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    Quote Originally Posted by Hector View Post
    Well, and I speak for myself here, blogging does help improve our writing skills. In my case, I'm use to read a lot and care for the quality of my articles. I always proofread my texts and check for phrases that might not sound logical or are hard to understand at first sight.

    Due to the nature of my career (I'm a web developer), I've been forced to learn english because almost all manuals are written under that language. So, even if I didn't want to, I ended up learning english in the process. Of course, I can't claim that I've mastered it - I still have a lot to learn. However, I can say that I know enough to express my ideas clearly (even though I make mistakes sometimes).

    Blogging does help, but only if you are interested in learning the language and continuosly look to improve your knowledge of it. It's just a matter of practice and determination.
    I have to admit, I'm not much of an English expert too, because I live in Malaysia, where most Chinese speak Singlish (www.wikipedia.com/wiki/Singlish), or, broken English.

    But since I've started blogging, my English has improved a lot, naturally. If you read my poems written before I've started blogging, you'll realize a lot of grammar mistakes.

    Blogging improved my English because

    I read other blogs - Usually, when you blog, you'll read other blogs too because you want to know more about a certain topic of your interest.

    (Further more, if you use twitter, you'll discover many links to interesting articles, which means more reading!)

    I write - Writing is simply a must to become a better writer. You know I don't need to explain this :P .

    In conclusion, read and write and your English will improve naturally.

    And by the way, you should read more to improve your English, Akira, otherwise you may give a bad impression of WMP to first-time visitors.
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    Spelling is an issue, and using a style guide can really help you keep consistent.
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    I like to read other blogs daily, big, small and startup. They all help with writing style I feel and give me an idea about what I like and dislike about other blogs so i can do it (or not) myself.

    Spelling however, is an issue and I really could do with getting a decent spellchecker and grammar checker in firefox or wordpress.

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    Is it necessary to choose a nice topic for the blog ? I'm thinking of opening a new blog at blogger.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneakyheathen View Post
    I mean this as a serious question: why do people who don't speak English well start blogs in English? Wouldn't it be easier to write in your own language? Just wondering...

    Anyways to improve your grammar, read. Books, not blog posts.
    Would be way easier. But I live in the Netherlands. This country contains only 17 million people. So the ones who might read blogs is a really small number, it is just stupid to not write in English.

    I don't consider grammar as that important, of course, you shouldn't make stupid mistakes all the time, but the message you are trying to give is way more important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan View Post
    Would be way easier. But I live in the Netherlands. This country contains only 17 million people. So the ones who might read blogs is a really small number, it is just stupid to not write in English.

    I don't consider grammar as that important, of course, you shouldn't make stupid mistakes all the time, but the message you are trying to give is way more important.
    I agree you should write in English if you have your basics straight.

    You can always improve during your blogging journey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gloson View Post
    I have to admit, I'm not much of an English expert too, because I live in Malaysia, where most Chinese speak Singlish (Singlish - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia), or, broken English.

    But since I've started blogging, my English has improved a lot, naturally. If you read my poems written before I've started blogging, you'll realize a lot of grammar mistakes.

    Blogging improved my English because

    I read other blogs - Usually, when you blog, you'll read other blogs too because you want to know more about a certain topic of your interest.

    (Further more, if you use twitter, you'll discover many links to interesting articles, which means more reading!)

    I write - Writing is simply a must to become a better writer. You know I don't need to explain this :P .

    In conclusion, read and write and your English will improve naturally.

    And by the way, you should read more to improve your English, Akira, otherwise you may give a bad impression of WMP to first-time visitors.

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    I think it's great that you do comedic children's poems. I do some too - don't know why, or how, but I have done some. Just wanted to share that
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    I learned English at a very young age and i think that my English is pretty good (at least i hope so),anyway even thought my English might be ok,that doesent mean that i am a good writer,it takes a lot more to be a good writer then good knowledge of the language you are writing in,just something you should think about

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