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Controversial Blogging

6 February, 2004 9:30 PM

The last few days and weeks there have been a number of interesting discussions going on in a variety of blog posts.

- Dan at Signposts came out of the closet this week and is getting a variety of responses in comments of the post.

- Rachel's oldish post, Spam I Am, has also had some renewed interest in it with some of those mentioned in the post taking issue with the critique.

- Backyard Missionary - Hamo is reconsidering his blogging approach after unintentionally hurting a reader.

- There has also been quite a bit of recent discussion on one of my old Hillsong posts.

Blogging often takes some interesting twists and turns. It can be an incredibly rich experience of 'meeting' and connecting with some amazing people from around the globe. However in the midst of this is are also those moments when expressing you ideas, opinions and experiences opens a can of worms - touching on peoples hurts, challenging values and creating sometimes heated discussion and debate.



No one wants to hurt or cause offense, but I might be willing to risk a little controversy in order to get my blog noticed a bit more! You know, the old "there's no such thing as bad publicity" adage. I'm a relative newcomer to blogging, and I'd like to believe the time and energy I put into my blog would warrant people actually reading it. :)

Cindy » 7 February, 2004 2:01 AM

I've said this other places, and I think it applies here -- one of the most commonly recurring themes in blogging/online diaries is drama, that is drama caused by unintentional/inflammatory commentary. I was involved with d*land early on in it's history, pretty close to the beginning of the blog explosion, and it wasn't long before people figured out that drama=hits. Online suicide notes, jennyc is a biatch notes, my boyfriend is an asshole notes, and any other number of soap opera style dramas play upon reader's voyeuristic natures, especially when a journal/blog isn't primarily a personal diary. It makes the reader feel like the fourth wall has been pierced, and now they are learning the "real" author. It is a hit-magnet for the same reason Star and The National Enquirer sell millions of issues -- it's there, and it tells "real dirt" about people that you've never met but somehow feel connected to. So basically, I disagree -- I think that in many cases, controversy is what blogs are there for. The possibility of getting dirt or intrigue or drama from a blog is what keeps a lot of people reading them. /rizzn

rizzn » 7 February, 2004 6:32 AM

I agree. I particularly like at times when I post something, perhaps even taking a bold stance on something, and some one offers up another pov on it. It can really aid in providing a broader horizon on things.

Rich » 8 February, 2004 1:33 AM

I deffinitely agree with the last paragraph.

Tora » 9 February, 2004 1:38 AM

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