Courting Controversy? 4 Ways to Enlighten Without Alienating Readers!
I hate to be the bearer of bad news.
But be forewarned.
If you’re a “serious” blogger or writer, at some point or another in your blogging career, you’ll be forced to take a stand or express an opinion that may cause disagreement or debate.
Sometimes it may be intentional or strategic on your part. Other times it can come quite by accident.
Suffice it to say, it comes with the territory.
Anytime you have a platform or public visibility, there’s a potential for it to happen.
Let’s face it.
Words are powerful. And whether they’re written or spoken, sometimes people can misconstrue them, “respectfully disagree”, or take offense to your word choice or delivery.
No worries. All controversy need not cause dissension.
These situations can provide great opportunity for intelligent debate and enlightenment.
Take for example an incident that happened awhile back ago within the blogging community.
I was doing my usual surfing and stumbled upon a very interesting and lively debate at a popular blogging site.
From what I could decipher, the blog owner had an issue with a design program and its functionality. To make a long story short, he said that in his recommendation, it was not the best value for one’s money.
In all honesty I couldn’t truly assess the merits of his argument, because I’ve never used the program. Still, I learned some things I didn’t know before, and the author earned my respect for honesty and courage. Not to mention, there was so much traffic on this site, that if it were a “physical” highway rather than a “virtual” one, we’d be riding bumper to bumper even now.:-)
With this in mind…
Here are 4 ways to court controversy without alienating blog readers.