My rules for a good translation blog

This was going to be a post about a certain translation blog I stumbled upon. So that I would have something worthwhile to say (seriously, what kind of post would it be if all it said was “Cool!” ? Even worse, spelled “Kewl!” and/or with a few extra exclamation points?),  I tried doing an Internet search on this blog.  It turned out to be from a translation company. Not an individual freelancer, mind you. A full-fledged company.

And in retrospect, the blog didn’t meet two of my no-so-strict standards.

  1. Post every once in a while: I can’t criticize anybody for not posting everyday – I don’t. If I did, my own posts would go something like this:January 2: I am a translator with a day job. Those two keep me busy. On occasion, I do housework and motherly/wifely things.

    January 3: The same thing as January 2.

    January 4
    : Pretty much the same as January 3.

    If I manage to put in a couple of posts per month, I think I am doing well. But seriously, more than two months between posting? It’s an afterthought blog. Not worth my time.

  2. Be interesting to at least somebody. Interesting is a very subjective term. Are you all that interested in the posts tagged “Conversations” that I write? Perhaps not. They are written to represent a slice of my life as a translator, as in, what happens when I encounter other people who are not translators. Then again, they might give you a little chuckle and make you nod your head and say, “Been there!” Likewise, I don’t necessarily find the blogs about SDL TRADOS tips to be all that fascinating, but you know what? Somebody is going nuts trying to make their expensive software work and will be delighted.

That’s pretty much all I ask of a blog. Put some thought into it, and be of interest to somebody.


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11 Responses to “My rules for a good translation blog”

  1. Marie-Aude Says:

    Well in that respect, your blog IS interesting 🙂

  2. Stefania Says:

    I agree, your blog is interesting. I also completely relate to the “motherly/ wifely things”.

  3. linguaefranca Says:

    Hello, I’ve found your blog while meandering through wordpress links, and thought I would say hello. Like you, I am also a freelance translator (Russian English pairs), and its always nice to meet colleagues in the cyber land. I found your blog interesting, and I hope we could be acquaintances. 🙂

    P.S. My blog is pretty empty at the moment, I’ve only started using WordPress this week. But there will be more!

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