The New Joburg Expat, a New Webinar, And a New Word for Your South African Dictionary


If you are South African or in any way familiar with life in South Africa, you will know exactly what that means.

If you’re not familiar with the wonderful applications of the word Eish!, here is a perfect example:

This Thanksgiving break, with the house full of kids coming home from college and a mountain of food to cook, I inexplicably got it in my head to migrate my blog from Blogger to WordPress. (I will be extolling about the pros and cons of both platform in another post). What I should have done is a) picked a more opportune time when I wasn’t already extremely busy, and b) created a test domain to migrate my blog to before switching to live, which I could have built in peace and tested to my heart’s content until it was rock solid.

But I didn’t. Instead, I read a few articles on exporting and importing content, did the exporting and importing, and after a few cosmetic fixes to my new theme, went live.

To say this created problems is an understatement. I feel like I haven’t slept in about 10 days as a result, there is so much cleanup to do.

About 2,000 broken links and counting –> Eish!

Lost all my comments –> Eish!

Re-imported all my comments and now have duplicate comments on many posts –> Eish!

Lost all my social media share numbers for those wonderfully popular posts –> Eish!

All images in blog posts were the wrong size –> Eish!

Installed new security to keep out hackers and managed to log my very own self out of my website –> Eish! Eish! Eish!

You get the idea. Still, I’m glad I did it anyway. Going the sane route with a testing domain would have been more prudent, but it also would have taken, oh, 300 years for me to test everything and be happy with the outcome. Instead, I created a dire emergency, which instantly catapulted this project to the top of my priority list, and this is why it’s getting done at all.

And I love the new Joburg Expat. Even though many features aren’t yet to my liking and many broken links have yet to be forwarded, I have so many more customization options than I did with the old blog. I hope it won’t take too long to regain my readership lost in the transition, and I hope that the reader experience to you all will be greatly improved going forward.

In the meantime, if you come across anything amiss on Joburg Expat that isn’t working right, i.e. a particular broken link or being redirected to the wrong place, please let me know.

Moving on. I’m excited to announce that we are hosting another FREE webinar for expats moving to South Africa or newly arrived. This month’s topic: Road trips – routes, safety tips, how to manage the police, and common questions about cars.

webinar series Moving to South Africa by Joburg Expat and Translating Me

By “we” I mean Hannah Pirnie of Translating Me and myself.  Our first webinar about the 5 mistakes to avoid when moving to South Africa sparked a great discussion, and we believe it was very helpful to the participants.

You can also access our webinar recordings at a later date for a fee if you can’t make the date, but participating in the live event is free and allows you to ask specific questions you need answers to.

Head over to our signup page if you’d like to participate.

What: Road Trip Webinar
When: Tuesday, December 12th 2017, 7:30-8:30 pm SA time


I look forward to seeing some of you next Tuesday. In the meantime, feel free to browse Joburg Expat by using the (extremely powerful) new search box on the right (near the bottom of the page for mobile), or by clicking on any of the categories. If you come across a broken link, please send me a quick note using the Contact tab.

And you’ll be forgiven for shouting a loud “Eish!” into the ether.