I have plenty of blog posts that I’ve yet to publish. I use my handy dandy editorial calendar to schedule out all posts. The bulk of my editorial calendar is full of drafts. Looking at all my drafts, I honestly don’t see any that I would post. In taking a look through my archives, I can’t think of a post that I feel I shouldn’t have posted. I tend to stay away from controversial issues, but occasionally, depending on the subject matter I have written on a few stirring topics.
I do remember two posts in particular that I wrote, because the topic either agitated me or had me question it. One post I wrote on why some bloggers are mean, was one of those. You can read that post here. Another post I wrote was in response to a CNN.com article posted about a young woman that didn’t want kids. You can find that post here, if you want to give it a read. I feel that if I am going to write on a somewhat controversial topic, it needs to be relevant to my blog. Both of these topics were, because I take it that most of my readers are other bloggers or women. I genuinely wanted feedback on these topics from people who could relate to them. This is the approach I always take if I am going to post something that I feel might be stirring.
I approach blogging that same as I approach speaking; thinking beforehand. I always ask myself, does this really need to be said or posted? What type of response will I actually garner from this content? If the answers to either one of those questions is “no” or something negative, them I don’t say it or post it. However, if I feel strongly enough about something and I’m willing to stay in the kitchen and take the heat, I would post it. At the end of the day, my blog is my happy place, so I will continue to do everything I can to keep it that way.
Is your blog your happy place? How do you decided what to post on and what not to? Do you post on things that your unsure about the response it will garner?
Not often! I keep it safe from certain controversial topics – politics, religion, etc. For the most part anyway.
I do get personal.
I did read your post about mean bloggers and I definitely cringed inside. Not from what you wrote, but that it exists. I guess there are mean people in every walk of life. All we can do is connect with like-minded bloggers and stay true to what we do this for.
Tamara, I couldn’t agree with your entire comment more! You are so right when you say mean people exist everywhere, even in the blogging world.
Connecting with like-minded bloggers is the best route to take, you form some of the best friendships that way. Like you, every so often I do get personal, but not too often. I like to keep things light and happy for the most part. 🙂