“Offended” is one of the new buzzwords and when it comes to blogging, especially these days, you really want to make sure that aren’t offending someone. Even a blog about getting healthy can be offensive to some people, depending on how you are giving your advice.
How you word things properly really depends on the topic you are blogging about. Think about how you would feel if you were faced with the particular situation you are talking about before letting your post go live.
Here are some tips on being sensitive when it comes to touchy subjects and how not to offend people with your blog.
Not Everyone Wants To Hear Your Speech
Yes, we have freedom of speech, and if you are posting a blog post on your own blog it shouldn’t matter what others think, in a normal world. However, in the real world even if you post something on your own blog people are going to share their opinion about it. That opinion could be something negative against what you said, even if what you said was meant to be positive.
Think about other people’s feelings as you type. If you are talking about suicide you don’t want to say something about people being weak or other negative things. You don’t know what someone goes through when they get that low and you will definitely offend someone if they’ve had a friend or family member commit suicide.
If you don’t know how to write about your chosen topic without offending someone then you should probably just come up with a less controversial topic. Avoid politics, religion, and sexual orientation. That might keep you safe.
Blogging About Health Matters
Sometimes blogging about health care can be just as much like walking on broken glass as blogging about a sex change. If your topic is about something like a diabetes diagnosis, you don’t want to blame someone’s addiction to fast food and obesity for causing their illness, unless you know for a fact that’s the only thing that causes it.
Instead, do some research ahead of time and find out what actually leads to a diabetes diagnosis before writing your post. A well researched article not only attracts more readers, but it also helps give your blog more credibility.
When giving health advice you don’t want to come off as pushy, instead you want to give them something that is real and actually helps them. Telling them they are fat and lazy and that is why they are experiencing back pain and depression isn’t going to help them heal, it’s going to make them worse.
Instead, help them with useful information, real stories, anecdotes, and tips that will help lead them to a better and healthier life.
Originally posted on July 28, 2015 @ 1:07 am