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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
Here I am, once again, writing an impromptu discussion post. This was not my original topic for this week’s discussion posts, but after being inspired by something I read during the #BHPChat, I decided to wing it and spew out my thoughts about ‘controversial’ discussion posts.
I LOVE reading discussions posts. I think what I like most about them is that they allow for us to get to know a blogger better as they provide their own personal thoughts and opinions about a topic. They show a different side, they get a little personal, sometimes maybe even a bit too personal, which can sometimes bring about heated arguments. This can sometimes lead to conflict as we take to social media to rant about how much we disagree with that blogger’s opinion. The post then earns the label as being ‘controversial’, even if that was never the blogger’s intention. Oh the drama!
It’s responses like that that bring about fear and make bloggers think twice about voicing their thoughts about a topic. But IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THIS WAY! As bloggers, we preach about being ‘honest reviewers’. When we see a negative review about a highly beloved book, we don’t shame that blogger for their thoughts. Instead, we thank them for sharing their honest opinion. Yet when a blogger shares their own unpopular opinion about a topic, they are given the cold shoulder. I think this is HIGHLY PROBLEMATIC!
I personally LIKE controversial discussion posts, even if that blogger’s views differ from my own. As long as one provides VALID REASONS for why they feel a certain way, then that works for me. If one CAN’T back up your argument, then I’m going to have an issue because stating an opinion just for the sake of having one is a NO is my book. I admire the bloggers who tackle issues that others would rather push to the side because highlighting a problem can lead to finding a solution to said problem. But how can this possibly happen if one is too afraid to speak up?
♥ AGREE TO DISAGREE ♥
I think there would probably be less drama if we all took a second to look at the ‘controversial’ post from a objective standpoint. Try to really understand what the blogger is trying to say before we jump down their throats. Even if we still disagree with their views, we shouldn’t shame them. Instead, we can state our reasons for why we feel the opposite and ‘agree to disagree’. This can actually open the floor allow for a larger discussion and bring about new POVs. Heck, you may even find bloggers whose views align with your own! Controversial posts don’t have to lead to rants and subtweets. They can bring about positive change, but only if we let it.
So next time a thought pops up in your head that you think may stir up trouble, I dare you to write it. Post it. Share it. We’re a community dammit, so share your ideas. BE BOLD! Be the black sheep. You may find that there are others out there who feel the same way you do who will thank you for sharing your thoughts and this may even inspire others to share their own. Starting a conversation is what a discussion posts is all about and if you’re posts is starting whispers, then you have SUCCEEDED.
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
What are some of your thoughts about ‘controversial’ discussion posts?
Let me know in the comments!