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I recently watched a video named “Owned and Operated” on the Crackin Films site.

In a nutshell, it’s a movie about how the world is changing and not necessarily for the better. The film goes on to show how we, as citizens can make a difference if we choose to.

After watching the movie I shared a link to it on Facebook and included a note that the film contains profanity.

Today’s Lesson

I knew I didn’t have to warn my followers about the profanity in the movie, however I didn’t want anyone to be caught off guard, especially if they decided to watch the film with young children.

But, it’s not just in films we see profanity, we see it in blog posts, comments and in social media sites, too.

With freedom of speech, many of the people who converse online feel it’s okay to swear.

And, it is.

The problem is, some people are offended by curse words.

Since social media and blogs aren’t rated or categorized according to content, what’s shared online is there for anyone to see or read.

We can’t protect people from what they might find online, but as blog authors and members of social media sites, we can post a warning to alert our friends or visitors of profanity or potentially offensive language or images.

We can, but…is that really necessary?

Today’s Assignment

Do you think it’s our job to warn our friends, followers and/or visitors about profanity and/or offensive language or images on sites we own or link to?

Care to share?

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In our construction business, my husband asks the employees to refrain from using curse words when they’re in the company of clients.

Especially women and children.

Because it is “the client” who creates work for all of us and ultimately provides an income from which we can pay the bills, he wants our employees to act respectful while on a job site.

Now, when they leave the job, that’s another story. Swearing and profanity on blogs and social networking sites

The employees are free to say what they want, how they want.

Today’s Lesson

Online we have freedom of speech.

We may not have clients who “pay the bills”, nor do we HAVE TO show respect.

We can say whatever we want, however we want.

And because of that, some will use profanity to bully others, get a point across, or to show off.

Others will write like they talk, which often includes the use of curse words.

And in some cultures, what some readers may see as offensive, isn’t offensive at all.

Personally, I don’t incorporate swear words into my writings, nor do I mind seeing a few curse words online. However, if a blog post is littered with offensive language or images, I click off.

Those types of posts are not my preferred reading material.

That said, with the world wide web being so large, I’m sure there’s an audience for that, too.

What say you?

Today’s Assignment

How do you feel about profanity in blogs and on social networking sites?

Do you use it?

Or are you offended by it?

Care to share?

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I’ve heard them called “ten dollar words”.

You know, the “BIG” words some people use to explain a process or procedure, or even to tell a story. Many will understand what the person is talking about, but some won’t.Blogging for Dummies

This is very evident in the medical profession, as well as in government. Sometimes professionals use the language of their trade to save words, whereas others will use big words as a method of showing off, excluding, intimidating or confusing others.

With blogging we see this happening, too.

Today’s Lesson

For myself, I see it in “How to” pages when I’m learning how to work behind the scenes of my blog.

Those whom are technologically experienced normally write in “computer language”, possibly assuming others will understand or feeling they shouldn’t have to “dumb down” by writing the information in easy to understand terms.

However, I recently read,

The person, in whom the foundational skills of reading have not yet become automatic, will read haltingly and with great difficulty. The poor reader is forced to apply all his concentration to word recognition, and therefore has “no concentration left” to decode the written word, and as a result he will not be able to read with comprehension.

If that’s the case, it’s no wonder some are skimming posts, leaving comments which appear off topic, or are not commenting at all. It’s possible they don’t understand what’s written or have depleted their concentration reserves.

I don’t know about you, but I want my readers to comprehend what I share. After all, I have new bloggers showing up and I certainly don’t want them leaving because it appears I assume they know what I’m talking about.

Granted, there are times when it’s necessary for a reader to do additional homework in order to understand blogging, but on average, my hope is I can appeal to the widest audience possible.

Our readers are showing up from all over the world. Even though our first language may be English and our ability to comprehend may be higher than others, in many instances, that’s not the case.

Knowing this, I don’t have a problem simplifying what I share.

Do you?

Today’s Assignment

Do you think a blogger should write below their education or intelligence level just to please their readers?

Have you ever landed on a site which made no sense to you, all because of the language the author used?

Care to share?

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Interesting fact: The longest word, according to Wikipedia, is Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The definition is:

“a factitious word alleged to mean a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, causing inflammation in the lungs.'” A condition meeting the word’s definition is normally called silicosis.

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