Simply put, because I’m blogging in a language that nobody in my country speaks, I’m only reaching people of an international level.
About four years ago, I started this blog because I wanted to reach wider range of audience — audience that wouldn’t be barred because of language barrier. Although I’m still not perfect, I have to say that it was a brave move because back then I had very little knowledge in English. Still taking up keyboard to write everything in a foreign language without any institutional course is somewhat crazy. I have to admit, I’ve come a long way only because I was determined.
However, four years later, I’m looking back and trying to figure out what happened to those who didn’t follow my route and continued blogging in Bangla. Not to mention, blogging has gained unimaginable popularity in Bangladesh over the years and there are more than dozens of active bangla blogging community. Each of these platforms has over thousands of individual bloggers. So, what those individual bloggers have achieved over the years?
Bangla blogging community works quite differently. There, after you’ve been marked as a safe blogger (as opposed to spamming or objectionable content writer) you get access to what is called Front Page. As the benefit of getting front page access, each of your posts will be shown on the front page, much like Freshly Pressed here on WordPress.com, until your post gets pushed down by newer posts by other bloggers. I know I may have failed to write it clearly, but I guess you understand how it works.
So, when you publish a post and that’s on the front page, thousands of other bloggers read your post immediately and starts commenting. Of course, you don’t get that much impression or comments unless you have a catchy headline and interesting post, but it’s at least in front of others’ eyes. This way, building up a readership and community is quite faster and easier than here in WordPress.com where we have to kind of market our blogs by commenting on others’ and sharing on Facebook. Because growing a community is easier, years later, those bloggers have a good networking around the country. It’s like they are always in a community. If they need help with something, they’ve got a lot of people to come forward.
But I’ve been blogging actively here in English language and that’s enabled me to reach people from other countries. I haven’t grown much of a reader base internationally. But I’ve got some followers here and all of them are virtual. By virtual, I mean I can’t meet anyone if I’m feeling bad or nobody can come forward [physically] to help me with anything. In other words, they are virtual and they will always remain virtual because of not being local.
Please don’t feel offended if you’re a subscriber or follower of my blog. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I respect and love my readers regardless of country, religion and race. All I’m saying is that who’s achieved more: me or the people who continued in their mother tongue?
I can only tell that my achievements are reaching more and more people globally. But that isn’t really going to help me in what they call real life. On the other hand, those Bangla bloggers have managed to create a local community where they can throw parties, go out, hang out, come forward in issues and so on. I’m still in front of my computer like I used to be back in 2008. The only difference is my words are being read by more people than it used to be in the beginning.
Just so you know, I always find myself in deep dilemma when deciding something. Of course, it isn’t possible for me to be active in bilingual blogging. So I had to choose my language first. I was in great dilemma. I occasionally write fictions so each time I have something in my mind I find myself spending days thinking which language I should be writing in.
Anyway, the bottom line is, I think those people who kept blogging super-actively in Bangla blogging communities have achieved something that’ll be helpful in their real life. On the other hand, I’ve got something that only pleases me.
What do you have in mind to add to my thoughts in this regard?