If that is you, then this article is for you more than ever. You might remember that in my 2014 New Year's Post I put a call out to anyone wanting to start a new blog about their language learning progress. Here's what I said:
I don't see enough of real people, dedicating time to language learning along their normal lives. If you're learning a language in the evening, at the weekend, in your lunch break, make your voice heard because you will inspire so many others.
Well guys, here we are nearly half way through the year. It's time to talk to you about this blogging. Have you started yet? If not, here are some quick and easy tips to get you started. Leave a comment and share your blog. I can't wait to see it and hope to share the best of them right here on Fluent!
Where to Start Your Blog
There are many dedicated websites out there showing you how to start a blog, and in fact most website builders come with blog facilities are built in. The core message for your personal blog as a language learner won't be included though, because there's only one step to take: Get Started!
It doesn't matter if you sign up to Wordpress, Weebly or Squarespace, or what your domain name is. All that stuff can be fixed later, but getting started should not wait. So here are the steps:
- Create an account on a blogging website
- Write an article
- Put a picture on it - and you can have lots of fun with your images using apps like Canva and WordSwag
What to Include In Your Blog
It is not easy to answer the question of what you should include, but I know how tough it is to be staring at the blank screen or page when you are first getting started. So here are five articles I would like to see on every language learner's blog. Link to them permanently if you can, for example from your homepage, so that all new visitors to your page can easily learn more about you.
- Which language(s) are you learning - why those?
- What do you find really annoying about language study?
- What do you find really awesome about language learning?
- Do you have a favourite place to study? It would be so interesting to see pictures.
- What was the first time you spoke to a native speaker like?
These ideas are of course not a "must write" list, but if you are short of inspiration why not pick one and just get going? Even 500 words of writing could be the start of a truly excellent blog. For example, if you look all the way back to the start of Fluent you will find a pretty quick note - my commitment to grammar. Good job it hasn't damaged my business!
Inspiration is easy to find on the web, but don't feel as if you must hold yourself to the high standards of quality that an established blog produces. The really big names, even in language blogging, have a lot of help with planning, editing and producing great posts. That might be where you're headed, but right now it's just about getting something out there.
Share Your Blog
It is no fun to be writing when no one sees your articles, so let me help you find new friends and readers.
Here's what to do:
- Write a comment in response to this blog article
- Include a link to your blog and your own favourite article
- Tell me in a few sentences why you started the blog
The best submissions will be featured on the Fluent blog in future and invited to submit a guest post too. Can't wait to hear from you.
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