Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link 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: Offensive Content
Offensive content is a pretty broad topic, but one that I love writing about. Should you curse on your blog? Should you worry about being politically correct? Do you tell people who don’t like what you post to shove it or do you try to make all members of your community as comfortable as possible? What about your social media accounts – should you treat that differently than you treat your actual blog? And who decides what is offensive and what is not?
My answers to these questions might not be the same as yours – and that’s okay. When it comes to offensive content, it’s all about doing what is right for you and your brand. It’s not always an easy question to answer, but reading others’ opinions about it can help you look at the debate from all facets. So, without further ado, let’s see what some brilliant bloggers out there have to say about offensive content.
Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:
OMG: F**K, Sh*T, or Worse in Your Corporate Social Media by Maria Pergolino
I really like this post because it talks about the offensive content problem not just from a blogger or online persona perspective, but from a business perspective. If you’re a business owner, be aware of you your employees are representing you online! After checking out this post from Maria, head to Twitter to follow her @InboundMarketer.
Social Objects: The Frickin’ Art of Cussing by Troy Janisch
Troy’s post is awesome because even though I’m someone who doesn’t shy away from swear words on my own blog, I whole-heartedly agree with him that there needs to be an art to it. In this post, he talks about a piece of artwork that included a dirty word and why it got a reaction from people. It’s about being effective – and frankly, as he says, most of the time, frickin’ does the job. Check out the post and then follow Troy on Twitter @socialmeteor.
1 Way to Keep From Offending Your Readers by Richard W. Scott
I won’t spoil it for ya – if you want the one without-a-doubt way to avoid offending your blog’s readers, you have to click through to Richard’s post. It’s a good one; you won’t be disappointed. I usually like to link to a person’s Twitter profile here, but I couldn’t find one in this case…so, if you’re out there, Richard, let me know and I’ll add it!
Even More Brilliant Advice:
- 3 Questions to Ask about Offensive Content on Your Blog by Kristi Hines (@kikolani)
- Blog Loses Massive Traffic Due To Profanity by Barbara Swafford (@BSwafford)
- Cursing in blog posts – do you mind it? by Chris Pund (@chrispund)
- ‘Cursing’ on the Websphere can Get You in Trouble… by Hassan Mikail (@hmikail)
- Dropping the F-Bomb: Blogging with Naughty Words by Justin Dupre (@Justin_Dupre)
- How Swearing Hurts Your Blog Traffic by Scary Booster (@ScaryBooster)
- How to Avoid Offending Your Blog Readers by Brenda
- Is there a place for Swearing in Social Media? by Jay Dolan (@TheAntiMedia)
- On Being Appropriate by Deb Ng (@DebNg)
- Swearing on Your Blog by Michelle Baron
- Swearing’s Bad, Umkay? by Aalia S.
Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about offensive content? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!
Next Week’s Topic: List-Building
I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Bloggers Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.