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Is it time to switch?

Is it time to switch…. to writing in English?

I started this blog in 2007. There were a couple of reasons for me to start the blog.  I wanted to……

  1. learn how to blog.
  2. get better at distilling my ideas.
  3. practice my writing in Spanish.

Is it time to switch…. to writing in English?

In the last 9 years and 4 months, I have published 108 posts, which is about an average of 1 post a month, which I guess it isn´t all bad, but if I go back and look at what I have learned, I think I can do better.

Because of that, over this holiday season, I have started thinking about projects that I want to take on, why are they important to me, and how I can prioritize which projects to do first (always more projects than I can handle at once).    So I am going back to the idea of the blog that I started 9 years ago.  I want to revisit the idea and see if I can go further with my blog as I move forward.

Now, I don´t think I will ever be as good as my cousin Jana, but she is a professional writer, and pretty awesome.  I, on the other hand, am just a guy that wants to learn and share new things every day.  No…… do not go and think that I am going to actually write something every day, but I digress.  Back to my thoughts….

Learn to Blog

So, learning how to blog was really more about learning how to have a blog,  manage the writing process, the production process, manage the website, deal with servers, etc.  As of now, I think I have a basic sense of that.  Since I launched the blog, I have built, managed, launched, etc, more than 40 websites.  So, the experience has been a good one, but I still think I can focus more on how to get better at the content production process, which is something I really want to learn more about.

This has caused me to wrestle with the idea of writing in English.  Obviously, up until now, I have decided not to do that. I have no problem writing in Spanish (that doesn´t mean anyone can read it… hahaha…. I am ok), but since I have been living in Latin America for the last 11-1/2 years I use my Spanish every day, so I guess that shouldn’t be a criteria to keep writing in Spanish.

Distilling my ideas

I have read a lot of successful people say that blogging helps them distill their ideas.  It makes a lot of sense.  The idea of presenting a point of view, with no feedback prior to pushing the “publish button” is a bit unsettling, but is something I want to get better at doing and make more of a part of my life.  I guess I could keep doing that in Spanish, but the more I think about it, the English language is a bit more succinct, so if I am trying to distill my ideas down, English seems like a reasonable option.

Practicing my Spanish

Well, I wouldn’t say I am perfect in my Spanish, far from it. But, I have been living in Latin America since 2005, and spending pretty much every day in Spanish.  I think I can let my daily life allow me to get in my “practice.”

So I don’t think the blog NEEDS to be MY location to practice my Spanish, so back to the question at hand:  Is it time to switch my writing  on the blog from Spanish to English?  I think it is worth a shot.

So, here goes nothing, I am going to start writing in English and see how that goes.  Hopefully I will be able to get a few more things out than the average 1x per month that I have done for the last 9+ years.

Feel free to make your comments in Spanish or English.  I don’t mind