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Are There Many Brits on Persona Paper, the Online Writing Site?

Many online writing sites appear dominated by writers in the US. On other sites I've even maintained a list of UK writers in an attempt to round them up and make it easy for new members to find them! You'd think that being a Brit and writing online wouldn't be any different from being American - but, if you're born the wrong side of the Ocean blanket, then you quickly realise that it's not just about differences in spelling a few words!

It's not just spelling, but word meanings too. Americans have holidays, Brits have Christmas. Americans have vacations, Brits have holidays. Americans have Thanksgiving, Brits just drool at photos of roast turkey. Even in recipes American ground beef is British minced beef, American casseroles are British bakes and American fries are British chips.

One of the major issues, for UK writers, comes from timezones. Britain, the UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, wherever you are and whatever you call it - all share the same timezone. That timezone is 5 hours ahead of New York most of the year - and 9 hours ahead of the US West coast. For British writers, this means that there are few people about during the daytime hours. It quickly becomes apparent on a lot of sites that to really enjoy the experience and companionship of others, we need to shift our lifestyles and write mostly late into the night.

So, are there many Brits on Persona Paper? As a writer on Bubblews I found well over 200 UK writers there - and I know a lot will have shifted over to here. So... who are they and where are they...

While having a global audience is nice, knowing you are sharing a timezone can be priceless in feeling truly connected to a community and not feeling out on a limb. I know a lot of Americans also like to keep up with the Brits and their lifestyle - some of them say they're sorry we missed the boat; we often say we're glad they didn't miss it :) British humour, you can't beat it - so don't get offended.

So, let's round them up!


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melody23 wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:41 PM

Myself and Kasman are both Scottish. I actually think for a while we were the only two here, but there are a good few UK writers on here now.

LadyTrouble wrote on January 16, 2015, 12:50 PM

what if I am waiting for the boat to come back? lol
I also have to say I got a chuckle out of your "drooling over the turkey."

I follow a couple of youtube personalities that live in the UK. One of which migrated to, and is in the process of trying his damndest to not be, deported from the UK now.

There is one former bubbler, former mylotter, who migrated from the UK to Jamaica. I've not yet seen her on this site though.

luisga814 wrote on January 16, 2015, 1:23 PM

I am a Filipino and i am very glad that i am part of this writing site.

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:07 PM

It's good to hear. It's nice to know that if one writes about Corrie and M&S that others know what you're talking about :)

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:09 PM

Everybody wants the boat back. Those that say they don't are just lying and in denial emoticon :smile: It's difficult getting in - but we're really full.

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:10 PM

It's good to find a writing site that suits your requirements, needs, wants and everything else. A stable platform and a hint of longevity are my first requirements - this one was chosen by me from a handful of others I could've joined.

Kasman wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:26 PM

melody23 - There is at least one more. Nar2Reviews is also Scottish.

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:46 PM

You can also edit posts whenever you want, including getting to look at the html. Multiple photos and polls are also on offer. Do read MaeLou 's (admin) post on the front page about image credits if you haven't already, as she's going after the infringers with a large broom at the moment. elitecodex is the other admin, and also worth following so as to keep up with site news.

Vivenda wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:04 PM

I think you know about me! And +RikRavado 's here occasionally, too. I'm still bubbling as well, though.

Vivenda wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:05 PM

As you've probably gathered, I haven't got the hang of tagging on this site yet!

nbaquero wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:15 PM

Hi UK_Writer (Writers!) nice to see you hear, hope you have a great time at PersonaPaper.

nbaquero wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:16 PM

And MegL is Scottish too, right?

j2401 wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:17 PM

Im from the UK, east anglia to be exact

Janey1966 wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:19 PM

Hello there! Fellow Brit here! I tend to go on here in the afternoons and well into the night and early morning. Come across allsorts lol.

NorthernLight wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:34 PM

Ey up chuck, let's put the kettle on and have a cuppa. Scones anyone?

Elfbwillow wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:44 PM

Im from the south of England. I know a lot of Bubblews people from the UK have also come across here

Ambermol wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:00 PM

I'm a Brit :) I know a few others too. I'm in Cumbria.

arthurchappell wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:01 PM

I'm in Manchester England so certainly a Brit writer

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 5:02 PM

I was wondering how long one could edit posts for - on Bubblews it used to be forever - and so I created and updated a single list. Then they locked it down so it was impossible, except to create monthly posts, with links back to the others - which would be annoying - and, by then, things were changing, so I sat and waited it out and things got less desirable there.
I didn't know you could access the html here - I know css/html so that'll be handy to know I could/can fiddle with some basic html on some posts if I needed/wanted to.
I'm fine with images/credits. Cheers for giving me the names of the two admins

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 5:03 PM

Yes, I've found you already - and connected/am following you. I just need to work out the best way to use this, to navigate, etc. e.g. I've not set any tags in my initial three posts, so I need to go back and think about effective tagging for starters. I am bubbling once a day at the moment - today's treat was about getting a free cat :)

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 5:04 PM

Cheers. I change names on sites, I never know what to choose as a username, it's such a nuisance that I have multiple names across the Internet as I can't be spotted easily - which is a benefit. e.g. if I now wish to dissociate myself from my bubblews ramblings I can :)

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 5:05 PM

I was born and brought up in East Anglia, so know the area well - al lovely and flat and perfect for riding my bike back then. No hills.

