I read a Post recently about the disappointment of negative feedback to recent Posts, and the writer appeared to be contemplating everything from changing their interests (re future Posts), to closing down the Blog.
The beauty of Blogging is that we are able to write about pretty much anything but, of course, what one writes about will determine the interests of the people who read and Comment. Write about landscapes and art, and you will probably not attract readers who are absorbed by vintage cars! Write about sex, and the scope of interest could be quite startling, and possibly a little disturbing!
Controversy is not something that should be avoided however, there are some obvious risks. I do occasionally approach controversial subjects, but I use the following guidelines:
- There are probably no black/white answers as perspective will always influence opinion, and perspectives can be changed given a convincing influence.
- If I expect my readers to be receptive to a change in perspective, then I too must be receptive to change.
- A potential problem is when the reader’s position is that they are right, and they are not prepared to consider change! Resolving is nothing more than recognizing the situation and stepping back diplomatically. (“Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, but I guess we just have to agree to disagree on this topic.”).
- Another potential issue is simply a reader whose obvious frustrations are coming out in their choice of words! My position on abusive, inflammatory or otherwise offensive language is quite simple. I delete the Comment!
To anybody who wants to “dabble” in controversy I would say “Go ahead!”, but make sure that you have done your homework first because you will almost certainly be challenged by someone, somewhere, on this planet!
Food for thought.