I have written many a blog post in a number of voices for a number of topics. When I am writing for businesses, I usually have a rule book I need to follow. There’s usually a keyword or two I need to keep in mind or a link I need to embed. Writing on my own, for myself, with my own rules, is something I have yet to try. So stay with me as I attempt to navigate the world that is personal blogging.
Until recently, I had never considered writing my own blog. But when a good friend of mine (also a writer) showed me her website and all the article topics she gets to post about, I thought.. why have I never considered writing for myself? When I decided to put real effort into creating a portfolio (this website), it really dawned on me how beneficial a personal blog would be.
I mean after all, a lot of the writing that I do is confidential, and I can’t add it to my public portfolio. So, what is a girl to do to show she can write? Well, she can start her own blog.
Writing For Myself
If there’s anything that I miss from my university days, it’s writing about topics I’m passionate about and doing research. A personal blog would give me a forum for exactly that! Heck yeah!! But to be honest, starting my own blog is a rather vulnerable experience. After all, these articles are landing on my own website. The one that is my name .com.
I thought for a while about writing about writing. Ya know, since I created a website where I need to sell myself as a writer. I could talk about what it takes to make a blog, write an article, go into my copywriting technics when composing an Amazon listing or doing keyword research. And I may still get to that.
But after writing about dog beds, quick loans and online casinos, I would rather generate content concerning the things I’m truly passionate about. The point of this website is thus to have a platform where I can showcase my competence with various writing styles. I need a place to compile my professional work, but I’m also excited to have a platform where I can contribute to the social field I am passionate about.
I Think I’ll Start With Language
Growing up in the United States, in a place where the dominant spoken language was English, I felt a bit cheated that there were some kids who got to speak and understand Spanish and English, and here I was stuck with only one language. I used to pretend that I understood other languages and imagine myself being called upon for translation as an undercover spy.
I was home schooled and though my mother attempted to teach me latin at one point and greek at another, we didn’t get very far with it. As it turns out, teaching a language you don’t speak outside the language environment is very difficult. But you won’t find anyone who can recite the greek alphabet faster than my brother and I.
I moved to Denmark in 2015 as an au pair and was ecstatic to receive free Danish language lessons as part of the au pair visa. I soaked up Danish like a sponge! I spent hours listening to danish recordings and repeating phrases until I sounded exactly like they did. I got the top grade in spoken Danish at every module exam. And along with an understanding of a new secret coded way of speaking (i.e. Danish), I also got an understanding of the Danish culture.
Language is one of the elements of being alive that fascinates me. I love the history of language, and learning how the different languages are connected to each other! English and Danish are very related given that vikings influenced the anglo Saxons when they invaded and plundered what is now England.
And when you directly translate Danish word for word, it sort of sounds like old English. And not even like super old English. There are words I recognise from the American 60s that are still said in Danish today! So I think i’ll start with language and my experience learning and speaking Danish in Denmark as an American.
Bare with me, and stay tuned! 🙂