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 5:05 PM

The html coding is found under the key on the editing tool. It's such an easy way to make posts look better, especially when I'm prone to putting in random non-breaking spaces for some reason (lazy typing, probably!)

Editing is eternal as far as I know, so you can add away to your posts on Brit writers.

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 5:06 PM

Oh dear - it's the allsorts I'd like to keep away from. I like my people to be mysorts, not allsorts :) I'm quite intolerant really.

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 5:06 PM

Nom nom nom scones. I like them the Cornish way - topped with jam, then cream on top of that; not the Devon way, which is the other way round.

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 5:07 PM

It's good to hear. Looks like we'll have a thriving and active community in no time then! As much as I love Americans, I know nothing of Obama or his politics... but I do know about British TV, food and shops.

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 5:08 PM

Ooh all the way oop north :) I went to Cumbria donkeys years ago, probably the late 1970s - on a holiday with my, then, boyfriend.

UK_Writer wrote on January 16, 2015, 5:09 PM

Yes, Manchester's definitely British - until we can sell it off to somebody. We've nearly sold off London - to all those oligarchs; Manchester's next.

MegL wrote on January 16, 2015, 6:45 PM

Nope! I live in Northern Ireland but was brought up in Wales. All part of the UK!

MegL wrote on January 16, 2015, 6:47 PM

I don't have TV, so the last time I saw Coronation Street it had Ena Sharples, Albert Tatlock and Minnie Caldwell. Don't know any new ones! I do visit M&S occasionally but their buyers and I have parted company for the most part now. emoticon :sad:

MegL wrote on January 16, 2015, 6:50 PM

Thought America thought we had already sold Birmingham!!!!

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 7:30 PM

Couse you know what happens if you don't keep away from the allsorts? You go BERTIE! Have you found SteveW68 and SarahW74 yet? North western Brits.

WorDazza wrote on January 16, 2015, 9:16 PM

Well I hope there's plenty of Brits here. A lot of what I write is littered with UK references.

nbaquero wrote on January 16, 2015, 11:12 PM

Oh MegL sorry about the confusion. I knew you were form the UK, so at least that part was right. Now I know the right answer if anybody else asks.

UK_Writer wrote on January 17, 2015, 4:31 AM

I'll check those two out. There's so much to do, find, check, etc, when you first join a site isn't there :)

UK_Writer wrote on January 17, 2015, 4:32 AM

It looks like there are plenty. We'll flush them out. It's the English references that catch my eye in titles/posts and I think "oh, you're a Brit, wonder where you're from"

mrsmerlin wrote on January 17, 2015, 6:16 PM

I'm in UK - about as far west as you can get in England before your accent changes and you get free education. I'm in Shropshire right up to the border to Wales. I tend to post at weird hours of the night so often find myself online at the same time as people from the other side of the pond

LadyTrouble wrote on January 17, 2015, 11:43 PM

I have to admit that I respect the heavy rules and regulations that the UK has about getting into the country to live.

UK_Writer wrote on January 18, 2015, 4:29 AM

Hi, I think your preferred posting times put you at an advantage on similar sites as you're active when there's a seething mass of humanity searching readers/writers emoticon :smile: All the best.

Koalemos wrote on January 18, 2015, 7:09 PM

I would say that Persona Paper has a higher percentage of UK members than most sites that I have encountered.
I live in Manchester, although that is still a decent distance from where you are.

UK_Writer wrote on January 20, 2015, 9:23 AM

There are some odd things that go on. I have a lot of words that join together by themselves. Even when I check the page (by going into Edit) the space exists - so I put in another one.. but it's a pain
I hope editing is eternal. It used to be on Bubblews, then they changed it without warning.

UK_Writer wrote on January 20, 2015, 9:24 AM

That's good to hear.
I'll check you out/follow you... just don't post about footy :)

Koalemos wrote on January 20, 2015, 11:27 AM

I have no interest in football and you probably watch it more than I do.

WordChazer wrote on January 20, 2015, 3:02 PM

If you go into the html (the logo) you'll see those words running together have nbsp coding for non-breaking space. Take that out and you'll have regularly spaced words again.

WordChazer wrote on January 20, 2015, 3:03 PM

PS: mrtoffee is over here now if you haven't waved at him yet. I just found him this morning.

mrtoffee wrote on January 20, 2015, 3:24 PM

Thanks for the shout out wordchazer by the looks of it there are quite a few of us Brits here which is good to see emoticon :smile:

WordChazer wrote on January 20, 2015, 3:40 PM

And getting to be more as time goes on and regulars from that other site set up here or reactivate accounts here. I'm loving it here at the moment, this is what a social writing site OUGHT to be.

mrtoffee wrote on January 20, 2015, 3:46 PM

It just seems so friendly and homely here wordchazer I am loving it already emoticon :smile:

UK_Writer wrote on January 20, 2015, 5:48 PM

Cheers. Bit of a faff though... I'll probably mostly leave it for now, hoping they'll apply a global fix :)

UK_Writer wrote on January 20, 2015, 5:49 PM

Already onto him/following. Thx. It's all a bit slow round here though isn't it... I kind of got used to the bank at Bubblews shooting up with huge sums every day emoticon :sad: Kinda miss that (a lot)