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I'm so glad you stopped by and hope you find this blog an interesting read. I've been blogging since April of 2006, currently the author of six public and two private blogs. In the beginning I knew absolutely nothing about blogging. Over the years through trial and error, frustration and elation, and a few tears I've learned a lot. However, the learning process when it comes to blogging continues to evolve. Here you will find a hodge podge of my blogging experiences, useful codes and how-tos, sprinkled liberally with my opinions. Enjoy!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Controversy, Yeah or Ney?

Back in the heyday of blogging networks, one of the recommended blogging strategies for building blog traffic was controversy.  The technique is still recommended to some degree today.  While using controversy may be somewhat effective, it does tend to drive the wrong type of traffic to your blog.  It is a difficult technique to maintain as well and certainly does not lend itself effective in all blogging niches.  It may be effective in a blog focusing on current events, or hot topics like religion and politics but for the types of blogs I write, there really isn't much controversy to talk about.  Granted, I could stretch a couple of them to include a bit of controversy but there really is no need.  My position is that most bloggers do not need to use controversy as a blogging strategy.   I understand that some bloggers need or want to use controversy as a strategy.  This is entirely up to them and they are more than likely aware of the risks they take.

Some have taking the technique of discussing controversial topics to such a level that their blog is defined solely by the controversy.  This may or may not be a good thing.  It could be good in that controversy gets folks talking and thinking outside the box.  In most cases though, the controversy brings negative repercussions like dealing with online trolls but in some cases it brings much more like catching the attention of law enforcement, stalking that spills over into personal lives, government involvement and that type of thing.  Even though you may think the thoughts, it is not always appropriate to put those thoughts in writing because of the controversy they might cause.  They can be misconstrued as threats, blasphemy, libelous, inciting illegal acts, hate speech, treason or simply picking a fight when in fact that may not have been your actual intention. 


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