Blogging is Not Dead – Translation & Interpreting Blog Survey Results (Part 1)

Back in early January 2018, I decided to create the translation and interpreting blog survey because I wanted to find out whether blogging was a worthwhile activity for colleagues and myself. I’d noticed that many blogs listed in my blogroll had disappeared completely (so I had to remove them) and others hadn’t been updated with new posts for months and in some cases years.

It had also been suggested that Facebook, with its immediate exchanges and discussions taking place in a large number of groups ranging from general (Watercooler, The League of Extraordinary Translators, Things Translators Never Say) to specific (Tourism Translators, Translators who use Speech Recognition, memoQ Users), was the new preferred hangout for translators and interpreters.

Continue reading

What I learned in February 2016

In February I learned that LinkedIn lets you classify your connections using a feature called tagging. By using simple keywords, you can group people by where you met them, the language combination they translate, whether they interpret, live in your country, etc. I must admit I haven’t tried this yet, but it does sound quite useful.

If you’d like to find out more about how to get the most out of LinkedIn, please see my miniseries on the topic. I’ve written five parts so far and I still have at least two more to go. As with most things connected with my blog, my problem is not finding the ideas, but the time, especially as I’ve been spending a lot more it with my family recently.

Continue reading

LinkedIn Pointers – Part Two: Connecting and Netiquette

LinkedIn is an amazing site because it allows you to post a full profile—in effect your online CV—on a busy site (364 million users and counting) without having to part with any money. Although we’ve all become accustomed to receiving something for nothing in the age of the Internet, the deal non-paying members receive is incredibly good, but not without a few drawbacks.

Continue reading

LinkedIn Pointers – Part One: Photos and Headlines

A few years ago you might quite rightly have wondered why you should bother posting a profile on LinkedIn because nothing ever happened. Launched in 2003, it took a while for LinkedIn to really get going. In the first quarter of 2011, it finally hit the significant milestone of over 100 million registered users. But four years later, that figure’s more than tripled. Given that one of these millions could be your next client, the question is no longer whether you should have a profile on LinkedIn, but whether you can afford not to.

Continue reading

Las Validaciones de LinkedIn: ¿Un mal necesario?

923052_10202947256180741_548194734_nLas validaciones de LinkedIn llevan más de un año entre nosotros, y parece que a muchos traductores les entusiasma la idea. Son mucho más fáciles de dar que las recomendaciones, y con tanto do ut des como hay por ahí, coleccionar un montón de caras en el perfil no supone ningún esfuerzo y puede incluso resultar atractivo para ciertas personas, supongo.

No obstante, he de decir que no es una función que me apasione. Aún no me he subido al carro y no creo que lo haga en un futuro próximo, la verdad. Por eso he optado por no mostrar mis validaciones pese a haber recibido unas cuantas de las que me siento orgullosa.

Continue reading

Endorsements … who’d ‘ave ’em?

923052_10202947256180741_548194734_nLinkedIn endorsements have been around for about a year now, and many translators seem to have taken to them like ducks to water. Being so much easier to give than recommendations, and with so much quid pro quo going on, collecting a sea of faces on your profile really takes no time at all, and may, I suppose, even appeal to some.

It’s not a feature I’m very enamoured with, however. I haven’t yet jumped on this bandwagon and I don’t think I’ll be doing so anytime soon. That’s why I’ve turned my endorsements well and truly off, even though I have received a few I would be quite glad to display.

Continue reading