It’s good to be reminded that the east coast of the United States of America is not the center of the universe. Much happens here but its not the only place where important things happen. It’s good to get perspectives from people from other parts of the world. Blogging is a good example of how connected we are. We do indeed live in a world community. Our globe is made up people from all walks of life in all the great places of creation and I am grateful for that.
The one thing about having a global blogging platform such as Tumblr is that there are people in other parts of the world where its now the next day. For example in Australia its now Monday morning. It should inform you that people come from other places so the way they live their lives and the way they think are different than yours…but there are similarities too. I am glad to have met people through blogging from all around the world. Their friendship and perspective have helped me open my mind a little more.
Language is a fascinating thing. It’s a part of our cultural identity. Blogging is not just an English language thing, its global. Whether it be on Tumblr, Word Press, Blogger, etc. people will post in their national language. Some are blessed to be bi-lingual and will increase their audience by being able to write in different languages.
It’s interesting to look at a blog from somewhere else that is written in a foreign language, but to them its local. It’s interesting to see Arabic or Japanese on the screen and you wonder what its saying. Google does offer translation services but sometimes it doesn’t reflect the tone or colloquialisms that are being conveyed by the writer.
Often times its just about following for the imagery and just to learn something new. I follow a blog where the writer posts in Dutch and English. I think I have seen some Spanish along the way. It’s good to open your minds a little and see what other people are doing and it makes you wonder what their message is.
I am grateful to be able to blog and express myself freely however we all must remember there are places where the people are oppressed and cannot because they would be prosecuted or put to death. May the language of freedom be evident in every blog post we all make.