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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