Poll about blog topics

Melbourne Cup Day 2012 021Would you give up expressing your views (on a blog) if you knew some topics or opinions may alienate some of your readers? Should we stay away from politics, religion and health matters? What is more important – authenticity or popularity (statistics)?

When I write I tend to go with the flow and let my words express my thoughts – obviously there are some boundaries that I adhere to. I was surprised this week as I sent my blog address to a distant relative, Peter (are you reading this Peter ๐Ÿ™‚) and he provided me with some feedback.

He said: “Visited your Blog this morning.ย  First impression: warm, peaceful and serene.ย  Just loved it.ย  I donโ€™t know how you have done that but it has such a comfortable feel about it.ย  Truly marvelous selection of words and pictures.ย  Must be the trees whispering into the ether! That was until I came across Julia. Ambiance shattered!!”

The “Julia” he referred to is our current Prime Minister. I don’t deny she is very unpopular with a lot of people but I wanted to express my views in support of her. I wonder if I lost any other readers with that post.

It is more important for me to express my true opinions/feelings than seek popular support. I rarely write about my political views but don’t try to hide them when they are relevant to the discussion.

What do you think? Are some topics taboo if we want to increase our number of readers? Please take my poll below and let me know if there are other topics that I overlooked please. You can choose more than one topic on the poll.



10 thoughts on “Poll about blog topics

  1. I think you should feel free to write on just about any subject you like. The more controversial are usually the most interesting. It’s not the subject that would alienate me; but I could be put off by the way the subject is addressed. I find the challenge is to write inclusively for my audience, and, at times, that means being aware of how the subject will be received.

    • Well said Ted. I guess it compares to how journalism should be – open to different points of view and not just a personal bias. I note that you DO write very inclusively and on some controversial topics in a way that no-one could be offended.

  2. The biggest turn off for me is bloggers who throw pity parties for themselves in post after post and justify the practice/habit by saying they just needed to VENT. ACK! ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Yes, I know what you mean – when I first started blogging I found a lot of blogs like that but I got bored with them after a while. There are so many great blogs and so little time ๐Ÿ™‚

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