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.