My language blog has been included in this year’s Top 100 Language Professional blogs, which is the kick-off for the annual competition organised by the international multilingual language and translation portal bab.la and the Lexiophiles blog.
You see where I’m heading: I want to win, and therefore, I want your vote. If you’re willing to oblige, just click here and find me under the letter G of my first name, Gaston.
There is a snag, though: the nominee is not this blog, languagewriter.com, but its Dutch-speaking twin sister, taaljournalist.nl. You may not mind, of course. That’s great; I love you already, in an opportunistic sort of way. (Have you voted yet?) But if you feel that you cannot possibly vote for a blog that you’re unable to read, who am I to argue that point? Well, the blogger himself, that’s who, and I’m going to argue it like nobody’s business.
1) Being the language lover you are, you’ll agree that blogs in languages smaller than the Big Western Handful (English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese) have a serious handicap on the international stage in terms of visitor numbers, media attention and awards. This is your opportunity to do something about it.
2) If you like this website, let me assure you that its Dutch counterpart is even better. It has more and more varied content, livelier discussions and a more polished and personal style. Some of the posts will even make it into a book, to be published early next year.
3) If you liked Lingo and want to read more, vote for me. Publicity sells books, which enables me to spend time writing new ones. I am working on one, and I think it’s going to be a corker. Sorry I can’t disclose more yet.
4) This Sunday, I’m turning fifty. (You don’t think I would admit that if it weren’t true, do you?) So why not give me a little gift at no cost to yourself?
5) (Add you own persuasive point here.)
Five convincing reasons to vote for my blog: that should do the trick, I think. Finally, let me quote the Greek goddess of victory: Just do it. Do it here, and now.