Have you been following along with Belinda’s Blogging Compass Series? If not you should because she has been raising some great points about blogging in a very genuine and engaging way, one of which was using your true voice.
It has been on my mind about what directions I want to take my blog and what kind of posts I feel engaged in writing. As I am trying to be more myself in my writing the use of curse words has been going around and around in my head.
I do not feel like I ever read bloggers using any words that someone may find offensive, now I am not talking about being racist or something like that but having words such as shit, crap, or damn in their posts.
I know this is an area that varies with each person and how they were raised plays a big part in their views. As a child my parents were always very careful not to use “bad” words around me and it was very clear but unstated that if I were to use one they would be ashamed which is the worst thing to to do to your parents or so I thought as a child. My mom would on occasion call my dad a prick when she was mad, to my child brain though I was always just confused because I thought it meant something pointy like a prick from a needle and I could never see how my dad was being very pointy.
Now that brings me to myself currently, if you were to talk with me in person for say an hour I am sure at one point I would use any range of “bad” words ranging from shit to fuck. That is just how I am, and have been for somewhere in my teens. Is there other words that I could use in their place, sure but you know what that is just not me. I am a girl that is very likely to exclaim “what the fuck are they doing up there” when my neighbors are loud or “they are full of crap” when I am not pleased with someone (well not to their face but to Mr. H later for sure).
Those words however do not make up my full vocabulary and Mr. H and I do a word of the week from words I have come across reading and did not know. (coming to the blog in October!)
Awhile back we watched a Stephen Fry documentary about language and one installment was dedicated to offensive words and it was fascinating to see so many varied views on what is ok to say and how relative words can be. I know that these words that I think are fine to say because they express what I want to in the moment might turn some people away which brings me to the point of should I not use them then or should I as it would make my posts more authentic and therefore more engaging?
So I am curious do you feel like you exclude or modify your normal language for blogging and where do you stand on “bad” words?