It’s a blog-eat-blog world.
Indeed, the world of online content is creating more buzz than ever before.
Many people today (and businesses for that matter) start blogs in order to express opinions, share recipes, discuss hobbies, sell products or all of the above and more.
This is the case in Spanish as much as in English, and in a world like this, there’s a lot of competition.
That means bloggers need to produce high-quality yet straightforward information to attract followers, which gives you access to great reading material en español (in Spanish).
You surely already have a few blogs you follow regularly for different reasons.
Here on FluentU, for example, you get access to helpful posts that give you the guidance you need to excel at learning Spanish. You probably have at least a few other blogs you subscribe to that inspire and inform you.
Well, why not turn your blog reading into real active Spanish learning? Keep reading those blogs, ¡pero en español! (but in Spanish!).
To kick off our exploration of the Spanish-speaking blogosphere, let’s first discuss some reasons why you should most definitely begin reading blogs en español.
Why Read Blogs in Spanish?
They give you access to structured and straightforward Spanish
Generally speaking, blog posts are purposely written in straightforward language, adhere to an organized structure and use simpler vocabulary. It’s in a blogger’s best interest to write top-notch material that’s easy to read, in order to appeal to larger audiences and keep readers’ interest.
This is great news for you as a Spanish-language learner. It means that no matter what your level, you can read posts without getting as lost as you might, perhaps, in a newspaper article—que vivan los blogs (long live blogs)!
You can pick up different varieties of Spanish
Remember that the Spanish-speaking world is 500+ million, and growing! Among this huge population, there are a lot of different ways of speaking and writing in Spanish. With blogs, you get access to lots of writers from different countries—and you can, little by little, start picking out the linguistic nuances specific to certain places. Whether it’s slang, other vocabulary or sentence structure, you can learn a lot by seeing region-specific Spanish used consistently throughout a blogger’s posts.
This point won’t be as obvious or beneficial for beginners, but advanced learners, this is a great opportunity for you to further refine your Spanish.
You can join a community of online Spanish speakers
The discussion boards and comments sections on blogs are teeming with opinions, information and (hopefully) peaceful back-and-forths. If you’re a beginner, this is a great opportunity for you to read short tidbits of Spanish writing (just be aware that there may be incorrect grammar and spelling, of course). And if you’re a more advanced learner, why not join the conversation? This will get you into regular, accessible interaction in Spanish, which helps both your vocabulary and writing skills immensely.
You can meet native speakers
Joining a Spanish-speaking blog community is a great opportunity to connect with native Spanish speakers. In addition, blog authors are often avid travelers and so organize meetups and get-togethers with their readers across the world. Some blogs even get so popular that local groups are created so readers can get together for social activities. This could be your way into a Spanish-speaking club based around your interests!
You can get consistent reading practice
To achieve success in language learning, it’s important to keep your learning consistent. Most good blogs publish at least one article weekly, so if you subscribe to the email list, you’ll have a new post right in your inbox on a weekly basis. This reminds you that you need to read, and if you pick a blog on a topic that interests you, you’ll want to read!
You can learn vocabulary that’s relevant to you
When you follow a Spanish-language blog based on your interests, hobbies or occupation, you learn vocabulary relevant to…you! If you love fashion, get into a fashion blog and you’ll rapidly notice how quickly you begin to pick up words from posts and the website itself. This is great, because you can then finally begin talking about things that really matter to you in Spanish.
I’d think that with all that, anyone would be convinced to begin reading blogs in Spanish! But it’s still easy to get discouraged while reading at the beginner and intermediate (or perhaps even advanced) stage, because you may get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of written content on blogs.
Not to worry! Here are a few methods you can use to ensure your regular blog reading turns into active language learning.
How to Turn Blog Reading into Active Spanish Learning
Pull out your pen and paper and start building vocabulary lists. This doesn’t need to be excessive—just jot down two to three new words each time you read a post. At first, two to three words doesn’t sound like much, but if you’re reading daily, you’ll have 60-90 new words compiled monthly—not bad amigo (friend)!
An effective way to take notes from blogs is to first read the entire post through, making sure not to stop on words you don’t understand. When finished, go back, pick out two or three unfamiliar words that stuck out to you, and look up their definitions.
Read and participate in discussions
Under blog posts, there’s often a comments section where readers engage in active discussion, sharing their opinions on and reactions to the information presented. Read previous messages and participate yourself. Just make sure to leave respectful comments. If you’re a beginner and want to participate but feel shy, put a little disclaimer up explaining that Spanish is not your first language, but that you want to share your ideas.
Write summaries of posts
For every post you read, try to write a three-to-five sentence summary, in Spanish, of what you’ve read. Stick to the topic of the post and mention a couple things you learned, liked or that stuck out for you about the post.
If you combine all these methods, you’ll be a Spanish-learning rock star!
