If you’d like to write more in English than you can on Twitter, try blogging.
A great way to have a really simple English blog is to use Posterous. Posterous is so easy that you can even blog just by writing an e-mail! It will be posted to the blog automatically. Yes, even if you attach photos. (It’s amazingly easy!) Posterous is in English, but there are many “how-to” guides in other languages. Just search for “how to use Posterous” in your language. Here’s a guide in Japanese, for example. You can even share a Posterous account with other people, which is really nice. (So several people can write a blog together.)
Using a service like Posterous, WordPress.com, or Blogger may help you get more international readers and commenters. If you use a blogging service that is based only in your language, it may be more difficult to find English-using readers.
It’s fine to write a short blog post. It’s a good idea to decide that you will post at least once a week and choose a day to do it. (It’s easy to forget about it if you don’t!) However, I’m not good at doing that, either… Anyway, if you try to blog every day, you’ll probably get too tired and stop doing it.
Picking a theme makes blogging much easier. Of course, you can always write about your daily life, your language-learning, etc. That’s fine too!
Here are some things you can write about:
- Reviews of restaurants in your town
- Anything else food-related, like grocery stores, bakeries, etc.
- Photos and comments about how English is used in your area
- Pet/animal/nature photos and descriptions
- Photos and information about people’s fashions
- Your cooking or crafts
- Interesting places to go in the area near you
- Reviews and your thoughts about TV shows, movies, music, or video games
- Reviews and your thoughts about books or comic books/manga
- Explaining local traditions (festivals and so on)
- Your outdoor activities such as hiking
- Cool or funny things from stores
And yes, it’s really fine to write about things in YOUR town in Japan, Korea, Hungary, or wherever. Many times, there’s not much English information about a place on the internet. If you write about a bakery, temple, hiking spot, etc., and give its name, location information, and so on, people will be happy to read about it. (A friend was very happy to find a blog post about a Korean sewing shop in Seoul once! She was able to go there and buy supplies.) So most people will not mind if your grammar is not perfect. It can be fun to write things that people want to read!
Of course, if your blog is mostly for yourself, it’s OK too.
Remember that your blog is public (on most blog services), so be smart about how much information you give out!
If you start a blog, or if you already have one, please tell me about it! Comment here or tell me on Twitter. Thanks!