This question doesn't directly relate just to Hubpages, but to any blog or website where the target audience is a mix of nationalities from different countries? Should it be English (UK), English (USA), Australian English or another unmentioned variety? Which would you prefer to read?
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I hadn't thought of it from the point of view of the topic and era of the writing. But I could see how that what work if you were writing historical articles or if your topic was specific to a particular country, even if its not the writer's country.
It seems that 4, maybe 5 people are in a similar agreement. Not sure I like mixing the English (USA) & English (UK) together even if their differences in spelling are well known. I like consistency. Mixing could lead to using both variations.
In Microsoft Word, you actually have a choice for English (Australian) so there must be some differences to English (UK). It's probably the local differences of names as you suggest. A simple glossary might overcome this if its not too colloquial.
Thanks for letting me know your preference.
I was after what readers would prefer, so yes your answer is relevant. Thanks.
I'm beginning to become more aware of SEO with a Word Press plugin at another site where I am a writer. If you don't mind the use of either one, that's helpful and would give support to austinhealy's reply.
Thanks, old albion!