WordPress developers are opening the door to foreign languages even more by highlighting them in the WordPress Blogs of the Day list with a new “Language Filters” most popular languages featured on WordPress.com list. The WordPress Blogs of the Day (BOTD) is the source of the top blogs on WordPress.com lists found on the front page of WordPress.com and in your Dashboard.
According to the announcement, the most popular languages selected on WordPress.com blogs today are:
- Português do Brasil
If you do want to blog in another language, in the Administration Panels > Options > General Options, change the language settings to the language of your choice. Currently, there are about 113 different languages to choose from.
If the WordPress Theme you have chosen is designed to accommodate translation (localization), then your blog will be in that language, titles and all. If it is not, then your writing will be in your language, but the titles in the sidebar and a few other places will be in English. For more information on WordPress and languages, see WordPress in Your Language from the WordPress Codex.
And The Winner Is…
There is a new contest on WordPress.com. Currently, you can compete through popularity, changes in activity levels, and tags. Now you can compete with languages.
The top 10 list of languages used on WordPress.com is a form of competition. If you want to see your language move up the charts, get more people blogging in your language.
This is the best kind of competition. By helping others in your language blog on WordPress.com, you give yourself and your fellow linguists a chance to read more written in their language. Create your own language-specific network of bloggers on WordPress.com. You can help each other through the hurtles of WordPress and blogging in general as well as share ideas and link to each other.
Click on the language link on the WordPress Blogs of the Day and you will see Scoble drop out of the top 10 and only see the top blogs in that language. You can now compete for popularity from among the top bloggers in your language.
To help promote other blogs on WordPress.com by language, you can even link to the WordPress Blogs of the Day list showcasing blogs in a specific language. The link looks like this:
This is the link for the Spanish language blogs on WordPress.com. Change the
=es to the language code of your choice. Here are some examples:
- de – Deutsch
- eo – Esperanto
- eu – Euskara
- nl – Nederlands
- nn – Norsk (nynorsk)
- sk – Slovencina
- pl – Polski
- su – Basa Sunda
- it – Italiano
- da – Dansk
You can include these custom links in your blogroll/bookmarks, sidebar, or wherever you want to promote other blogs on WordPress.com in your language, or any language.
So start sending out smoke signals, beating the drums, yodeling across the mountains. Get your friends, relatives, non-relatives, enemies, and fellow language members blogging. Send them invites from your Administration Panel. Send emails or faxes. Chat them. Ping them. Get them to go to WordPress.com and request an invitation to blog for free. Drive your language to the top of the list!
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