Writer’s block influenced by bilingual ability. Really.

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I can’t decide about writing my blog posts in Spanish or English, and it is blocking my ability to write. It is also affecting the development of an app since I can’t decide what language to use. I read in English, rationalize in Spanish, and then write in English for the most part.

Multilingual friends, has that ever happened to you? I know about writer’s block, but I haven’t heard anything yet about feeling blocked due to not knowing what language to use. Choosing a language for your writing is essential; it has many ramifications as it will affect who you reach and your target audience. For me, it is a constant tug of war between the two languages when it comes to writing.

When I started writing blog posts, I used English, and it was in part to help me get familiar with the language, to learn it better. It also made sense as all the learning and experience I was getting as a new software developer was from other blogs written in English.

I have some experience now and have more time and things to share with others, but I also feel the need to do it in my native language, Spanish. And so here I am, unable to make this decision. I’ve tried a couple of things, for example, I started a new blog in Spanish but after a little while it was just too much work. I have also tried writing posts written in both languages, and again, it is too much work; the phase is hard to sustain.

I need to get over it it is what I tell myself constantly. For now, I will continue to write in English since most of my audience are English speakers. Someone suggested the following idea:

What if you write a post in Spanish per N English posts?

I might just try that.

A todos los techies que hablan Espanol, si tienes preguntas por favor dejame saber, aqui estoy para ayudar en lo que pueda. Cheers.

One response to “Writer’s block influenced by bilingual ability. Really.”

  1. Alexandra A Avatar
    Alexandra A

    ¡Escriba unos posts en español por favor! And then some in English. I think it’s difficult (actually impossible) to match the rythm of what I write in Spanish (my second) to what I write in English (my native). But bilingualism is so important!

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