Do I Have What it Takes to Be a Blogger?

 

Writing

What is the one skill you see in other bloggers that you wish you had?

That is today’s NaBloPoMo prompt.

As a novice blogger, I have been – in the last three months – acting like a sponge, absorbing all I can learn from WordPress’ courses. I followed Blogging101 and Blogging 201, and I am currently doing Photography 101. Next on the list is Writing101.

I have found the courses incredibly helpful, and recommend to any blogosphere starter to not miss any of them. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel, as everything is mapped out for you; all you need is to apply and practice what they offer. The high point is the combination of WordPress staff with the community of bloggers, which together, make for the best learning method one can think of. They are not only the GPS system but they drive you to the destination, and when you are ready, they let you experiment too.

I came across many experienced bloggers, mastering their craft and still finding time to share their knowledge, tips and suggestions so that we, novices, could get up to speed. That makes being part of this new global community of learners and givers, the best part of the blogging experience.

I am making new friends too. Some of these bloggers don’t publish their names or gender and yet, I feel close to them, like old friends.  I hope there isn’t a robot on the other side. Ok, I am just trying to be funny.

In retrospect, thanks to all above, I became a better blogger after this period. The blog looks better, and I am at ease to write; I found my place and voice and blog with confidence. And the best is: I don’t write ‘essays’ with over 1,000 words anymore!

What I can never master though, is the command of writing as a native English speaker. That is the skill I wish I had.

Speaking English 24 x 7 for 19 years, as I have done for my work and private life, and even thinking and dreaming in English (in Technicolor too), hasn’t been enough. I know that I am much better at business English than everyday’s language. I also live in a country that has another mother tongue, what at best makes me perfectly fluent in ‘Dinglish’ (Dutch and English).

One needs to live the language to be able to know all expressions used in colloquial settings; only then one will  be able to express ideas, and be understood, with the same richness, as a native speaker can.

 “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to this heart.”  –Nelson Mandela

That is what I am talking about.  I have a long way to go to become better at it.

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26 thoughts on “Do I Have What it Takes to Be a Blogger?

  1. Lucile, you definitely have what it takes to be a blogger. I can’t believe you still consider yourself a novice. Your blog is deep and intellectual. And really quite lovely. I’m so glad we have connected over the miles! Carol

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  2. Lucile, you have so much to share partly b/c you’re not a native speaker of English–your multicultural lifestyle enhances your blog. Just this morning, I was telling my family about your Amazon photos. You also have a thoughtful perspective on life, with a sense of humor thrown in. No wonder I enjoy your blog. 🙂

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    1. Dearest Sandi. Heartfelt thanks.
      This is a big compliment. And I truly value your views.
      You make me happy with your visits and always insightful comments. My blog becomes much more interesting with which you bring to it.
      PS. I am starting to become embarrassed with this post; I am happy to get criticism but not at ease to get compliments. And I was really focused on the English language skill.

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  3. This and your quote the other day shows you have the wisdom to realize the nuances of communication. I like thinking of the division of language as the technical, which is portable from place to place, and the cultural, which incorporates the many unique elements that don’t apply elsewhere. You’re doing fine!
    About that Wednesday quote again, been making good use of it, thank you! Like the question you asked yourself here, whether I’m making any sense is another matter (that’s today’s post).
    http://4dframework.ca/2014/11/12/putting-it-all-together-so-far-nablopomo-day-12/

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  4. Your English is excellent and you’ve definitely got what it takes to be a blogger, whatever that is. I guess it’s a passion for writing but also a willingness to engage with your blogging community which you’re clearly doing.

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  5. Again, you share with us your inner thoughts and feelings and that’s what allows us to connect with you! Thanks for sharing … And I must tell you that I’ve always been so impressed with the fact that you are multi-lingual and express yourself so well…. I can imagine it’s the same in Dutch and Portuguese and any other languages too!!!!

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      1. I would love to be able to speak at least one other language. I know a few people from mainland Europe and they all know English. Some know other languages too. But us English rarely make the effort the other way round. I personally find it real hard to grips other languages

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  6. Very thoughtful post! I would never have known you weren’t a native English speaker unless you mentioned it. You are a superhero blogger in my eyes!! And trilingual?? My husband learned German first, then Spanish (Latin American), then English; how I wish I spoke more than English 🙂

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    1. Hi Terri. Thanks for the compliments. You’re very kind.
      I’m def not a native speaker…I master business English because that’s the one I’ve always worked with. My husband always says that I use way too serious words and lots of corporate jargon as well.
      Maybe you can practice a 2nd language with your husband…but English is universal and if I were you I wouldn’t bother.

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  7. Hmmm… some questions to ponder. What would convince you that you are fluent? Is being a native speaker a goal? While I don’t know the stats off the top of my head, I believe more people communicate in English than those who have spoken it since birth. I feel it is more important to be understood and it doesn’t matter when the learning started. Unilingual speakers of any language don’t know every nuance, usage and meaning of every word. And it’s okay. It’s also impossible. To add to the first questions, what has prompted the concern?

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    1. That’s not about being fluent as I reckon I’m. I meant to say that language is a carrier of a culture, values and beliefs of a nation and for that, a foreigner may be fluent to speak and write but not to ‘read’ the way of thinking which is expressed through colloquial language.
      One needs to live a while in a country to start grasping the culture through the language.

      My point was more from the fact that I speak and write English in a different context and also not only with native speakers; for instance, I may not grasp your jokes and find no humor in it. Remember when you said that in Japan you stopped using the word ‘like’ abd why? That’s what am talking about.
      Thanks for commenting, Hilary. Appreciated your interest.

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