Should you Start your Own Japanese Blog?

I’m sure you’ve probably figured out by now that you are reading a Japanese blog.  You read this blog, and other Japanese blogs similar to this and think “Wow I should start my own Japanese blog.”  Everyone is doing it.  What a great way to track your Japanese progress, exchange ideas with other people studying Japanese, teach other people Japanese, and overall improve your level.

You probably don’t want to hear this but I have to say it: Writing a Japanese blog may hurt your progress.

Let’s look at a brief pros/cons list of creating your own Japanese blog:

Pros:
–  You get motivation to improve your Japanese.
–  You make friends with people studying Japanese.
–  You get feedback on your Japanese.
–  You help other people studying Japanese.
–  If you have videos, you get to see how you talk which helps in correcting mistakes.
–  Writing in Japanese repeatedly lets you see certain words/phrases you use too often.

Cons
–  You think that working on the blog counts as Japanese study time (See in-about ratio)
–  Blogs take up a lot of time.  All this time could be spent on actual Japanese material.
–  Feedback you receive may be incorrect.
–  The Japanese you teach to others may be wrong, and can hurt their Japanese.
–  You may want to give up your Japanese blog for a blog-related reason, yet you may think this has something to do with your lack of interest in Japanese, and thus quit studying Japanese as well.

Best Practices

Okay you really want to write a Japanese blog.  I think it is okay if you meet any one of the following:

1.  Your Japanese is level above level 40.
2.  Your Japanese blog actually is written in Japanese.
3.  You spend only a very small amount of time per week on it (~1-2 hours).

So I don’t sound like a hypocrite, continuing Japanese Level Up has hurt my Japanese progress.  I spend a lot of free time on it that I could be spending reading Japanese novels or watching Japanese media.  Of course I don’t regret it, because I like sharing what I have learned, but I am fully aware of the negative effects it has on my Japanese.  I don’t mind it that much, because my level is high enough that small negative effects aren’t very consequential.  But if I was at the struggling phases of Japanese, I would get frustrated at every little thing that hurt my progress.  Now, if you want to write a Japanese blog just for fun or some other reason, that is fine.  Obviously, your whole life doesn’t need to revolve around Japanese progress.

But for those of you who want to become fluent in Japanese in as little time as possible, having a Japanese blog is not the best route.



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Founder of Jalup. Spends most of his time absorbing and spreading thrilling information about learning Japanese. On a quest to become 日本語王 (king of the Japanese language).

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Should you Start your Own Japanese Blog? — 6 Comments

  1. If people are really dying to blog, maybe they could write journals on Lang-8.com instead.
    Make a “blog” in Japanese, giving general language-learning tips (that the Japanese natives can apply to their foreign language studies), mark your progress, talk about words/phrases/kanji you think are interesting/frustrating… all while having to actually write it in Japanese, and having a flock of native speakers correcting your errors. You can slip in occasional tales about your life as a non-Japanese person, as well, to keep your new fans extra interested (being an American (or whatever) is so exotic and amazing XD).

  2. I’m while continuing my posting on my Japanese blog (silentboxer.blogspot.com). I was taking this into very much consideration and I thank you for your insight on it and for your honesty to tell how it has affected you. :)

  3. I support the above comment about writing a blog on Lang-8.com .
    That is a good way to practice writing Japanese while getting corrections from natives and also making Japanese friends you can later Skype with or meet when you’re in Japan. (I’ve done both)

    But of course this is not blogging “about Japanese” but “in Japanese” so it very much counts as study time.

  4. Well, in my case, I was thinking of registering my progress in my native language, but decided against it. I’m starting my journey now (2 months, indeed), but I’m not an English native. So, in order to improve my Japanese and, at the same time, my English, I’ll be writing it in English.

    Despite being almost native-level at speaking and being really fast at reading (I read 114 books last year, all of them in English), I’ve never practiced too much my writing, so I have many doubts and I kind of “stutter” when writing.

    SO, my Japanese journey blog is going to be helpful for my English final objective: achieve native-level proficiency in all four competences.

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