For those of you who haven’t noticed, the infamous blogosphere is a strange yet wonderful world.…
Journalists can hate us, but then become us. Speculation on an obscure podcast can be public knowledge by the next day. It can be a hugely reassuring and supportive world, full of like minded souls meeting and sharing, where comfort and friendship are all within grasp.
Alternatively, however, our casual posts can be taken the wrong way. Someone can be insulted or hurt by your words, and certain topics like religion can fire up plenty of debate and angry feelings. You may feel that as fashion bloggers we are immune to this complicated dance between saying what we want and saying what others want to say. However, when you write on any blog, fashion or otherwise, you write something anyone can see. I know blog writers who have been verbally abused on their posts, or who have had to withdraw quick and unplanned speculations, because of a flurry of angry responses.
When what you say is public, never expect life to be easy – just as you access the brilliant, the bright and the beautiful, so you manage to encourage all those creeps out of the digital woodwork.
So, how do you veto your own posts? What is OK to say and what “isn’t”? Here are some techniques myself and other bloggers use in order to use our right to free speech (and being more than a little opinionated).
Whilst the world likes to claim a human right of free speech, that works both ways – people reading your blog have the right to say what they want. If you are not happy to be judged, add a simple disclaimer to your site – no need to make it stuffy, stick with short, sweet and slightly tongue in cheek.
The best colour for shoes may be the worlds hottest debate – and if you have something bright and controversial to say, it is worth giving the other bright and controversial readers of your blog a chance to say their bit right back. Invite debate – and let your faithful followers work it out themselves. This means you can be as controversial as you want!
Writing for others.
Now this is a provocative idea. The original purpose of blogging was to let us, the bloggers, have a voice. We used to write for us, and just for us. Viewers stumbled across our tortured whining, and stayed if they chose. Now though, I am willing to bet a big percentage of bloggers write for a commercial purpose. Not necessarily to make money, but to make hits and raise profile. For that reason, sometimes is it best to writ about what your readers want to her. Topical touchy subjects are great. Trends you hate can be hugely popular – be brave and write about them anyway!
Now, I am not saying that us bloggers don’t think – we are one fo the most intellectual and continually thinking groups out there. However, sometimes if you aren’t certain about how you audience will take you p[st, it is best to sit on it for 24 hours – and once you have a little distance, see if you still feel like posting it!
Don’t avoid posting if you have a personal interest in the topic – it is likely that other bloggers will feel the same way. If something really gets your goat, it might be best for you to let people know – that old chestnut about “making a difference” really comes into play here! AsheMischief felt it was really controversial to post about the 9 year old blogger, but it was also an issue she thought needed to be addressed, whether she liked it or not.
Get over it.
You have something you really want to post, but now you are sitting on it for fear of putting of readers? It’s beautifully written, but not the most obvious of opinions? In this case, get over it. It’s great writing, it deserves to be out there – ignore you fear and be brave! Even if it comes back and bites you in the ass, at least you’ll know you bit the bullet and didn’t give in the unspoken peer pressure.
This is just a start – and you must remember that in the end what you write is your choice, and yours alone. No one has to read it after all – but now perhaps you can write about just what you want, without worrying so much about public response.
Lauren from A Typical Atypical