How to Blog in English Even If It’s Not Your First Language2 min read

Considering the fact that I am not a native English speaker, I thought I should write about one of those topics almost no one writes about: does it matter if English is not your first language, and you still decide to blog in this language?

How do poor language skills affect your ability to share remarkable content with your readers?

Grammatical errors, misspelled words, and poorly structured sentences can make your content difficult to read.

If you also think of the fact that we have thousands of blogs on every topic imaginable, you begin to understand that the quality of your blog posts can mean the difference between a popular blog and one that does not get even a single comment.

Don’t get me wrong; I am not telling you that you should display superb writing skills in order to be a successful blogger. No.

But you must work on three basic aspects that make a big, big difference in the way your readers, especially native speakers, react to your content.

1. Avoid common mistakes

What are these common mistakes? Its for it’syour for you’retheir forthey’reaffect for effect and so on.

Fix these, and suddenly your content becomes more enjoyable. Eliminating those mistakes means readers aren’t forced to act as proofreaders, and won’t get distracted.

2. Proofread

I try to proofread all my blog posts at least twice, and still there are typos to be found upon a third or fourth reading.

Of course, I am sure that proofreading is no one’s favorite activity, but it is necessary.

3. Learn the damn language

Left the best for last.

The words you use, and how you use them, makes the difference between a lukewarm message and one that inspires thousands of people. The way you use punctuation, the length of your sentences, or the number of sentences in a paragraph, all of these have an enormous impact on your blog’s success.

You don’t need to be perfect, but you need to have a vast vocabulary and a solid understanding of the basic grammar rules.


  1. And vocabulary comes through much reading…..

  2. Your English is very proficient. If you had not shared that English is not your first language, I would never have guessed. You are correct about non-native English speakers whose blog content is very good, but whose content is difficult to read. I have a sticky keyboard and am a typonista so my blog content contains too many oops. I have found that the free version of Grammarly has been quite helpful and where I disagree with it, I disregard it.

  3. Proof-reading is truly very important. A good advice is to never push the publish button until you have proofread the article.

  4. Great post! I never thought about those challenges

  5. Believe me, I try … to apply all those rules. It takes practice. Good reminders though.

  6. Another important aspect that should be considered is whether you are addressing English (UK) or English (US) readers, and be consistent.
    Do not use idioms if you have not thoroughly checked out how they will be interpreted. I have read poems that may have very beautiful sentiments to the writer but that were quite embarrassing to read.
    Similarly, use a ‘pronunciation’ feature to check words that you want to rhyme. Words that do not rhyme when they are meant to only serves to make the lines jar.
    Further to the last two points I’m afraid I don’t agree that you need a vast vocabulary. Keeping language simple and concentrating on the message is far more important. If you decide to read more then concentrate on books and magazines that cover topics YOU want to write about. It won’t be of much benefit to read more novels if you are blogging about photography.
    Next in importance is grammar and punctuation: ditch superfluous commas and find out when to use colons and semi-colons. Punctuation is not for decorative effect but to help you read, i.e. it lets you know when to pause.
    My final point is to try to avoid making assumptions about your readers. I actually enjoy proofreading. It is a time to take stock rather than just be about correcting typos.
    Sorry to go on but it is a subject I care about. A few months ago I asked if fellow bloggers thought it would be useful for me to give advice on posts – the answer was a resounding ‘yes’ from very successful bloggers who were the very ones making grammatical and language-based errors. My background? I was part of a ‘Plain English’ training team, worked with learners of English as a second language, and have an MA in English Literature.
    I do hope my comments have made a useful contribution to the conversation.

  7. Haha! Proofreading is such a labor! Most especially when your blog post discuss a lot of things. I spent hours and hours on proofreading. But yeah, we don’t want our readers to correct it for us. ☺

  8. Really important tips, especially when it comes to proofreading! English is not my first language either, and I usually find a typo here and there at around the third or fourth read-over! I’m still trying to overcome that!

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