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6 reasons why I would recommend other freelancers to start blogging if they aren't doing it yet

'Edma Pontillon Blogging, after Berthe Morisot' photo (c) 2008, Mike Licht - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
After two years of blogging I can definitely say that I love it. Can't imagine my life without it now. And there are some pretty serious reasons why I wouldn't give it up. Would you like to know them? Then read further :)



1) Blogging helps me to learn to express my thoughts more clearly. You probably know that English is not my native language. I can definitely say that blogging really helped me to improve my English. My first posts now seem very funny to me. I am even thinking about removing a couple of them that sound the funniest ;)
2) Blogging also helped me to shape my own views on translation, marketing, business and other related topics.
3) I have readers! It's an incredible feeling when I see how many views I got and especially when I read your comments, dear readers. Sometimes you don't agree with me, sometimes you do. And I am thankful for each one of you. I love the fact that you are now a part of my life, and I am a part of yours.
4) Continuing the previous point, I love that this blog helped me to get aquainted with some cool language professionals. Blogging has become one of the most pleasant networking methods for me.
5) I love that the blog helps me market my services without having to use some other marketing methods that are not so natural for me.
6) Blogging helps my new clients to find me. They can read this blog and see if my level of English is sufficient for them, if my expertise is what they need, plus they can also see some of my past projects (oops, I just remembered that my project list needs to be updated!)

If you are already blogging, what other benefits of blogging do you see in your life and business? If you aren't blogging yet, would you like to start? And if yes, why? What do you expect from it?

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1. Russian has about 500,000 words, but only 2,000-2,500 of them are used frequently. 100 most frequently used words make 20% of all written and oral speech. A high school graduate's vocabulary usually has 1,500 to 4,000 words. Those who have graduated from a higher educational institution normally have a richer vocabulary consisting of approximately 8,000 words.
2. It's compulsory for all astronauts in the international space station to learn Russian, so we can call it an international language of space :)

Time for another update about guest posts, business, blogging and more!

Hi everybody! First of all, thank you for reading my blog. I love to see that the number of my subscribers is growing every week. That's so inspiring!
I've got some news for you. I am amazed with the way my work and business are developing. Life is getting more and more interesting and, hopefully, these changes will be good for you, too! So, here are my news:

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