Oh, the stories I could tell. I wish I could tell you about all the times when my instinct was to take the low road, to accuse, to play Devil’s advocate, to leap to conclusions, to express unfounded opinions, and to lower my standards. Oh, the times, the many times.
A constant struggle of mine is to evaluate a subject or issue and determine which path I should take. Considered by many a leader in the blogging industry, I have a reputation to uphold and enforce. Still, it’s constantly challenged by the bits of news, gossip, rumors, and assumptions that fly around the industry.
Which should I write about? What sides should I take? Which side is right? Or, which side is the more righteous?
Or, as many do, which side should I take to generate enough attention to bring in the links and traffic?
Some days, I feel like the ethics we once so proudly affirmed to the world in the early, idealist days of web communication, now scatter to dust as integrity turns to greed, even greed with the best of intentions.
The moral ground I stand upon shifts depending upon who I’m blogging for, including the different “me” in my different blogs. Here, on Lorelle on WordPress, I am you, not me. My opinion isn’t important, though I do have some, but I work hard to take the middle road, showing both sides of the issue and taking none, when both sides are both wrong and right, and it doesn’t matter which side I take. I walk a very narrow middle road here, putting out information for you to decide for yourself, and rarely be guided by my personal opinion on the matter.
On my other blogs, the ones I own and control, I’m directed by the content as well as the perception of the persona on the blog. How would she stand on this or that issue?
When I blog for income, such as on the Blog Herald, I have to speak for them as well as for myself, thus, I have to take a path that serves their needs as well as my own.
So the decision to take a stance on an issue is a constant struggle for me. I’d love to shout out how stupid this or that issue is, and how unimportant it is in the bigger scheme of things or how short-sighted it is. I’d love to condemn the fools who spout “expertise” when they are young and still naive about the real world. I’d love to scream at foolish governments and leaders and the decisions they make that are self-serving rather than community-serving. And don’t get me started on the narrow-minded jerks that spread manure on this planet just to watch weeds grow.
Your blog is your playground, and for you, you may take whichever path you wish. For me, it’s a constant struggle to find the highest ground I can take along my blogging path, to stay safe above the fray, so I can tell you the reality of the situation, show you the evidence letting you make up your own mind. I constantly have to stop myself from making assumptions, guesses, or opinions, blogging a drier path and not a muddy one.
Blog Struggles Series
This is one of an ongoing series of articles on blog struggles, the challenges of blogging as I see them from 14 years of experience.
- New Article Series – Blog Struggles
- Blog Struggles: The Search for Blog Content
- Blog Struggles: Ideas and Drafts
- Blog Struggles: The Blog Focus
- Blog Struggles: Why Should Your Blog Have a Focus
- Blog Struggles: Finding Your Blog Focus
- Blog Struggles: Changing Your Blog’s Focus
- Blog Struggles: When Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation Interferes With Your Blogging
- Blog Struggles: When Are Too Many Comments Too Many Comments?
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