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!

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  • Maja Harder Thygesen

    I totally agree, I am not native either and blogging in english can sometimes be challenging

    http://www.majaharder.com

    • It can be indeed, but I wouldn’t change it! Thank you for commenting πŸ™‚

  • I can 100% relate to this post! I started blogging back in 2013 in Italian but in my country the blogging world is so much different from the UK and I realized I couldn’t reach many people, because Italian is spoken mainly in Italy ahah.
    Watching YouTube videos has made such a big difference: I don’t even know how to say some beauty related things in Italian anymore, because they sound much better in English. So I switched my blog both in English and Italian and yes, I probably make grammar mistakes (I used “Grammarly” for a little while but mmh not great) but who cares. I always think that people can excuse me for a grammar mistake because I’m not a native English speaker. πŸ™‚
    Have a nice weekend love x

    Caterina | caterinasosso.com

    • So glad you can relate to this post! I don’t even worry about the grammar mistakes anymore, especially since I sometimes find some in English blog posts!

  • Yiotou_La

    Many people ask me why I write in English instead of greek, well if I wrote my blog in greek, noone would read it (except of my mum) since blogging isn’t popular here. I struggle too and it can be challenging to write in english and I sometimes say ‘does this make sense?’ and I read it again and again to make sure I make less mistakes.

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

    • Yes, I sometimes think it is a good thing as we probably check our posts out more than most English bloggers do, and at the end of the day, our posts are perhaps more accurate and edited than theirs!

  • One of th reasons I chose to blog in English was, among reading and watching everything in English as you said, that I was not comfortable in the German beauty blogging (and most of all vlogging) community. With a few exceptions I found mostly very young women there with lifes and concerns I could not relate to. Blogging for German women above the age of 25 is rare.

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

    • Well, I for one am glad that you decided to share your wealth of knowledge and insights in English, I learned so much through you. xx

  • English is one of my main languages, the other is Bahasa Melayu (main language spoken in Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia) which I am much better writing in and yes, my biggest struggle blogging in English is grammar. Thankfully my husband helps me by proof reading all my posts before publishing, without him doing that, you guys will be reading lots of mumbo jumbo. LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Proof reading is a must! Lol, your English seems pretty good to me (not just the blog posts, but also when I hear you on your Insta Stories)!

  • I love your blog and style of writing! I really admire you (and the ladies below) for writing in a non-native language! xx

    Beautylymin

    • Oh, thank you, it means a lot πŸ™‚

    • I agree! Props to you for blogging in your non-native language! I’m a native English speaker and still have a ton of spelling and grammatical mistakes in my posts XD

      Mili | sharmtoaster

  • Native English speakers make so many spelling and grammar mistakes in blog posts (I’m sure I do!), that it’s definitely not something worth stressing over. I hope this blog helps lots of other non-native English speaking bloggers out there. It’s so odd that there’s not much on the web about it

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

    • Yes, it is, especially since I know lots of people who have chosen to blog in English despite being a non-native! Thank you for commenting πŸ™‚

  • Love your ideas x

    http://www.themollyellis.com

  • Elise

    Love this post!
    Elise | http://www.elisebythepiece.com