BLOGGING IN ENGLISH WHEN NON-NATIVE
Considering the overflow of blogging tips on the internet, I was very surprised to find very few articles about blogging in a language which isn’t the blogger’s native one. I am nonetheless sure that it is a question which every non-British, non-American and non-Australian blogger must have asked himself, just because -it is a fact- English reaches a larger audience. So here I am, straying away from the usual beauty content and strictly talking about blogging today.
WRITE LIKE YOU READ
The answer came quite naturally to me, perhaps because I have started blogging when I was already thinking about exporting my French life to Great Britain, yet also because most of the blogs and YouTube Channels I was following were British ones. And this Write like you Read policy would be my first suggestion. Everybody who is thinking about starting and running a blog is, hopefully, already an avid reader, and if English Speaking ones are amongst the aspiring blogger’s favourites, then the vocabulary is already here, somewhere in the brain. Long before moving to Scotland, and starting my blog actually, I have found myself asking for a ‘concealer’ in my local French Sephora instead of the French ‘anti-cernes’, that proves how much my brain was already trained to think English when it comes to beauty.
OVERCOME THE FEAR OF THE GRAMMATICAL AND SPELLING MISTAKE
What the little perfectionist that I am was the most apprehensive about. Blogging for quite some time now, I’ve learnt that it is okay to make mistakes, in fact everybody does, native or non-native speakers, renowned blogger and little ones. A blog isn’t a book: blogging is all about the process, the journey, the latest post is all that matters, not the one written one year ago, so progress is allowed and more than welcomed, something which I personally find deeply reassuring!
FORGETTING THE SCHOOL LESSONS
Along with the fear of making mistakes usually comes a writing which is perhaps too formal and lacks of personality. Looking back at how I used to write, I can definitely say that it is better to forget about the English skills and instead, go with the flow. The vocabulary doesn’t have to be elaborate, it simply has to make sense and be accurate. This is where everyone can take advantage of the overall simplicity of the language, where being well-spoken isn’t as important as the personality which is transcribed through it!