Just Because We’re Bloggers Doesn’t Mean You Own Us.


Just Because We’re Bloggers Doesn’t Mean You Own Us.

I wanted to sound off my opinion on this topic – why, you ask – because I’m a blogger, obviously, and that’s kind of what we do here on the interwebs.

It was this post on IFB that sparked my urge to want to chime in on the topic of whether or not bloggers should share their own political, religious, and otherwise sensitive opinions on their blogs.

Personally, I’m all for it. I might not always agree with their opinions and others might not agree with mine, but I was brought up with the belief that you respect the opinions of others because it’s a by-product way of respecting them as a person.  After all, a person’s ideals and beliefs are an extension of who they are as a person and I think we can all do with a little more acceptance in the world, myself included. It’s not always easy to accept the things you may not agree with or like about a person, but it’s a task for humanity that I think is worth undertaking.

One thing that really irks me is the fact that we, in general, tend to think we own public figures. Whether that’s politicians, celebrities, or bloggers (not that I think I’m a celebrity because like 5 of you follow me, but I digress) – we like to think we can possess these people in some way – that they belong to us – and that we as the general public can define who they are, but that’s absolutely untrue.

Just because you’re a person who’s putting yourself out there for the public to see and judge doesn’t mean that you don’t have an opinion. It doesn’t mean you stop being a human being with feelings and emotions just because others can now comment on what you have to say.

It seems like a lot of bloggers get called out for having an opinion on a touchy subject. One way or another, whatever your opinion is, it will get criticized, and that’s true even when you’re not a public figure. God forbid you publish a touchy status update on Facebook. I am willing to bet it starts some kind of a feud with at least one person you know, but if you’re a blogger? You could be committing career suicide which is why many of us probably choose not to stand up (or sit down, as it were) for the things we believe in, but I’m not sure it’s in the best interest of what the internet is supposed to be about – the free flow of information.

Obviously, at the end of the day, you can choose to leave your personal life and thoughts off your blog.

Keeping things professional is a great idea, especially if you monetize your blog, and at the end of the day it’s your personal choice. Because my personal choice is to keep things professional, kind, accepting, and open, I’ve shared my thoughts on topics that I think some people may disagree with, but I’ve always worked hard to keep communication open and accepting no matter what my or readers beliefs may be. Of course, it sometimes means sharing some of my thoughts and ideas that you may or may not agree with, but as a blogger, all I can do is put myself out there and hope that you won’t hate me for it.

I’d love for you to share your thoughts on this!

Do you think bloggers should share their personal opinions on their blogs or should things be kept strictly professional and inside their blog’s subject matter?



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6 thoughts on “Just Because We’re Bloggers Doesn’t Mean You Own Us.

  1. July 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Great post!! I agree with you here. Blogs are opinion-based and no blogger should ever be penalized, or have people unfollow them for expressing their opinions. After all, when people post things like, “I can’t believe X said Y and I just don’t believe in that. Unfollowing,” they too, are expressing an opinion. Unfortunately, once they’ve un-followed, un-subscribed or whatever else they can “un,” we, as bloggers can’t undo the potentially hurtful things they’ve said. People need to re-learn tolerance, as it seems to be something people have forgotten over time.

    1. July 15, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      Thank you! I think that I can understand if someone chooses to unfollow me based on my opinions ( that’s their right you know ), but what I don’t understand is all that extra crap where they try to shame the person. Like ” Totally cannot believe you support this cause, so disappointed, unfollowing ” and that’s like the tip of the iceberg. I’ve seen people get downright hateful and that’s what I think is unnecessary. If you don’t believe how I believe, that’s fine, you know, but there’s no need to hate me for it. that’s the part I don’t get.

  2. Valerie
    July 13, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    When I read a blog, I want to read about the specific topic the blogger posts about i.e. make up, gardening, etc. With that being said, since it is your blog, you have the right to post about *whatever* you want. If I feel like a blog is going in a direction I’m not interested in or whatever I might take a break from it, only read it occasionally or stop reading it altogether. I also don’t feel the need to criticize the blogger for it either. Just my two cents 🙂 Love your blog, btw!

    1. July 15, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      I definitely understand where you’re coming from. That’s, of course, your right as a reader you know. I don’t expect people to follow me who are not interested in what I post. That defeats the purpose. Of course, I think if your blog is about fashion or beauty then that’s what your blog, for the most part, should be about. Which is why I try to keep posts about blogging to a minimum. But I do want to comment on things sometimes and so I do. And I’m happy there are people out there who don’t take my thoughts personally because they’re just that. my thoughts. Thanks so much for commenting and enjoying my blog – it means a lot to me!

  3. July 16, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    I agree that we should be able to talk about our own opinions when it comes to our blog. I think that if we don’t inject a certain degree of opinions or viewpoints to a post then they become to bland and ‘samey’. The most controversial post I ever posted was this: http://thedailyluxe.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/why-are-you-allowed-to-love-your-curves.html It was basically about the fact that it’s ok to call naturally thin girls ‘anorexic’, but if we call someone morbidly obese fat we are seen as ‘fattist’. I know this post upset one of my friends, who was a plus sized blogger, but it also inspired other readers. For example, I was contacted by a young girl from Sudan who said she found my article inspiring. I think as long as you are sure the messages you are putting across are not dangerous and too controversial, putting across your opinion is what makes your post unique. And they start a conversation- just as your post here has!!

    Rachel xx

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