This weblog started some time ago as an easy way to share diaries and pictures of my kayaking trips and courses with the mostly Dutch participants. Soon I discovered a pleasure in itself in experimenting with text and pictures on the internet. The weblogs of MSN-Spaces and Blogger offer an easy way to do this, even for me: I am rather clumsy ICT-user!
First visitors of my weblogs were mainly the kayakers I am paddling with, and some other friends and family. But soon the number of visitors grew, and as I changed from MSN-Spaces to Blogger, the number of international visitors increased. Since Mark Rainsley published on the UK Sea Kayaking Forum a link from my weblog to a thread on the forum, lots of British kayakers have visited the Kajakwoerden weblog. Mark made a little joke about the Dutch language I use. I think he has got a point. Surely my Dutch posts will not be easy to understand for most of the international visitors! So now I am in doubt if I should continue this weblog in English. I am wondering if my little personal notes and thoughts on kayaking in the little Dutch country are interesting for the world wide web community. On the other side: as I tell for myself I do enjoy reading blogs of kayakers I have never met, living on places I have never been, like (for example) New York, Wisconsin, Aarhus, London and so on. And sometimes I am a little disappointed when I find a (probably) interesting story on the web in Spanish, Danish or Swedish or other languages that I don't speak. English is the global internet-language.
So now I think, I should give it a try and write the next posts in English. Depending on (1) the reactions and (2) the pain I have with it to express myself in English (it is much easier and far more faster for me to write my thoughts in Dutch) I will continue this weblog in English. As you will surely notice reading this: I can use some practice in English writing!
With kind regards,
En ook voor de Nederlandse en Duitse bezoekers van dit weblog: wat vinden jullie er van als ik in het engels vervolg? Ik ben benieuwd naar je reactie!