My Swearing Background
Personally, I rarely ever do it…but I actually swear quite a bit in person (when I’m around friends) and enjoy when other people’s posts and book reviews use curse words to get their point across. While I don’t think that it’s always necessary to swear in a post, sometimes a well-placed “bad word” sets just the right tone. Very occasionally, I will use a swear word in a post or review, but only when I feel like I absolutely have to use it because it’s the “perfect” word for what I’m trying to say, or if I want to strongly emphasize something. Sometimes I actually wish that I felt comfortable swearing more often online, but the last thing that I want to do is accidentally offend somebody or put a bad taste in someone’s mouth about my blog, so usually I decide to refrain.
Some Bloggers Do Curse
But I notice that there are some bloggers out there who do it all the time! I can’t decide if I should be jealous of their assertive and confident behavior…or feel bad that they might be scaring certain readers away. But, on the other hand — they probably don’t even really want readers who would be offended by swear words, so I get why they don’t feel the need to censor themselves.
How Professional Should Your Blog Be?
But there’s also another aspect to this dilemma…your loyal readers aren’t the only ones that are seeing these posts. Publishers are, too. How do they feel about people using swear words in reviews? I’ve just always assumed that they might think it’s a little unprofessional, which is another reason why I rarely swear on the blog (and, when I do, it’s almost never in a review). I guess I just think of it like…if I was talking to a publisher in person and telling them what I thought of one of their books, would I describe it with curses? Probably not. So it only makes sense to grant them that same curtesy online. I don’t want to use the fact that I’m hiding behind a screen to give myself permission to behave badly — that seems like a pretty slippery slope
My Personal Choice
For me, personally, using swear words in a post or a review just isn’t really something that I do. I might swear a lot with friends, but I think that I tend to look at my blog as a slightly more professional atmosphere than hanging out at a bar with the girls. But I still try to stay warm, friendly, and open so that, even though I might not totally let my guard down, readers still get a pretty good sense of who I am.
What do you think about swearing in blog posts and book reviews? Do you do it…why or why not?