Addicted to Blogging in English?

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:

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.


  1. I usually use Technorati and Google Blog Search to track anyone who mentions me. BlogPulse is also good tool.
Submitted byABZeeon Fri, 03/07/2008 - 01:48

I agree that English is an important language and blogging in English is more open than blogging in Thai. However, as many people say, English is not enough. People all over the world still use their mother tongue and they do prefer it everytime they could.

In my opinion, there always be a similar content on the internet. So instead of making another one, I would make it in a language no one used before and hope that it would be useful to someone. But sometimes it has to be chosen between expressing oneself to the "world" or spreading knowledge throughout the "world", and this is really hard.

I have a crazy idea which I'm trying to do in my new blog.
If there exists the same content, I will blog in ANY language.
If not, I will blog in EVERY language I could speak! How does that sound?

Submitted bymarkpeakneton Fri, 03/07/2008 - 15:48

ABZee: In practical, when you write down your thought once, that's enough for that thought. How can we pretend to rewrite the same thing (in different language) ever and ever?

My solution is to choose the most appropriate language, depends on the story I write.

Submitted bypreetam raion Fri, 03/07/2008 - 23:39

This post also is being featured at Global Voices. I wish there were more bloggers in Thailand who blogged a bit in English. BTW, we are organising a blogger meetup on this Sunday at the Londoner near the Phrom Phong sky train station at 2 PM. Drop in if you are free.

Submitted bymarkpeakneton Fri, 03/07/2008 - 23:44

Preetam: I'm not in Thailand now. Maybe next year :D

Thanks for your promotion on Global Voices as well.

Submitted bykohsijaon Sat, 03/08/2008 - 10:19

I've try that before, but with another reason.
I blogging in english to avoid Thai teen badass.

Submitted byfatroon Mon, 03/10/2008 - 23:26

Agree, it's always the good thing to share knowledge globally but what about your fellow Thai "like me" who cannot read it fluently ~.~

But hey.. think local, act global, right :)