(asked by Sarah, from New York)
Do you think a blog in French to ask an American questions would have a lot of interest? I find it interesting that even though Americans have a lot of negative stereotypes on France, we are very nostalgic and interested in their culture. But, I donâ€™t the impression that the French would be as interested.
Guess what… A little while after starting this blog, I wondered the same thing, and I started that blog. Sure, the concept was a little different as Iâ€™m obviously not American, but the idea was kinda the same.
Well, as youâ€™ll see if you visit it, it never really took off (donâ€™t be fooled by the question from last week), to the point that I tried to change the concept with the “bumper sticker” thing at some point (a stupid idea to show the blog was still alive in order to attract questions).
The ironic thing is that it still generates traffic, not as much as here, itâ€™s more along the lines of 10-20 hits a day. More than 90% of visitors come through one Google search and only one: “What do Americans think of the French?”
So why is that?
Not because thatâ€™s the only thing French people want to know about America and Americans.
Itâ€™s more a mix of:
-In France, we are swamped with American stuff (movies, show, in the news, etc) to the point that most French people think they know America. And any French person that lives or has lived in the US will tell you about all the trouble they have with some of their compatriots that adamantly believe they know everything about the US and that will even dismiss you when you try to make them understand that theyâ€™re wrong.
-In France, admitting ignorance is very hard for some people for many reasons (Olivier M. explains that time and again in his blog that you must read if you donâ€™t do so yet), so French people will gladly google something theyâ€™re ignorant about (and then show off with the recently learned information as if they always knew it), but will be very reluctant to ask a question themselves on a blog with this format.
That being said, if you feel like trying, go for it, and tell us how it goes.