My native language is Bulgarian, yet my site is in English. Why?
I’ve always had the “language dilemma” when it comes to my online presence. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you probably have noticed some of my posts are in English and others are in Bulgarian.
The reason for this dilemma is that I was never quite sure which “audience” I should target: my closest friends, relatives and other Bulgarians, which are the majority of people I know and relate to, or the much wider audience of… everyone else (who speaks English). The latter group being much more appealing from a blogger’s perspective, of course.
A lot of the Bulgarians I know understand English, so they should still be able to read my posts, but the truth is I want to use Bulgarian as well — it’s a great language, I want to preserve it, but most of all, it’s the language I’ve been using my whole life.
As to why this site is in English, I decided that if I was going to write on the topics of design, development, technology, and more, I might as well do it for a wider audience. It’s more practical and I get a decent chance to practice and improve my written English skills.
I’m not sure if anyone ever cared about my language preference and the justifications behind it, but there you have it.
Sums up perfectly how I feel about Facebook. Why even bother publishing content if you know the only way it will reach all of your friends and followers is by paying money to advertise it?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been recommending things I like to people around me. Films, sites, games, gadgets — everything. Most recently, I’ve been fascinated by all kinds of web services and other tech-related products which make my life easier.
I also follow a lot of tech blogs, and some of the more popular among them often have “sponsor posts”, i.e. paid posts advertising a product to the blog’s audience.
I’ve never felt the need to get paid just to talk about something I use, so I’ve decided to start publishing “non-sponsor” posts — short reviews and recommendations of products I enjoy using, without anyone actually sponsoring me.
Instead of blogging, people are posting to Tumblr, tweeting, pinning things to their board, posting to Reddit, Snapchatting, updating Facebook statuses, Instagramming, and publishing on Medium. In 1997, wired teens created online diaries, and in 2004 the blog was king. Today, teens are about as likely to start a blog (over Instagramming or Snapchatting) as they are to buy a music CD. Blogs are for 40-somethings with kids.