6 Differences Between Blogging In A Minority Language Versus English

The vast majority of blogs (and vlogs) are in English, even when that isn’t the authors native language. Most people seem to believe that if you want to be read, you must write in English (or at least another major language) and that writing in a minority language is a waste of time. After all, it makes sense to go to where the largest audience is right? You would think that this is especially the case for a minority language like Esperanto, a language that many people have never heard of. How could that possibly compete with English, one of the dominant languages of the world, with hundreds of millions of native speakers and over a billion people who can speak it to some degree? I think it’s very interesting to compare my experience of two similar blogs, with very different audiences. Continue reading “6 Differences Between Blogging In A Minority Language Versus English”

I’ve Set Up A Satire Blog

As much as I love this blog, sometimes I like to try new things. Every post is so serious, technical and requiring so much research that sometimes I just want to have a laugh. Especially seeing as the world of politics, economics and religion is so bizarre that its wide open for ridicule. Especially religion. I started writing a few rough ideas down on paper and soon enough ideas for 50 posts so I felt I had to go ahead with the blog. When the world has gone crazy what is there to do but laugh? Continue reading “I’ve Set Up A Satire Blog”

I’m In A Book!

I nearly fell out of my chair with shock when I read the e-mail asking me to write a chapter for a book on Ireland’s future. Twenty young people from all different areas were to present a vision for Ireland’s future and the wonderful Lou Hodgson thought (for some reason) that I had something to offer. Six months later, the first copy of the book has arrived and it will be in shops next week. Its called “New Thinking, New Ireland” and I still cannot believe I’m part of it. Continue reading “I’m In A Book!”

The World The Day I Was Born

On my 21st birthday today I’m reflecting on how much the world has changed since the day I was born, October 21st 1991. Back then the Soviet Union still existed, the Troubles were still ongoing and Charles Haughey was Taoiseach. Homosexuality was illegal as was divorce. Old Ireland was on its last legs, we were still a white Irish Catholic country. Emigration was still common and unemployment was high (the more things change the more they stay the same). Immigration and multiculturalism had yet to arrive. The Catholic Church was still strong and the sex scandals had yet to hit. People still went to Mass. I was born right at the end of an era when the old ways were on their last legs. Continue reading “The World The Day I Was Born”

Blogs I’d Recommend

To celebrate my blog getting its 10,000th viewer I thought I’d make a list of all the blogs I have enjoyed. Too often blogs can be self-contained islands so it’s also good to reach out and find other views and connect with other people. While compiling this list I was sad to find that some blogs I really enjoyed are no longer active. So enjoy them while you can. Continue reading “Blogs I’d Recommend”