Thursday, 20 March 2008
Switching to English, BTW
So the last post was probably the last in Swedish for a while. I have been thinking a lot about cosmopolitanism, global civil society, the global public sphere and the like for a while, and I came to the conclusion that it would be ridiculous to keep blogging in Swedish with a research agenda like that.
At numerous occasions I have found myself frustrated trying to read blog posts that seem interesting in languages I don't understand (thanks to Global Voices, I manage to understand a bit more). I made the final decision to switch to English talking to an Indian friend (a car dealer, as it happens) yesterday.
For my old Swedish speaking readers (I don't know who you are as I haven't got a tracking device yet, but I have my suspicions): stop whining. Of course you can English. For any newcomers from other language areas: you are most welcome!
As readers of this blog probably have noticed, posting has been sparse and irregular. There is no blogroll. Etc. One of the main reasons for this is that I did not figure out what my target audience was. Academic colleagues? Polisci students? Friends? The Interested Public? Was I going to write only about my own research or about other things as well? As a result of my not knowing what this blog was for, I wound up not being able to write at all, even though I wanted.
I have now decided to cut myself some slack. From now on, this blog will be about many things, research related or not, accessible to all. And as always, my socialist rantings will be confined to erlanderbrigaderna (in Swedish).
And the target audience? Myself and anyone who happens to pass by.