December 21st, 2010Euroblogosphere
Earlier this year I enthusiastically welcomed the launch of e-blogs by Wikio. The project was to translate into 5 languages blogposts from different European countries. “Great initiative”, I thought, especially since it was a private venture whereas projects of this type are usually funded with public money. But here we are, it didn’t work. E-blogs didn’t generate enough revenue and now it’s closing down.
It’s sad but at least they gave it a try! So congratulations to the e-blogs team for their bold initiative!
I recently read an interview of Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. He said that real entrepreneurs fail – a lot actually- and that it was a necessity for their succeeding in the future. It reminds me of what Caroline De Cock aka Lino The Rhino said in an interview to Butterfly Europe, a quote I published here a couple of days ago: “The day my kids will have understood that failing is not a bad thing as long as you learn from it and try again, I just know they will be the next generation of innovators.”
It’s simple. Those who fail have dared to try. If you never take a risk and try to do something, even though you might fail, then you will never succeed. So praise your failures, as that’s what your successes are made of!Tags: Jimmy Wales, Lino the Rhino, Multilinguism, Wikio, Wikipedia
Thanks to the European blog search engine Wikio, there is now no need anymore to speak 5 languages to discover the best European blogs. Each day on e-blogs, blogposts from the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain are selected and translated into 5 languages. What a fantastic initiative! Bravo Wikio!
As far as translation is concerned, there is a novelty on this blog too. As a matter of principle, this blog is already bilingual. Almost all articles are available in English here and in French there. I took that decision right from the beginning in order to present a French view on European affairs to English speakers on one hand, and to build bridges between the Euroblogosphere and the French blogosphere on the other hand. However the fact that Spanish Eurobloggers such as Encarna of Más Europa, Emilio of europe@s and Jorge Juan of Cuidadano Morante have recently started to comment in Spanish on this blog pushed me to do more for multilinguism. This is why below the language button you can now see a Google translate button for all the people who are not comfortable with either English or French. This button can also be used to translate comments you don’t understand the language of, and even to reply in a language you can’t speak! Amazing, isn’t it?Tags: Bloggers, Google, Spain, Translation, Wikio