Is it true that in order to attract more comments and followers I need to write in Amercian English?
I was recently talking to a fellow hubber who was informed me that she had been told by another hubber that in order to attract more readers, comments, followers and to get up their in the elite 100's that she should write in American English, is that true?
That isn't true at all. Proper English is all that matters, whether it be American, UK, Australian, or Canadian.
Welcome, and get to writing!
I think as long as it is readable - you are fine. I think what people object to is the English that is so poor, you can't even really make out what is being written about - although I applaud their attempts.
I must admit that I am one of those that complains often about the many horrible articles placed on HP that are literally unreadable.
As mentioned above, proper English is what we all desire to read.
And we all want to read an article or story that has a good flow, that entertains or educates us.
We trip over so many computer generated x-language to English conversions lately from the Far East and other sites, that are put out there with an obvious goal to "make their fortunes" from HP.
As to using regional or national inflections, slang, and such, I actually love to read those that I find where I can get a true feel for another culture.
So, Write On!
I don't believe that to be true at all. The "elites" on Hubpages get to the top 100 by clever use of SEO's and marketing, not by grammatical perfection. Write however you are comfortable, just as long as it is easy to read.
Thanks for your reassurances guys, I just noticed all the typo's in my paragraph beneath the question - that'll teach me to type in haste...
I agree that it doesn't matter which form of English you use, as long as you are using it correctly. While some of the poorly written hubs may make sense to the person that wrote them, they are extremely difficult to read for a native speaker, or someone with a higher level of fluency.
There have been several Hubs that have an interesting topic, but I quit reading them halfway through because they were too difficult to understand.
Yes, I agree with others. If you speak English-- no matter where you are-- I think it is always best to use your own voice. Write as you naturally would, and don't try to impose something unnatural on your own way of writing.
For one thing, British English has to be, by definition, the original and correct form.
For another, Americans find national speech differences-- or "accents" as we would say-- to be very interesting and 'charming'.
America is a land of immigrants. Regional differences even within the US can be very diverse. I know this is also true in GB.
Vive la difference! We will understand you.
Well, I am answering this question from Germany and yet...tadaaa.. you got a comment! Sooo ... that alone should show that the world as a whole might have other questions to ask itself like... "What's the subject, is it understandable and even fit my interests ..?! I also guess that posting frequently just raises the chances to reach the ... elite 100... just my guess but it shouldn't be too far from the truth.
Yes, US English is now globally accepted and has more readers than British or UK English but.... nothing compares to this http://deepmetaphysical.hubpages.com/ check it out
No it is not true. Write good people follow. (their)-as in there the place? is my conclusion on that but) I still know what you mean. Write well people follow. see English its okay. Personally, I don't want to be in the elite 100's. I want some accolades though.
No way! If you are great in writing, your hubs are creative and you are using a nice understandable English, then it doesn't matter that it is American or Britain.
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