Got An Opinion? Think Twice Before Publishing!

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog post regarding my opinions. I don’t think any of my dear readers can recall the last time I wrote a really ‘serious’ blog post.

There is a very simple reason for this. And I think those of you who are new to blogging should pay attention.

The reason I am hesitant to state my stand on the different issues (be it politics, current events or religious subjects) is I am fearful of the comments that I may receive.

Too many times in the past I have received comments that really made me wish I had never started blogging in the first place. Debating and arguments are not my forte, so to have someone disagree or misunderstand my intentions, and not being able to defend my opinion properly makes me feel terrible.

I really admire how legally trained bloggers like Pablo, Josh and Haris Ibrahim write and respond to comments.

I have to admit that I have made mistakes in the past, and each of these unpleasant encounters with angry readers have taught me valuable blogging lessons.

It hurts too.

Some of the lessons I learned from personal experience and from other bloggers are:

  1. Write based on facts.
  2. Re-read your sentences and paragraphs to see if they leave room for wrong interpretation or assumptions.
  3. Be careful of personal bias or prejudice. What you, your family or your friends believe in may not be fair to others.
  4. There will always be someone smarter than you. Don’t force them to make you look dumb.
  5. Don’t spend too much effort arguing with people who disagree with you. Just state your stand, and accept that they have a right to their view point.
  6. If you blog under your own name, be careful about revealing personal details like the place you live or work.
  7. Admit when you are wrong.
  8. Don’t publish when you’re angry. Cool down and review your post.
  9. Don’t write statements that could get you in trouble with the law. Be familiar with terms such as slander or sedition.
  10. Get both sides of the story. It is easy to lean too far to the left or too far to the right on any issue if we only read from one source or sources who think the same way.

Well, I’d like to believe that I’m turning into a responsible blogger. I feel sorry for some of the things I’ve written in anger. The bad thing is I find that I am trying to stay clear from taking risks and playing it safe.

How I wish I could just say what is on my mind. I suppose I could do that if I started an anonymous blog (which I have tried, but no time to maintain so many blogs).

The fact is that bloggers are answerable to their readers and to the authorities of their country.

Perhaps I will write an ‘opinion’ post tomorrow.

What about you readers? Have you had any bad experiences? What did you do? Did it deter you from writing this type of posts? Got any advice to share?

Photo: Colin Adamson

12 thoughts on “Got An Opinion? Think Twice Before Publishing!”

  1. Hi , ko-ko Adino, thanks for sharing this post, I’m quite new to blogging, and I won’t say I am a perfect blogger, there were times where I wished I didn’t say certain things in my post,but recently I have been wondering how far is too far, when we write about our feelings or frustrations, and due to some bad experience with other bloggers,( as in they lash out at specific ppl on their blogs ) I really didn’t know how to blog a d ( Its like I was afraid what I’d say would offend or hurt people ). Thanks for your post, its one that I agree with, and its very timely, I really needed it. Thanks again !

    Adino: Hi! Perhaps you can still keep some things private when you write. Just trust your instincts and remember that anything you write on your blog is permanent record.

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