About the Blog
I began this blog back in 2004, hosted on Blogger.com. In February 2008, I moved to the domain AmiExpat.com. This isn’t because my name is Ami, it’s because Ami is a nickname Germans use for Americans, so Ami Expat is sort of German/English shorthand for American Expatriate. This was, to some, a controversial decision, but it’s worked out well so far. At the same time, I migrated the blog to WordPress blogging software (and I should have done that a lot sooner, man).
What is An American Expat in Deutschland all about?
It’s about whatever I feel like writing about. This usually has something to do with living in Germany. Also, as a research statistician by training, I am crazy happy about looking stuff up, investigating questions, and writing up my results. Somehow, I manage to be both easy-going and Type A+ (don’t ask me how that works). Anyways, I have quite a few posts that I hope fellow expats will find helpful. You can find these under the category Tips for Expats.
What’s with all the Thai recipes?
I’m half-Thai, and, if I may be so bold, a pretty good cook. I’m planning on putting up more recipes, but it’s pretty low on my priority list at the moment. As a side note, my mom has a Thai restaurant in Manassas, Virginia. Live nearby? It’s called Siam Classic.
How can I make sure I don’t miss a single post?
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What theme are you using?
Where is your blog hosted?
I use nearlyfreespeech.net, and have been satisfied with the cost and service provided.
What plugins are you using?
CForms – Create forms for your site
Facebook Social Plugin – Integrates Facebook social features
Feedburner Feedsmith – redirects all your WordPress feeds to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber
FlickR Photo Album – retrieves your Flickr photos and allows you to easily add them to your posts
Simple Tags – Extended tagging options
Smart Archives – A simple, clean, and future-proof way to present your archives
Spam Karma – Ultimate Spam Killer for WordPress – works great!
Subscribe to Comments – Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry
What Would Seth Godin Do – Displays a custom welcome message to new visitors and another to return visitors
WordPress Database Backup – Better safe than sorry!
WP Print – Makes printer friendly pages
WP Security Scan – Scans for security issues in your WordPress installation