And remember how we said FluentU’s blogs can help you learn, too? Well, all you have to do is pair the FluentU Spanish-learning program with the blogs (or any of the other blogs on this list!) for a huge boost to your learning.
FluentU takes real-world videos, like music videos, commercials, news and inspiring talks, and turns them into Spanish learning experiences.
Other sites use scripted content. FluentU uses a natural approach that helps you ease into the Spanish language and culture over time. You’ll learn Spanish as it’s actually spoken by real people.
FluentU has a wide variety of videos—topics like soccer, TV shows, business, movies and even magical realism, as you can see here:
FluentU brings native videos within reach with interactive transcripts. You can tap on any word to look it up instantly. Every definition has examples that have been written to help you understand how the word is used. If you see an interesting word you don’t know, you can add it to a vocab list.
Review a complete interactive transcript under the Dialogue tab, and find words and phrases listed under Vocab.
Learn all the vocabulary in any video with FluentU’s robust learning engine. Swipe left or right to see more examples of the word you’re on.
The best part is that FluentU keeps track of the vocabulary that you’re learning, and it recommends you examples and videos based on the words you’ve already learned. Every learner has a truly personalized experience, even if they’re learning the same video.
Start using FluentU on the website with your computer or tablet or, better yet, download the FluentU app from the iTunes or Google Play store for iOS and Android devices.
So now that you know why you should read blogs in Spanish and how to turn them into learning tools, let’s get to the meat of this topic…el grano (the point)….the blogs themselves.
Below is a list of five excellent blogs in Spanish. These blogs send out free weekly posts and are authored by inspired bloggers, whether entrepreneurs, adventurers or explorers, who strive to inspire their readers in turn.
Let’s dive right in, shall we?
5 Rad Blogs in Spanish to Get You Inspired and Learning
Topics: Travel, entrepreneurship, healthy living and eating, starting an online business
Vivir al Máximo (Living Life to the Fullest) is an excellent blog for travelers, adventurers and anyone interested in starting an online business. Its young author Ángel will give you a firsthand look at Castilian Spanish (Spanish from Spain) with its slang and common expressions woven into posts.
In addition, this blog boasts an active and very respectful discussion board where many readers, including non-native Spanish-speaking readers, engage in discussion and share their opinions.
Ángel is an avid traveler and often goes to the US, South America, Asia and many European countries to meet his readers in person and organize social events.
Sign up on the home page and start viviendo al máximo (living life fully)!
Topics: Reinventing your professional career, online business, business success and resources
Autorrealizarte (Self-Fulfillment/Realization) follows the inspiring story of a corporate worker who turned his whole professional life around at the age of 35.
This blog is full of great resources for getting an online business going, but if you’re not specifically interested in that, it also has information on time-management, professionalism and habits of successful people.
Topics: Budget travel, Generation Y, practical travel tips, positivity
PositiveViajes (Positive Travels) is a blog written by a young Argentinian who embarked on his first trip around the world as a teenager and continues to travel years later. This is a fantastic blog for exposing yourself to South American Spanish, Argentine specifically.
If you sign up as a reader on the front page, the author immediately sends you an e-book as a “thank you” (free e-books in Spanish are never a bad thing!) that contains tips on how to travel and make money simultaneously.
This is another great blog for discussions and also for meeting up with Spanish-speaking readership in person, since the author, as the title suggests, travels a lot!
Topics: Fashion tips, health, beauty, fashion trends
Here’s a blog in Spanish that’s close to home for US readers, right across the border and always in style. This blog comes with beautiful visuals and is full of posts about fashion, fashion and more fashion. The writers are two young Mexican girls who’ve built an online business through their passion for…yep, fashion!
On here, you’ll get access to Central American Spanish from Mexico, and if you look under the Fashion Bloggers tab on the homepage, you can access other popular Mexican fashion bloggers.
Topics: Travel, architecture, blogging, philosophy
Here’s another Spanish blog, similar to the first two, that gives you exposure to Castilian Spanish. This inspiring young blogger left school and decided to travel alone. There’s as much talk about philosophy here as there is about traveling and blogging.
Similar to Vivir al Máximo, this blog has a live discussion board where many readers partake in active conversations. If you sign up on the author’s Facebook page, you can download a free e-book on 25 ways to be more time-effective.
Inteligencia Viajera (Travel Intelligence) also has many guest bloggers on the front page, so this is a great resource for connecting with other blog writers and their readerships as well.
There you have it, five excellent blogs…and many more to be discovered.
To find more, simply go onto Google, type in words in Spanish that relate to your interests alongside the word “blog,” and see all the options that pop up!
Remember that many blogs, like the ones mentioned above, host guest bloggers’ posts from time to time, so take a look around and take advantage.
Who knows, you might get so inspired that you start your own business or begin traveling the world…all thanks to your favorite Spanish-speaking blog author.
¡Hasta la próxima, amigos (until next time friends)!
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