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?

Thanks

Steve

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MKearns Premium
And remember gray for grey!
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Stephen, it is a perennial question, America is like a whole lot of countries all rolled into one, folks from Texas kind of roll a different way to folks from Chicago to folks from New York, they all kind of have these little nuances or little different ways of how they express their ideas and thoughts, just like the folks that are into different niches kind of have their own language as marketers it is all about learning the language that our audiences speak in.
The spelling English or American English, can be a mix and match thing, some folks are really pedantic about it, as long as we can hit that 95% mark we should be good. At the end of the day, it only affects the placement of a few words/letters.
Just two cents worth.
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sgregcrx Premium
Hi Alex,

Yeah, that's one of the things. For me, it doesn't matter I can understand both and was of the opinion we all understand it so I should do it my way,

But being told I have spelling mistakes really took me aback! I didn't think people would think it was wrong but understand maybe some people are very sheltered to their way of things. I would never tell an American they were wrong for writing color (even though they are :)) It's just their way of doing things.

But going forward I need to decide which way to go!

Thanks for your input

Steve
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firstlearn Premium
I am English and proud of it but I do try to use the American spelling on my websites. Many of those reading it will have learned American English and spelling.

Either way, it is understandable to the English speaking population.

As far as the comment is concerned I would ignore it. I have had this comment on other websites and spammed it.

Derek
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sgregcrx Premium
Hi Derek, As I said I use Grammarly and can easily set it to American English if that's what I choose.

Thanks for your input. Just trying to gather as many opinions as possible.
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feigner Premium
you have got to remember what you are creating your site for - it is your visitors!
they don't give a monkeys that you are british- french- italian- or any other nationality - is the content good, relevant, entertaining, educational and written in my language!
in my language - yep that means writing for your audience in their language.
you need to suppress your need to be english if your audience is american and use the 'z' instead of the 's'.
as i say you need to remember who you are creating content for - you or your audience.
Your choice.
Phil
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sgregcrx Premium
Hi,

Yes, that is what this post is about. I am thinking of my visitors and trying to work out what is best for them. But refusing to be myself is not always the best way?

For Example, when talking Temperature I have no idea what 80degrees is but I know my American readers will have no idea what 26 DegC is so I ensure I convert for them. But I think most people know what colour and color mean!!!

I am still unsure, but need to make a decision and then run with it!
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feigner Premium
if your audience is prodominately american then i would add temperature if F then in brackets C.
i would use the americanisms as they will be reading without hesitation, if you use the british words - as with the opposite-- you hesitate at the differences and think - oh an american wrote this!
so it would be interesting to see if any americans have any comment on this.
good luck with your direction.
i know i am becoming more americanized!!
Phil
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sgregcrx Premium
That's exactly what I do with temps DegF the Brackets for the C I do have British and European readers too.

I too would be interested to hear from some Americans? Maybe I posted too early while they were still in bed lol

I am atm leaning towards going all American. I think us Brits tend to be a little more tolerant of the differences...
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Mordenrose Premium
Well, I am Canadian and I write colour as, well you can see how I write it. I don't pay attention to what Grammarly says about it either. I do about other words but not that.
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sgregcrx Premium
Hi,

Thanks for that and well done on using your u's lol

Of Course, I don't care what Grammarly says. It is set to English English and as such agree's with me. But I can easily Swap it to American if I want to go that route.

My questions is more how my readers May or May not, respond to this?

It's about how to connect best with my readers.
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Mordenrose Premium
Can you please everyone? You may please the Americans but you may offend some other person from another English speaking country. I don't think you will have problems with Canadians, we know about the different spellings but do all English speaking countries know about American spelling. I heard Texans were kind of bossy.
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