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Blogging like a Pro when English isnt your first language

“Can I run a successful blog?” I pondered over this for a few months before I started one. If you don’t know that by now, I am originally from Pakistan hence English isn’t my first language. Eventhough all my education has been primarily in English there’s still a part of me that doesn’t feel confident, But if I had to start a blog it had to be in English. If you are in the same boat as me, Welcome to my blog. I will be sharing some tips to make your blogging journey easier as it did mine.

Tip # 1: Check the meaning

Thankfully we live in a world of internet where our best friend is Google. Every time I am unsure of a word I simply Google it. Better to be safe than sorry and it only adds an extra few minutes to my writing time. There are times when I have a word in mind but it just won’t fit well in context, I make use of synonyms in that case. Simply search for “Word” – synonym on your search engine and pick the one that best fits.

Tip # 2: Check your Grammar

This is a tough one, there are times when a sentence sounds good in my head but wouldn’t actually make sense to someone else. Bear in mind I do work in Marketing so a big chunk of my job is communicating to my audience.

To help with that, I’ve been making use of an application called Grammarly, some of you may have heard of it before. It is a very simple, easy to use application that checks your spelling, grammar, punctuation and all that jazz in seconds. Simply paste your text in the Grammarly web app or website and it does the job for you.

Grammarly does have a free version if you would like to try it out before upgrading to the paid version. Makes my life much easier and saves me a ton of time.

Sign up for your Grammarly account here

Tip # 3: Translate

This is for people who know what they want to say but don’t exactly know how. This is when you use Google Translate. It is a great tool to translate almost any language to English (or any other language)

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Tip # 4: Avoid fancy words

As experts say blogging is “dumbed down writing” and some of us are tempted to use big fancy words when writing. This is a big No-no,  however this doesn’t mean you should never use fancy words. Remember when you are writing for an audience, use words they are likely to search for. Keep it simple, that is the key to driving traffic to your blog.

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Tip # 5: Be confident & don’t give up.

If you’ve made up your mind, just do it. It’s all about practice, trial and error. The more you do it the more comfortable you will get. Happy blogging!

If you are looking to get into blogging read my post on setting up a blog in 5 easy steps

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4 thoughts on “Blogging like a Pro when English isnt your first language

  1. wow this is a good read. I was thinking of hiring someone where English was their second language, and this gives me hope! thanks for this.

    Kasey Ma

  2. Blogging in a second language must feel a bit overwhelming. But as time moves on you’ll continue to learn more English and feel more comfortable. Be brave. Be confident. Look at this as a fun and exciting challenge! Happy holidays to you and your family!

  3. This was very insightful post! I couldn’t agree more with you regarding using simple words to create a seamless search in google. You’re doing a great job with your writing and I can see that you didn’t allow English being your second language to hold you back from pursuing your dreams! 🙂

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