Why I Blog In English?

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English is not my first language, it is actually my second. My mother tongue is Malay language and I speak this language most of the time. However, at work, during meeting or while communicating with my superiors, I use English. All of my written reports, instructions, paper works, reference manual etc also are in English. When it comes to internet surfing, most of the websites and blogs are in English. Even my favourite local newspaper is The STAR, which is written in English . In short I apply more English at work and during surfing the web. Oh yea…. and also during watching TV and movies. However, don’t be mistaken. I’m not that good in English, but I’m still continuously learning and improving my vocabulary, pronunciations, comprehension, writing and communication skills.

Having a blog like this, totally written in English is also one way or my strategy in improving my writing skills. It took me slightly a longer time to make a post because I have to carefully structure a sentence to avoid silly spelling or grammatical mistakes. I don’t mind the extra time because I know it is worth posting in English. You can also notice that I don’t use bombastic or flowery English. My writing are just pure basic straight forward English. Sometimes, I ask my wife (who has better English) to proof read my post and edit wherever necessary (that includes this post!). This is one of the reasons of me having an English blog –> to improve my English. The other two reasons are:

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International Language

English is an international and universal language. More people in the world understand and use English compared to other languages. That means English medium website(s)/blog(s) have more exposures and more readers, hence bigger market to capitalize. This will lead to more traffic being generated.

It is such a great advantage to have audiences from all around the world. It is fun to communicate and associate with people who have an enormous difference in time zone than us (which means from other continent). A lot of things (ideas/opinions) can also be shared and learned, on top of the opportunity in making many more new friends. Who doesn’t like to have new friends, great isn’t it?

More Monetizing Opportunity

There are countless advertising companies offering money making opportunity for bloggers out there. All of these companies require English language as the main blogging medium. Some of those advertising companies are Google Adsense, ReviewMe, TextLinkAds, PayPerPost, Kontera, TTZ Media, and many more. By registering and participating with their programs, chances of earning more money from the blog(s) are more wide open. There are already a lot of part time bloggers changing their status to a full time pro blogger, thanks to the money making opportunities provided by those advertising companies.

Exception can be made to Google Adsense which allow some countries to use their own language (Indonesia for instance); and also local advertising companies such as Nuffnang and Advertlets (in Malaysia), which accept local language blogs.

To other fellow local bloggers, no offense in writing in your mother tongue language. It all depends on why you want to blog. It might be for fun, to share with others, to keep a record of your activities or to make new friends in the virtual community. I also read a number of quality Malay language blog and I found them very interesting, informative and attractive. As for me, blogging has become a very serious hobby as well as an emerging industry. I love to write and share with others. At the same time, wouldn’t it be great to get some incentives from doing the things that we enjoy? What about you?

P/S: For your information, this is a recycled blog post. I just re-post this article back after 5 years. The actual date of the publication of this blog entry is 25 February 2007. The comments are all the original ones that were made 4-5 years back. What a nostalgic post. I did not change it. I just change the publication date and inserted a new image (credit to observingvessel.wordpress.com).

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25 Responses

  1. mrozaidi says:

    Yes..I Want To Try writing Like This…

  2. zura says:

    Good to know that you want to try it.

  3. azwanhadzree says:

    ha..ha.. Star is my favorite too. Read daily at office but only buy once a week, on Saturday. kedekut 🙂

    I think the only reason i blog in english is due to there’s more opportunity to make money.

  4. zaki says:

    Azwan,
    Yeah….you’re right. We’ve got about the same reason dude…

  5. Bat says:

    The reason why i didn’t blog in english is just because, I can’t put my feeling into my words. Well, obviously because the lack of writing skills, huhu..

    I’m new here, hope to enjoy your writing from now onwards.. 🙂

  6. zaki says:

    Bat,
    I totally understand your situation. I’ve been there and I’m still there too. However, I’m pushing and challenging myself to overcome that barrier. I hope a lot of our local bloggers will grab the challenge and do that.

    However, it all depends on the person’s blogging intention. If he or she blogs for leisure and for the fun of it, without wanting to stress themself to write perfectly and correctly, then they should just do it with the way which is easier for him/her. After all, we blog for fun/hobby/make friends/mingle in a community etc.

  7. exinco says:

    that right, we going international, plus more opportunity

  8. zaki says:

    Yes, that’s right. It is a border less international world and the opportunities are wide open.

  9. Aizat says:

    Hi! Like your writings. I also blog in English because it ‘ll help to improve my English as I am also in a process on learning.

  10. zaki says:

    @ Aizat

    Thanks. I tried visiting your site but couldn’t be connected to it. Hopefully it will be OK soon. I hope you can stick around with my mumblings in the blog.

  11. afham says:

    sure nk tarik adsense nie..

  12. zaki says:

    @ Afham,

    Adsense is just one of those ads. At least I can utilize other ad network.

  13. Bent says:

    So am I.. I never know how to speak and writing in English before although I’m just finished my secondary school..everything happen after I has join the MLM company and I force my self to learned it 🙂 I know I have lot of mistake while I’m writing but I don’t care..I believe I can recover from my witnesses soon. god bless me 🙂

  14. farahaznil says:

    fuyohhhhhh…..lama punya gali

  15. titan says:

    haha..ni post dari zakiyamani.com tu kerrr??

  16. Long says:

    I can’t speak English that good that is why aku menulis dalam Bahasa Melayu.

  17. cyza says:

    Yeah…dig – dig – dig…hehe

  18. cyza says:

    Titan,

    Yes, you are right…still remember?

  19. cyza says:

    It’s ok bro…as long as we are happy with what we do…ain’t it? I’m not good either…I’m just trying…

  20. sukacuka says:

    language styl tht bro used very simple and easy to understand. Actually, i comment in english also to improve my english writing. thank you bro.

  21. cyza says:

    Haha…maybe that is because I also know basic English. So, can only write simple and basic English. Anyway, it’s good to practice your English using comment…

  22. farahaznil says:

    sila pasang lagu “gali-gali gali lubang”…haha..salleh yacob ka?

  23. samdaddycool says:

    I blog in both malay and English, I think my reason blogging in English just as same as yours.

  24. Jomtonton says:

    “My writing are just pure basic straight forward English” – Yes i totally agreed with you bro.. I give you 9 out of 10 marks. Hahaha..

  25. cik premier says:

    its really2 can improve ourselves.. seriously.. ;))

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