[English] Blogging in English, Why not?

Having been blogging for some years, I believe it’s time for me to leave the comfort zone of blogging in Bahasa Indonesia. I have known English since I was in Junior High School, but I always hasitate to write in English. I always afraid of making gramatical mistakes in writing because it can be recognized easily, especially by expert. But, now I realized it was wrong, very wrong indeed.

Blogging in English involves two kinds of expertise: Writing itself and English, including, of course, English Grammar. In speaking, people still sometimes even if we use gramatically incorrect sentences. But in writing, things are quite different. Here are some tips of blog writing in English:

1. Just do it. We can use free writing technique to brainstorm ideas. Free writing is a great way to start writing an article because it allows us to freely express ourselves and release our ideas from our head. Just write till you are running out of ideas. You can edit it latter. The Free writing technique is included in a free writing newsletter titled in Webmerdeka.com

2. Involve your readers to correct your writing. Let them correct and criticize written posts in our blog. Their comments indicates that they understand and enjoying our blog. After all, they wouldn’t comment if they don’t understand your would they?

3. Tell your English Classmates to read your English written blog. You will get a lot of wonderful comments and useful insights from your friends. It is also possible to bring your printed blog post in English to your teacher and classmates.

4. Don’t rely on Google Translate or other means of mechanical translation. Yes, they are quite useful to find the meaning of certain words your are not sure about. But they are not human being who has emotion and feeling. Language is not just a set of words and grammatical rules. Language is also about culture, habits, way of life and, of course, emotion and feeling.

5. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. It is better you make mistakes in your own blog rather than your company website. Yes, it is in writing, so people especially language experts can easily recognize our mistakes. So, make it a part of learning. Don’t get discourage if somebody criticize your English writing.

6. Practice, practice, practice. The more we practice our English writing, the more expertise we become.

We will never know who will read our blog because the Internet has become a borderless world. a great way to share knowledge and information. We can use blog to share our thoughts, feeling and opinions to the world. And by writing our blog in English, we will be able to reach even wider audiences and readers. Maybe they will offer us business opportunities or any other interaction. Who knows?

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Posted on Mei 25, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 25 Komentar.

  1. Yeah. Why not. Thanks. It reminds me on my previous plan to blog in english.

  2. heheheh saya coba dulu cari translator 😀

  3. Well done, mas nahar. Well done. Congrats for ur 1st english article in ur blog..

  4. tranparamole said: Yeah. Why not. Thanks. It reminds me on my previous plan to blog in english.

    ok, lets do it. I’ll wait for your blog posts in English

  5. beautterfly said: Well done, mas nahar. Well done. Congrats for ur 1st english article in ur blog..

    Thank you for your appreciation mbak, you may correct the grammar or any other things .. 😀

  6. bimosaurus said: heheheh saya coba dulu cari translator 😀

    boleh mas, silakan 😀

  7. Actually, I did post several in english. But, not serious articles as I recall. *searching them

  8. tranparamole said: Actually, I did post several in english. But, not serious articles as I recall. *searching them

    well, in blogging we are not always do serious writing or writing seriously .. 😀

  9. Here are some:multiply.com/m/item/tranparamole:journal:277multiply.com/m/item/tranparamole:journal:39multiply.com/m/item/tranparamole:journal:43multiply.com/m/item/tranparamole:journal:92

  10. And I’m planning to translate my newest journal at http://multiply.com/m/item/tranparamole:journal:282 into english. My Italian multiplier contact ever wrote that she didn’t understand my journals since they were written in indonesian language.

  11. I’ll visit those posts later, Insya Allah. Thank you very much for sharing. Keep writing and blogging in English .. 😀

  12. Semangaat… Lanjutkan…*btw, komennya pakai bhs Indonesia, ga papa kan ?

  13. Boleh juga Inggrismu. Aku sudah caprk berInggris di kantor seharian, sejak 2001-sekarang. Dulu aku semangat nulis di Jakarta Post, sekarang males

  14. yuniezalabella said: Semangaat… Lanjutkan…*btw, komennya pakai bhs Indonesia, ga papa kan ?

    boleh mbak, silakan … bebas koqterima kasih semangat dan dukungannya yaa

  15. agamfat said: Boleh juga Inggrismu. Aku sudah caprk berInggris di kantor seharian, sejak 2001-sekarang. Dulu aku semangat nulis di Jakarta Post, sekarang males

    he he he, masih belajar pak, udah lama gak nulis pakai english .. gimana caranya nulis di Jakarta post?

  16. Ya nulis opini saja, 5000 karakter. Ada di bagian Reviewku. Sekarang masih juga sih, ghosrt writer buat orang

  17. agamfat said: Ya nulis opini saja, 5000 karakter. Ada di bagian Reviewku. Sekarang masih juga sih, ghosrt writer buat orang

    he he he, belum pernah PD nulis buat dimuat di media massa mas .. :Djadi ghost writer susah ya, kayaknya pekerjaan berat tuh

  18. agamfat said: Boleh juga Inggrismu. Aku sudah caprk berInggris di kantor seharian, sejak 2001-sekarang. Dulu aku semangat nulis di Jakarta Post, sekarang males

    hehehe fluent dong mas Agam ini….Keren-keren…

  19. Nahar, ghostwriter duitnya ok. Tahun ini saja sudah 3x di Jkt Post atas nama orang.Yun, tetap logat Jawa dong hehehe

  20. yuniezalabella said: …

    pasti sih begitu mbak .. ;D

  21. agamfat said: Nahar, ghostwriter duitnya ok. Tahun ini saja sudah 3x di Jkt Post atas nama orang.Yun, tetap logat Jawa dong hehehe

    pastinya kerjaannya lumayan berat ya mas.

  22. hehehe dibilang berat, ya kadang berat. tapi pernah hanya 3 jam ngetik sudah kelar, ditambah 2 jam riset baca buku

  23. agamfat said: hehehe dibilang berat, ya kadang berat. tapi pernah hanya 3 jam ngetik sudah kelar, ditambah 2 jam riset baca buku

    Waah, hebat tuh mas, kayaknya musti belajar biar nulis ada hasilnya secara materi .. 😀

  24. nah, aku dulu menulis karena masalah survival hehehe jadi sudah terlatih, sekarang tinggal kalau niat saja

  25. agamfat said: nah, aku dulu menulis karena masalah survival hehehe jadi sudah terlatih, sekarang tinggal kalau niat saja

    The power of kepepet ya mas .. :Dkayaknya saya juga perlu begitu tuh

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