That is the title of a post on ProBlogger today. It jogged my memory of a session at the Cambodian Bloggers Summit, "Is It Better To Blog in English or Khmer?" David Saski took great notes that day, but wanted to pull out his points on that session:
Why blog in English:
- You can also blog in your own language, but when you blog in English, you’re sharing your lives and your community with the entire world.
- It provides important information
- You are making Cambodia more visible on Google and you are portraying Cambodia from a local’s perspective rather than a foreigner’s perspective.
- English is more search engine friendly - more online software is available in English than Khmer.
- Bloggers in Cambodia can connect with their relatives who live in the USA and other countries.
Why blog in Khmer:
- Blogging is about communication. When you are blogging you are trying to communicate something.
- You are writing to a targeted audience and you should speak the language of that audience.
- Do you want to be read by a lot of people all over the world or a specific group of people in your community?
- Are you trying to reach the 1 or 2% of Cambodians who speak English or all Cambodians who can access a computer?
- As it is, there is an over-abundance of information on the web in English, but there is a lack of content on the web in Khmer and you can help change that.
- Your language has your culture in it. Language and culture go together. So if you are trying to communicate with other Cambodians, you are limiting yourself if you do it in English.