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Blogging About Controversial Topics - YAY or NAY?

Do you pick controversial topics to discuss via blog posts? I lean more toward non-controversy myself. You seldom see posts about or at my blogs unless it's . But there is certainly a value-add to mentioning a controversial topic; for example, genital mutilation . People will either ignore your remarks OR the post could get people involved in lively discussion, debate, dispute and shouting a whole bunch of words and either introducing their comments or concluding their statements with emphasis using words that begin with "D" or %)O!X$^(*@.

Like most people, I am very passionate about many things. But perhaps unlike most people, don't get too excited about stuff because my is “it probably already happened”. Ever read the ? Nine times out of ten, if there is an event that is happening today, a very similar event has very likely happened thousands of years ago. There aren't really that many plots or motives for what goes on in our world that really causes "problems". There's somebody on a mission of world domination and then there's ... uuhhh ... somebody who wants to rule the world ... then there's ... ummm ... somebody who thinks God died and left them in charge. Pretty much that's it!

Sometimes talking it about helps though. You never know. Folks might be able to reason together and thrash things out!

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Should You Write Controversial Blog Posts? A Data Driven Answer

by Neil Patel on June 18, 2014 –

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Arvi wrote on March 7, 2015, 10:49 AM

I rarely read and never write those types of posts. I just don't care for all the hashing back and forth. If I wanted to argue with someone, my teenager is more than happy to help out there.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 7, 2015, 11:13 AM

I love to discuss controversial topics when I post online, I find they get the most attention from both sides of the discussion.

Feisty56 wrote on March 7, 2015, 11:35 AM

The topics about which I post run the gamut from the mundane to the controversial. I write about what interests me, what might be useful information to someone else, to learn what others' thoughts and ideas are on a topic. I enjoy a great give-and-take discussion in the comments, whether it be on my own post or that of someone else.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 7, 2015, 12:08 PM

I tend to leave emotive topics alone online as it´s easy to take things the wrong way when you can´t see the person who you are debating with.

Kasman wrote on March 7, 2015, 12:32 PM

It depends how it's handled by the author. It is so easy to offend without meaning to when we discuss topics about which people have strong feelings.

SebastianOnciu wrote on March 7, 2015, 1:19 PM

I used to avoid writing about controversial topics, especially those linked with politics and religion, because I know that they can lead to some pretty hot debates and even arguments online. However, I think there will be a change in my approach from now on. Those topics, in addition to controversy and quarrels, can also bring a significantly increased number of views to the author, so a little controversy might not be that bad after all.

Prophetess wrote on March 7, 2015, 2:11 PM

I find that when I write about controversial subjects such as religion and politics, it brings out haters. People will write on the Internet, what they will not say in person. I have had individuals call President Obama the N word as opposed to saying they do not like his methods. I have had people curse me for believing in Jesus Christ. But I will not back down.

cmoneyspinner wrote on March 7, 2015, 2:24 PM

Tou·ché ( to͞oˈSHā/ ). LOL. Teens are like that. Yeah they are! :)

cmoneyspinner wrote on March 7, 2015, 2:27 PM

I greatly appreciate a presentation of both sides. It's the trolls and haters who add nothing and then want to threaten you because you don't agree with them. That upsets me.

cmoneyspinner wrote on March 7, 2015, 2:28 PM

I hear ya! Freestyle rocks! :)

cmoneyspinner wrote on March 7, 2015, 2:32 PM

It is true that not being able to see or hear a person's “tone” (which my kids often accuse me of having) can "sort of" impede discussion or conversation. But these days, online conversation is just as another “discussion around the water cooler at the office”.

MegL wrote on March 7, 2015, 2:33 PM

Writing about controversial topics may well get you more views and comments but you also have to be prepared for the hate mail and trolls though I can't say I have seen any on here probably because of the waiting time between signing up and being allowed to post. emoticon :grin:

cmoneyspinner wrote on March 7, 2015, 2:35 PM

True. But I'm not a politician and don't need the votes so I don't have build a bridge of compromise. Oh no! Did I offend a politician? :)

cmoneyspinner wrote on March 7, 2015, 2:39 PM

Totally agree. The controversy usually arises because the topic is a matter close to one's heart. Who wouldn't want to defend and fight for something near and dear to them??

cmoneyspinner wrote on March 7, 2015, 2:44 PM

There is no reason to back down? The discussion is for gaining an understanding or for standing on what you understand and believe. The people making their earnest and sincere statements are not backing down. Flip the coin? It took courage (or maybe stupidity) for them to speak their mind AT YOUR BLOG!! Why can't you speak your mind AT YOUR OWN BLOG??!!!!

cmoneyspinner wrote on March 7, 2015, 2:52 PM

Have had friends at other sites who have experienced hate language and threats. Through their experience I learned that those people who think they're “invisible” can be tracked down! So haters and trolls may think they can scare you but … they need to be scared of getting a knock on their door by law enforcement officials asking them why they're being so “naughty”. Yes! Cyber cops are real people!!!

JeanC wrote on March 7, 2015, 3:09 PM

I rarely blog about controversial subjects, but when I do, look out emoticon :grin: I do prefer reading blogs like that as long as there is reasoned discussion. If not, I wander off.

celticeagle wrote on March 7, 2015, 3:26 PM

Depends on the type of person you are. And how controversial the subject matter is. I don't don't tale abut politics or religion. Why? Because my views are very definite and often not agreed with. I come online and write for enjoyment, not to cause a lot of controversy or bad feeling. There are many things I am passionate bout too and I can write about many of them.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 7, 2015, 4:36 PM

You got that right and unfortunately the trolls are on both sides of discuss more often then not.

cmoneyspinner wrote on March 7, 2015, 9:56 PM

When the alleged controversy is about a subject of interest to me, I tune in.

cmoneyspinner wrote on March 7, 2015, 9:58 PM

OK. I totally respect that. Thanks for leaving your "paw prints" here. I'm just glad I have not caused a controversy talking about controversy! :)

Lushlala wrote on March 8, 2015, 3:08 PM

I don't blog yet, but if I were to I'd probably start with neutral topics rather than topical subjects that could trigger controversy. Just while I found my feet, though.

cmoneyspinner wrote on March 9, 2015, 3:09 PM

My daughter suggested that I blog and my several blogs are used as a place where I can place my affiliate referral links most of the time. I also share my thoughts which people can keep or trash. No offense taken whatsoever. Occasionally I feel strong enough or believe strongly enough about a controversial matter to say something about it! It's my two cents! Keep or trash. Won't hurt my feelings. I already said what I said! Moving on.

cmoneyspinner wrote on June 24, 2017, 5:37 PM

SP forum.