Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
With blogging we often hear, “don’t discuss politics or religion”, and the longer we blog, we learn there are other hot topics to stay away from, too.
Anytime we publish a post on a controversial topic, we open ourselves and our beliefs up to scrutiny. We risk attacks by trolls or naysayers who may show up on our blogs and attack US, instead of discussing the topic at hand.
I’ve seen many blog posts where a blog author has stated their views on a specific topic only to be slammed, threatened or humiliated by those who comment. Seeing situations like that can make a fellow blog author think twice about standing up for what they believe. In fact, it can even silence their voice.
Granted, as blog authors we have the option of deleting derogatory comments or even closing comments on posts, however by doing so we’re not exposing ourselves and our readers to both sides of a topic. Instead we’re sending the message, “I’m right.”, “Don’t argue with me.” or, “Your opinion doesn’t matter.” .
On the flip side, by not sharing our true beliefs we can easily become like sheeple; following the herd, never questioning what’s right or wrong (for us), not thinking for ourselves and not daring to take a stand.
But with a blog, we can play devil’s advocate. Educate our readers. Make them think. Listen to their view points and learn more about the topic, as well.
Fortunately, with blogging we have choices. We can stay away from those topics which are hot button issues, or we can publish posts on topics we’re passionate about and let our voice be heard.
The choice is ours.
Do you blog about things that matter to you, or do you prefer to play it safe?
If you play it safe, are you doing so in order to avoid controversy?
Care to share?