Are you blogging in a second language?
This is the third installment in the miniseries ‘Through the eyes of a newbie blogger’. The first post (here) talked about feeling overwhelmed under the wealth (and weight -:) of information when you are just starting as a blogger. The second post (here) reviewed one of the most preached principles of blogging; necessity to attract large ‘tribes.’ In this post, I will talk about blogging/writing in a second language.
This topic is of course close to my heart since I write in English, a language I did not know when I first arrived to an English-speaking country. While I initially learned English out of necessity, I am now using it as the language of choice for my writings; blog posts and others. Reading other blogs made me realize that this is not uncommon. People from all corners of the globe have chosen English as the language for their blogs and writings.
Reason for this is obvious. Over time and through ‘series of events’ language spoken in England was exported to all corners of our planet. As a result, English became what it is today; ‘worldwide language’. So if you want to connect with that world, you will have to use English. And bloggers do want to connect -:)!
This is not a new phenomenon. Long time ago Latin served the same purpose only on a smaller scale since the known world was much smaller then, and lacked rapid interconnectedness we now have through the internet. Besides far fewer people could read and write in those days. It was a privilege reserved for aristocracy, clergy and alike.
So how we (non-native English speakers) are all doing writing in English?
- Not so sure?
- Scared of making mistakes?
- Not writing as much or as flawlessly as you would like?
Apart from ‘confident’ I have and continue to experience everything else, especially c) and d)! And this is after years of writing in English both at my daily work, and during my University studies, long before I started blogging. But they are few things I have learned during those years that I am now going to share with you in my next post. In the meantime just remember – it takes courage to write and especially to publicized it – it takes even more courage to do it an a second language.
- Is blogging addictive? (lanternpost2012.wordpress.com)