Blogging Insights # 52 — Touchy Topics

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/10/05/blogging-insights-49-10-5-2020/

A couple of weeks ago, for Blogging Insights # 49, I asked my readers for any topics that they would like to see discussed on this forum. Melanie whom you all know from her fun and friendly blog sparksfromacombustiblemind came up with several good ideas for debatable issues. Today we tackle the first of these : Touchy or Sensitive Topics. I have posted Melanie’s original questions below followed by some ideas of my own. You can answer whichever you like and in whatever order you please.

MELANIE’S QUESTIONS :

A)  Warning “labels” when one is writing about something that could potentially be ‘touchy’ to some folks.  Pros and cons and that segues rather nicely into the second topic

B) Censorship.  Is it censorship if one blogs ‘sensitively’ (aka soft pedals hard issues)?   Should writers have to think of every possible reader  their writing might touch, every single scenario where a reader might take offense and so on?   I’m not thinking of blatant offensiveness (and what’s offensive to one person isn’t necessarily to the next one in line), but a general trying to cover all bases all the time type of thing.

MY QUESTIONS:

Do you post about touchy or sensitive topics on your blog? If so, what kind of subjects do you like to discuss?

Do you respond to sensitive or controversial subjects in the form of prompts?

Do you take part in controversial discussions as part of a comments thread?

How do you think sensitive subjects should be handled on the blogosphere?

MY ANSWERS:

A)  Warning “labels” when one is writing about something that could potentially be ‘touchy’ to some folks.  Pros and cons and that segues rather nicely into the second topic

A “warning label” sounds like a good idea if you are touching upon issues that might be annoying or uncomfortable for some. This could be something like a disclaimer that accompanies some movie reviews “Warning : this review contains spoilers”. I have no first hand experience of this as i have not really written about such things. Incidentally, the book and movie reviews that I write are spoiler free.

B) Censorship.  Is it censorship if one blogs ‘sensitively’ (aka soft pedals hard issues)?   Should writers have to think of every possible reader  their writing might touch, every single scenario where a reader might take offense and so on?   I’m not thinking of blatant offensiveness (and what’s offensive to one person isn’t necessarily to the next one in line), but a general trying to cover all bases all the time type of thing.

Again, although I have no personal experience, i genuinely believe that you can’t please everyone. If you are posting about a potentially hurtful topic, you are bound to tread on some toes and might get negative feedback. As long as you don’t post anything downright offensive, I think you are entitled to your own opinion.

Do you post about touchy or sensitive topics on your blog? If so, what kind of subjects do you like to discuss?

No, I don’t. My original one line description of my blog was, “A light hearted view of life”. Hence, “by definition” I generally steer clear of sensitive topics like race, religion and politics. I was strongly moved by the George Floyd tragedy, however, and did post about it.

Do you respond to sensitive or controversial subjects in the form of prompts?

Sometimes. I have participated in a prompt called Fandango’s Provocative Question, where the host poses a controversial or debatable topic every week.

Do you take part in controversial discussions as part of a comments thread?

Again, only sometimes when I feel strongly about the topic. Usually I will endorse the views of someone else and relate a similar situation or experience.

How do you think sensitive subjects should be handled on the blogosphere?

I think sensitive subjects should be handled on the blogosphere the same way that they should be handled in real life : delicately and with tact. 

Okay guys, those were my views. Now I would love to read yours.

You can leave your opinions in my comments section.

Better still, why not write a post of your own. Please remember to tag it

#blogging insights

15 thoughts on “Blogging Insights # 52 — Touchy Topics

  1. I think warnings of sensitive subjects are a good idea, and that could cover ‘censorship’. It depends on the topic and your reader database. If someone is likely to be offended or upset by a post content, then simply don’t read it in the first place.

    Do you post about touchy or sensitive topics on your blog? If so, what kind of subjects do you like to discuss?
    As a rule, no.

    Do you respond to sensitive or controversial subjects in the form of prompts?
    Again, not as a rule, but if I felt strongly about something I am likely to comment.

    Do you take part in controversial discussions as part of a comments thread?
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and mine will obviously differ to some.

    How do you think sensitive subjects should be handled on the blogosphere?
    It’s up to the blogger and reader. Some sensitive subjects, such as mental illness, taboos or religion are personal to the individual, but can be handled with tact and compassion should the need arise. Fellow bloggers can relate and offer support when it is so badly needed.

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  2. I actually wrote a post. I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging lately, probably because I turned that million hit mark at a time when I’m wondering if maybe it’s time to phase out. The problems with the format are only one problem. The other problems involved arthritic hands, repetitive motion shoulders, and wanting a bit more of my life back. A lot of days, like today, I realize that except for cooking dinner, all I did was try to respond to blogs and write a few. The whole day.

    If I’m going to cut back, I need to get serious about it, but I love writing. It’s hard to stop. I don’t think I can go two days without writing something.

    Anyway, the post is up in the morning tomorrow.

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