A short one today.
I call it a wonder post.
Something that makes me wonder.
There is an old adage online (old in internet time), that says you should be yourself when you write.
Write like you talk in person, they say.
I couldn’t agree more. 100%.
And when you are yourself, you are more genuine and that can come across in your writing.
Plus when you ARE genuine, you won’t have any trouble keeping up with what you’ve said before. You won’t have trouble keeping your story straight, so to speak.
When people talk about being yourself in your writing, it’s usually referring to blogging or more so, email marketing.
Oh you had to know there was a butt coming.
I’ve noticed a small growing trend. Ever so small it seems. Or I am just picky.
Blogging that contains profanity.
I guess what got me thinking was a blog I ran across a couple weeks ago.
(Yes I’ve been thinking a while)
It looks like a newer blogger. From all appearances. But what was surprising was the language. It was ripe.
Let me state for the record I am no prude. I REALLY want to stress that. I do cuss from time to time. Not that often though, really.
Truth be known, one of my favorite shows is the Trailer Park Boys. Not for the language, but it’s defiantly there.
It comes down to this for me…
To each their own.
Do what you want to do.
Don’t let me stop you.
One of the great benefits about the net is the freedoms, such as the freedom of speech.
I just wonder, when it comes to profanity, if it turns off more people (visitors, readers or subscribers) than it builds raving fans?
Now if you’re a Frank Kern you can get away with it. He has. And I am sure he won’t be changing his personality any time soon. Think most people wouldn’t want him to.
Of course I am not knocking Frank, “dude” knows his stuff, no doubt about it.
I can think of one other marketer off the top of my head. There are not that many.
But if you’re an unknown, can it help you or hurt you?
For me personally, I would rather error on the side of caution. So I keep the naughty words to myself when I am writing.
Now, the blogger I mentioned before, the newer one, the ripe language did not seem natural, so maybe it was just his way of trying to be out there, or be a “character”.
But… it begs the question…
I am curious, what do you think?
Is it a turn off for you?
Or do you see the writer as more real?
I am sure there will be people from both sides, but I am more curious about the majority.
There are people I know in real life that would set off the swear meter if they wrote like they talked.
Not saying they are bad people, they are good friends and family (don’t tell anyone I said that), just saying, they enjoy saying the bad words. In some circles, there is not enough soap for them.
I’ll say it once again; people have the right to say what they want, in most countries.
I am not passing judgment.
What do you think? Yah or nay?
Don’t be shy now…
Leave your thoughts in the comments below.