10 Things I’ve learned from running an Expat Facebook Group

I am THAT woman.  I don’t know how it happened, but I am the mug that runs our local expat Facebook group.  I assumed there would be one (an expat Facebook group, not a mug) when I arrived in Johannesburg.  After all, I’m sure every major city has had at least one of these groups for ages.  I searched for it before I arrived, I asked around when I got here.  I got tumbleweed.  So eventually, I stepped up to the plate and set one up.  It took all of 10 minutes to pick a name, write a description, add a photo, select the settings and add a few friends.  I think I started off with about 10 people.

On the back of the initial 10 minutes that I invested, not much happened for the first couple of weeks.  Then a lot happened.  It’s become a bit of beast.  A much needed and generally much appreciated beast, but a beast nonetheless.

Here are 10 things I’ve learnt from running an expat Facebook group (and yes, there are links at the end of the post).

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Chicken Dumps Pig?

Yep, that was today’s lamppost headline of the day.  Chicken – dumps – pig.  I’m sorry to say I couldn’t track down the actual story on the Daily Sun website.  I tried.  Instead I did dig up an alternative sensational chicken story that they ran last year.

It appears that the Daily Sun is a goldmine for catchy and unusual headlines and juicy juicy stories.

Chicken Dumps Pig!

Back to reality……we had a Dragon Crossing the road, a Severed Spider Corpse hidden amongst the pool toys and a Giant Praying Mantis scaling the side of our house.

What can I say, it’s just another day in Africa.