My first post when I started this blog in November 2011 dealt with the issue of language. I had a hard time deciding in what language I should write so I decided to write in three languages.
After almost 7 months, it’s time to reevaluate this decision. As I review my post, a pattern emerged: I write in French what was interesting only for French speakers, and particularly French-Israelis. I wrote in Hebrew purely Israeli social or politics issues. And I wrote in English all the rest.
I does not work. I would have expected the English post to enjoy the highest audience, as everybody is supposed to speak English more or less. But the opposite happened. My native-French or Hebrew languages audience is not interested in reading English – because they don’t know it (many of the French speakers, even the Israeli ones), or because it’s « harder » for them (the Hebrew ones). My limited native-English potential audience may not be very interested in reading badly written posts by someone who is not 100% fluent in English.
It is somewhat frustrating because my best and most interesting posts were written in English. On the other hand, some quickly written posts in French and a few in Hebrew reached over 1000 readers. I did not start this blog to get a wide audience but it’s neither my goal to invest time in writing just for myself.
So I need to make a choice and follow the market: this will be my last post in English. I will from now only write in French and Hebrew – until I chose at the end only one language – probably Hebrew on the long run. Dear readers who understand only English, I am truly sorry but you are too few.