Which english? - proper english or american english?
Received an interesting comment today from Site Comments.
It was a pretty poor comment and nearly got binned, and the last paragraph was site feedback, telling me I should run a spell check as I have spelling mistakes on my Site.
Clearly, someone who doesn't understand the site comments platform, and I nearly Disproved but the first half was ok and I rewrote into a good comment.
The Spelling thing, however, left me perplexed.
Feedback is great (when in the right place) especially when it's constructive, but my problem with this is I make A LOT of mistakes, I write really fast and this leads to me making a lot of typos. As such I use Grammarly and I am pretty obsessive about checking my spelling and grammar.
There were NO Mistakes in the Article, well according to Grammarly !!!
So what Caused the reader to feel the need to prompt me? Maybe it was a stock response to fill in the character limit? Or maybe it's because he doesn't speak English...he Speaks American?
Now I can preach for hours about how you "yanks" are wrong and it is I, speaking in the Queen's tongue, who has it right. It's not hard to Use a U in colour or that "ise" is the correct spelling not "ize".
BUT, This is Marketing and MY READERS are the priority, not my Opinion.
This has also come up with a content writer I work with. He is from Texas and his articles all come without U's and Z's instead of S's etc...I am in the habit of correcting them or more accurately letting Grammarly, Correct them.
But am I wrong to do so? Most of my Traffic is from the States, so I am kind of inclined to think I should be writing for them. But I am a brit and Proud, and make no secret of that in my Blog, So should I continue to write as Myself?
Does it matter? Would you as an American think I was making mistakes or know it's just the English English way? Would it reduce Trust? Or make me seem more genuine?
I really don't know the answer and would love some Opinions from the Community?