I am based in the UK and such I would use British spellings for words eg I would spell "flavour" rather than "flavor" . When writing Hubs that are aimed largely for the US market, should I use US spellings for words? I do want to come across as phoney , but at the same time want to use language and spellings that my target audience is comfortable with.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I have just recently changed my stance on that solely for the search engines and a hint from hubpages title tuner saying I would have more views with the spelling color, not colour. I don't feel comfortable with it though, as Simone says the unique flavour adds.
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Um... Both UK and American English ARE English. It could be argued that UK English is technically the most correct English since that's where England actually is.
He's writing in English! Thanks for sharing, though.
Most UK Hubbers stick with British spellings and I've never heard of their being a problem with that.
Personally, I like the unique flavor it adds!
Simone can I ask you, will the English spelling be OK when the hubs are checked by Mechanical Turk Q.A. workers?
I don't dock for it... I have a feeling most MTurk raters wouldn't either.
I write in "American" just because most of my readers are in the US. But I doubt it matters much either way.
Write in whichever style best suits you. Looking forward to reading it.
Actually, writing the Queen's English is more intriguing than an British based writer; writing American English. Then again, it depends on who you want to attract to your hubs. If you are selling something, then most definitely try to capture us American's by using the proper American English, but if you are talking about Holiday destinations from a British stand point, I would rather read your own English. The genre you write with, depends on the audience you want to attract. I would say, start a few in UK English and then do them in American English, watch your analytics and see who goes to which one the most. You may have to watch for a 3 month period to get enough information on your hubs to generate a true direction, but may be worth it. :-)
Hope this helps!
Interesting question as I always write & spell words how we were taught to at school in New Zealand . It would seem weird deliberatly changing how we spell them !
Honestly, a lot Americans don't know the correct spelling anyhow.
I sort of have the same problem, but since I type in MSWord before transferring to my hub, I tend to accept the American English spell-check recommendations.
Frankly, I'd say you stay true to yourself regardless of whether people might think you phoney or not. And if you do decide to continue with British spellings, be rest assured that it couldn't possibly undermine your articles (hubs) as the average American is abreast with all manner of English spellings and the quality of your hubs hinges more on the quality of the content and not the type of English.
Flavor Flavour who cares. If somebody can read, they will know what the word means. The only stumbling block is that there are UK words which Americans may not know, and there are those that the UK meaning is totally different than ours.
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