16 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Controversy

Brilliant Bloggers is a bi-weekly series here at NMX where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every other week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge list of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: Writing Controversial Posts

Earlier this month, I posted “The Art of Constructive Controversy on Your Blog” here on the NMX blog. Controversial blog posts are a great way to boost your traffic numbers, but at the same time, they can invite not-so-good attention to your blog as well.

Today, I wanted to expend on the post I wrote by giving you links to other brilliant bloggers who have also published advice on how to deal with controversial topics on your blog.

Brilliant Blogger of the Week:

How to Write a Controversial Blog Post with No Regrets by Rachel Held Evans

Writing a controversial blog post can be like opening a can of worms. It’s great to post your opinion on a topic, but it can also bring the wrath of trolls upon you. You also risk alienating members of your community or even writing a post you later regret. How can you avoid this? Rachel Held Evans has a ton of great tips you should check out.

After reading the entire post, you can also find Rachel on Twitter at @rachelheldevans.

Even More Brilliant Advice:

  1. The 3 Hidden Benefits of a Controversial Guest Post by Eugene Farber (@EugeneFarber)
  2. 5 Rules for Effective Controversial Blog Posts by Althaf Ahmed
  3. Avoid controversial topics like politics and religion in your marketing by David Meerman Scott (@DMScott)
  4. Bloggers – Is It Wise to be “Controversial?” by Amanda DiSilvestro (@ADiSilvestro)
  5. Creating Controversy May Be Beneficial For Your Blog by Maikol Akintonde (@maikolakintonde)
  6. Controversial Blog Posts: Good or Bad for Business? by Jessica Bates
  7. Courting Controversy: Should Your B2B Content Touch Hot Topics? by Matthew McKenzie
  8. Helpful Tips for Writing About Controversial Topics by Zac Johnson (@moneyreign )
  9. How Not to Suck at Controversial Blogging by Bob Meinke (@bobmeinke)
  10. How To Restrain From Creating Controversy While Blogging On Controversial Issues? by Amanda Kidd
  11. How to Tackle Controversial Topics in Blogging by Jennifer Brown Banks (@Jenpens2)
  12. The Indignation Industry, or the Art of Blogging Controversies by Timothy Dalrymple (@TimDalrymple_)
  13. Is Using Controversial Content Killing Your Brand? by Directory Maximizer
  14. Why Controversy is Good for Your Blog and Inbound Marketing by Chris Stone
  15. Why I Don’t Write Deliberately Controversial Posts by Katie Tietje (@ModernAMama)

Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about controversial posts? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link.

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About Allison Boyer

Allison Boyer freelance writer and content marketing consultant. She also runs the food blog The PinterTest Kitchen with her mom and sister. You can follow her shenanigans on Twitter (@allison_boyer) or contact her at allisonmboyer@gmail.com.


  1. wordsdonewrite says:

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    • anaralvarado says:

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  2. donniebryant says:

    Way to go! RT”@EugeneFarber: My guest post about controversy @AnaTrafficCafe has been featured on http://t.co/ZhRo4les via @blogworld”

  3. cr8community says:

    @theintelligiser Wish all the tips were on that page. Who has the time/energy to click on all those links?

  4. ADiSilvestro says:

    @allison_boyer @rachelheldevans @EugeneFarber @dmscott What an honor! Thank you so much for adding me to the list!

  5. What a great Category Name: Brilliant Bloggers. I love it.  And ‘Even More Brilliant Advice’ – a website with humor – just my cup of tea.
    As luck would have it :), one of my most popular articles is How to Write Brilliant Comments & Increase Site Traffic! 
    I like to add a dash of humor into my information based articles when appropriate. It’s not often done in the blogging world, but it makes my blog different, and it’s more fun for me.  It seems to be quite popular too – at least no death threats as yet.