and with different rules. At the same time, living in a very supportive rural community was multiplying this feeling of being cared for, carried and inspired to grow and give back.

This is the goal of this blog: to share, inspire, and expand stories.

I hope that you will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy putting them in writing.

Please do not hesitate to connect with me: like and comments make me happy each time. It never gets old!



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