2,500 WordPress Followers

Written by Dyami Millarson

As of today, we have reached 2,500 followers. This shows that our work pertaining to endangered languages is steadily gaining public recognition. We have seen the most exponential growth in terms of followers this year, and we believe this may be due to the pandemic, which has allowed people to ponder the meaning of life and reconsider their priorities in life. Consequently, we are seeing an increased interest in languages and cultures. Besides, people couldn’t travel as much this year and this made them long for being exposed to different languages and cultures. We have so far celebrated every 100 new followers, but we will from now on celebrate every 500 new followers until we reach 5,000 followers when we will start celebrating every 1,000 new followers.

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      • It might be useful for gauging interest and engagement, as there is ample reason to believe that every human being matters while as we are online, we ought not to forget that every individual follower potentially represents a real human being with a beating heart and living soul. The charitable mission of this blog is the promotion of endangered languages such as the Frisian languages. 2,500+ followers is more than the amount of speakers that many of these languages have individually. Heligolandic Frisian, Sagelterland Frisian, Schiermonnikoog Frisian, Northern Goesharde Frisian, Hindeloopen Frisian and Terschelling Frisian come to mind. For many of the last speakers of the aforementioned languages, it was quite unimaginable that they could reach an audience that is larger than the amount of speakers of their respective languages. This gives them hope, and hope is what they need in order to feel motivated for helping to preserve their language. If the situation seems terribly hopeless with no one being marginally interested in the last speakers’ respective languages and cultures, who would want to work hard for the cause of their language and culture? What would keep them interested in this difficult task? For this practical reason, the psychological and moral value of the support for this blog is tremendous; it boosts morale among the often elderly last speakers, especially during these trying times of the worldwide lockdowns and a plethora of restrictions.

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      • I totally agree with you! It’s a sense of motivation that you re doing well and that you should continue it! People should be supportive not questionative!! I am 13 and I have a cooking blog . I got 170 follows and I’m already so happy that I’m celebrating!😂

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    • Woohoo!!! I have joined the community! A place I call home since I am a communication and linguistics expert. Studying languages really fascinates me!

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  1. Congratulations. I was one of your more than 1,400 fans when I started following you. Time flies, and within a few months, you have attracted more than a thousand followers. Now you have 2,500 fans. Every like and every new fan represents their support for your work. This shows that more and more people support you. So, whenever you feel frustrated at work or encounter difficulties and want to give up, I hope you remember that you still have us to support you. Finally, please continue to work hard and show us more wonderful things.🤗🤗

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  2. Incidental to my former frequent travels in what we now call Czechia, I became interested in the country’s language and culture — though I admit my actual studies have become far too sporadic! I was startled, however, to learn that the Czech language had all but died out during the time of the Empire — when German, after all, was the language of politics, business, and diplomacy — and mightn’t have survived were it not for a translator of the Bible!

    So I understand the importance of your mission. Cheers.

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    • Welcome and thank you so much for sharing this moving story with us! Religion has often played a major historical role in saving languages. I published an article today about the indigenous languages of Taiwan that were first documented by the Dutch inhabiting the island. The Taiwanese Dutch recorded these languages for religious purposes while they translated sections of the Bible to the local languages that were then spoken around Tainan, where the Dutch were based in the 1600s. These texts have been used for modern-day revival efforts of the local Taiwanese languages that have gone extinct sometime after the Taiwanese Dutch were expelled from Taiwan by Chinese forces, which went on to sinify Austronesian Taiwan, which is the original linguistic and cultural homeland of the Austronesian language family, which includes the Polynesian languages as natively spoken in Tahiti, Hawai’i and New Zealand.

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