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:
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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