2016/11/09

5 REASONS WHY I CHOSE TO WRITE IN ENGLISH

As you might have noticed, English is not my first language.
Yet I still keep writing posts in English, why?

I've been blogging in English quite a few years now. Why would I want to
blog in English? Why don't I want to write in my native language, Finnish?
As you might also know, I'm a huge fan of challenging myself. I want to do
things I'm not so sure if I'm able to do.
I know, that my English isn't fluent. I know my grammar is not the best
grammar from the books we've studied from the 3rd grade.
Yet I still keep writing in English, why?

Here we go, 5 reasons why I chose to write in English.



#1 MY CONTENT & FINNISH SOCIAL MEDIA CULTURE 
DON'T WALK HAND IN HAND

This is something I realized at the very beginning I started my blog. Before I
started my own blog, I used to read plenty of other blogs. Mostly from abroad,
like Sharon Osborne would say. The content between blogs all around the world
compared to Finland are quite different. They might seem similar but when you
really focus on what you read, they have so many differences.
I feel like I can express myself better when I'm writing in English, without
anyone saying "do you think you're a better person when you've got so many
makeup reviews when you don't actually know anything about makeup?"

#2 LARGER AUDIENCE

I would be a fool if I didn't say this out loud. I mean, I've never aimed to be a
huge famous blogger some day, but if I do change my mind - I'd rather have a
larger audience to do that.

#3 LEARNING

As I said before, my grammar is not the best grammar. My choices of words
aren't the best choices. I'm here to learn. I'm always trying to learn new things
and what would be the better way than learn the language by trying to write it?
And I would be the fool again if I didn't say this out loud - but this cannot be
the worst English you'll read in your life. But here I am, learning.
Never said I was perfect at what I do.

#4 NEGATIVE COMMENTS

Such a funny thing, I used to have plenty of negative comments when I wrote
in Finnish. I used to have them when I wrote half in English and half in Finnish.
All of those negative comments were from Finns. My hate rate dropped
enormously when I started writing in English.
There is saying, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." 
It doesn't work in this country.

#5 FOR FUN

I think this is fun. I'm more interested about my blog now when I'm writing in
English. Don't know why, but I genuinely enjoy of it.
I wouldn't change a thing.


PS: This is not meant to being rude for Finns or anyone else on this planet, these
are all my own opinions so before you let the hate flow, read that text I wrote.





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24 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you and I can relate to what you are saying. I also chose to write in English for similar reasons.

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    1. Haha, happy to hear I'm not the only one lol :D

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  2. Aw I really liked your honesty and I don't think there's anything inherently shameful about writing in English since it's one of the largest languages and a huge portion of the blogging community communicates primarily in English! Great blog! Do your thing, girl!

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    1. That's true! Thank you for your lovely comment Heather! xx

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  3. I think it's a great idea to write in English and have that wider audience - and most people in Finland can read it in English anyway :)

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  4. I write in English too! Never tried another language but funny to see that you don't have hate mail anymore now! So good!

    Sabine
    www.sofarsosabine.com

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    1. Hahah, yeah - it's pretty much a cultural thing.

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  5. Your written English is really good! You should be proud you can write in both languages - i wish i could speak another language so good for you! :)

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    1. Hahah, thank you Abigail :-)

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  6. I would love to speak another language but can totally understand why you write in english! Really interesting post! www.callmeliz.co.uk

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  7. Leaving out the obvious requirement to use English to reach a global audience, I think it's really important to practice languages, you forget them otherwise! I never used Swedish after I finished college and I've all but forgotten everything about it now, which is a downright shame. Besides, your English is absolutely fine :)
    Katja xxx
    www.katnapped.com

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    1. That's true! I've been using only english, finnish, swedish & spanish lately, but after studying germany for 8 years I've forgotten it because I don't use it as much as I do use other languages :D

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  8. I love all your reasons for writing your blog posts in English, but I will also say that your English does seem really good. You are very lucky to know two languages, I wish I could speak and write in another language too. Maybe one day I will learn how too.

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    1. YAY, so happy to hear that hahah :D I know you'll learn :-)

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  9. I can completely relate to this when I started almost a year ago and I was unsure as to write in German or English! I am glad I took this route, it is so helpful and therapeutic.

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    1. Yeah, writing in foreign language is sometimes challenging but it's also so god damn rewarding :-)

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  10. Like you English is not my first language and like you I've been blogging in English since the beginning. About 5 years ago I began posting in both Spanish and English until I went back to just English. I think the audience is broader as most countries have English as a second language. In my country we say: learn English for business purposes and French for diplomacy - of course its an old saying as now I'd probably have to learn Chinese.
    Lorena
    www.myeverydaywear.blogspot.com

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    1. Chinese would be so fun to learn! I've heard it's pretty hard though :D

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  11. I think your English is excellent. It's so good that you challenge yourself and yes you're definitely reaching a wider audience! Ree love30

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  12. I totally understand you! I am also a blogger (a book blogger tbh) and a few months ago I decided to start posting in English as well. I write some of my reviews in English in order to reach more people, and that's a fact! There are many books I read in English and reviewing them in Spanish is a nonsense, because no one in here knows them, and the main objective is the total opposite, I think.
    It is not my first language either, but I feel comfortable now and that's something that won't change, that's for sure!
    I post kind of 60-40 Spanish-English for now, because there are many books I have to review in Spanish, but my goal is to reach 50-50 someday.

    Keep going and have a nice day!!!
    Anna from https://hollandandbooks.wordpress.com/

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    1. 50-50 sounds wonderful! & Spanish is such an amazing language, me gusta <3

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