Having a foreigner as ex-boss and spending half a year abroad makes me understand globalization better. The first and foremost point is to speak same language with the world, English.
I read a lot of English news everyday (Blognone readers should be aware of this). But reading English makes you just an observer. You're still nobody in the international society. Only writing in English can spread your opinion to the world. Anyone remember this blog? Problem of Open Source in Thailand. Oops, sorry it's in Thai. I began my experimental months ago. Blogging in English requires much more effort but the benefit is worth. Now, your thought is accessible by Google, Technorati, Digg and other internet tracking tools1. It increases the chance to meet more people around the world. Not limit only by Thai as before. And finally, blogging in English is no harm for Thai people. They still can read your blog (if they want to).
These are some results:
- My blog about Twitter client created by Adobe AIR was commented by Jonathan Snook, creator of Snitter. Also as Ryan Stewart from Adobe.
- My idea of Long Tail Election Reporting System was mentioned in Global Voices Online.
- The picture of TIME magazine with Thanksin on the cover is used at COUNTRIES AT THE CROSSROADS GOVERNANCE BLOG.
- Also with the picture of Monocle magazine is used by Singapore blogger Kevin Lim (I met him at ReMIX 07)
- My OLPC pics from FOSDEM is being used here. Can't read but lovely. Anyway, these may be from Flickr but the idea is same; to blog or tag in English.
- My Firefox 3 UI rant was commented by Asa Dotzler, Mozilla community co-ordinator.
- The howto of Installing Ubuntu on MacBook Air is gaining traffic from Google and half of them has TLD I don't know before.
Now you should get the idea. Thailand is too small and no one is looking at us. Do I mean something like the US? No, US is still too small. What I want is the world, one and unified (by internet) world. Traveling around the world now can be done in millisecond. Anyone in the world can talk to you. The only crucial thing is talking in the same language with them.
As you can expect, I will try to blog more in English.