emperature Gauge Centigrade and Fahrenheit!
The Perfect Temperature Gauge Centigrade and Fahrenheit!

We pet bloggers are always looking for ways to extend our reach, improve our hit rate, meet new readers and see if we measure up to their hopes and expectations.

One area we believe is overlooked both by European/Australasian writers and our American colleagues is the issue of measurements; things like Miles/Kilometres, Feet/Metres. They are alien territory to whichever side of the fence you find your sunpuddle on – right?

For a blogger and micro-blogger to maximise their reach, and make a genuine impact it is worth becoming familiar with the ‘dark side’ – be it Centigrade or Fahrenheit.  Let me give you an example :-

Phoebe is typing her diary for Phoebe Friday, she is telling everyone about the weather and says its up to C15.

Italy map
Confused by how warm Italy is? You are from the USA!

In the USA readers will be confused, what is C15, is Phoebe warm or freezing her fur off? European folks will know it means the temperature is cool-ish.  If Phoebe let you know it was F59 most American folk would say ‘not so bad’ but European and Australasian folk would wonder if Phoebe will survive at all!

Let’s try Phoebe again :-

Phoebe is typing her diary for Phoebe Friday, she is telling everyone about the weather and says its C15/(F59), or C15/F59.

Temperature gauge Dash Kitten.com
Wondering how warm this is? You are from Europe and Australasia

Now, everyone knows the temperature – yeah!!! You can do the same with distances 100 mph/(160 kph), or lengths 100 yds/(91 mtrs).  It draws your reader further into the post when they realise that Carma jumped ‘so high’ or the athlete you were watching jumped ‘so far’ at the local sport show.

Things to Remember for Temperatures, Lengths and Distances on your Blog:-

  • Bookmark a link for easy conversions and make it a habit to include some conversions in your post. ConvertMe.com, and OnlineConversion (temperature) are both useful.
  • You don’t need to convert every temperature, strike a balance.
  • Remember you are maximising your impact by including everyone.
  • People will appreciate your efforts – we know we do.
  • Until you become familiar with Centigrade or Fahrenheit have a post-it note on the computer so you can immediately respond ‘Wow’ if a USA pal says its humid and F104/(C40), and ask them if they are OK or C) and ask the pal if they need a woolly hat!

It’s one small thing – but a courtesy all bloggers can all provide. We are going to try very hard to include it in future posts, we hope you will to.

Silver Kitten

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7 Comments

  1. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    August 12, 2014 at 10:36 am

    pawsome advice for all of us. I will try hard to make sure I do this. Makes the story/information so much more meaningful. Paw hugs, Silver…peeEss…where were you “really” when you took off on that long walk about that scared your Mum so much???
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  2. Basil

    August 11, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    A great tip a lit of people would over look, thanks for bringing it to our attention!

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  3. The Island Cats

    August 10, 2014 at 11:01 am

    You make a very good point…and we’ll try to remember to do that!
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  4. Nerissa's Life

    August 10, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Or you could just say somethin’ like… It’s too hot to trot. Or maybe… It’s too cold to fold. Okay, neither of those statements really make any sense. But they rhyme! Hmmm… Never mind. Your idea is probably way better.

    Purrs,
    Nissy #Niss4Senate – tell the PM, today.
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  5. The Swiss Cats

    August 10, 2014 at 7:56 am

    We try to think of it as often as possible ; we have a convert app on the iPhone that converts almost everything, and it’s very useful when we’re reading posts in miles or Farenheit ! Purrs
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  6. Sparkle

    August 10, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Good idea – my human is always checking the centigrade to Fahrenheit conversion when she reads blog posts. She has never been able to figure out the kilometers to miles, although she is pretty good at kilograms to pounds. I try to avoid these numbers altogether if I can help it! Makes life easier, as I know most kitties aren’t that good at human math.
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  7. Brian

    August 10, 2014 at 12:48 am

    That is really a great idea and we’ll try our best to do this too!
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