Frederic de Villamil

. @parultongaria Language and blogging are a real critical issue I’ve been struggling with since 2003 when some US, UK and ZA friends started to read me.

I think I’ve tried almost everything since then.

  • Write the English translation under the French post: really long, I would end not publishing anything anymore.
  • Having an English blog and translating only what I think is worth the effort: English blog never updated.
  • Pay someone via @textmaster to do the translation: only a few tech translators, very expensive or translation not accurate (and I don’t earn a penny with that blog).
  • Move to full English: most of my readers are French and I’m not sure they’d keep reading me if I wrote in English. Plus I consider writing pretty good things, and the French startup scene needs more quality content.

I really can’t make my mind. As I’m using English more and more at work, it becomes easier to me to write in English and harder to write in French. This results in my blogging TODO becoming bigger and bigger everyday. So what I’m currently doing is mixing between French and English.

Most of my short notes (like the one you’re reading) are in English: http://t37.net/notes Also I’ve gathered my posts in English under the obvious English tag, I’ll add a menu entry and a RSS icon for those later: http://t37.net/tag/english/



Frederic de Villamil

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