Blogging Insights — New Format # 8 – Honesty

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“If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

(Quote courtesy goodreads)

Do you agree, and if so, how far ?


I agree that bluntly told truth can alienate and offend people. However, if a blogger is writing about their own truth, it should not offend anyone else because it’s their personal experience.

On the other hand, if we write about politics or religion and state our point of view as the absolute truth, this can result in unpopularity. I don’t shy away from tricky topics but I write about them diplomatically. I try to leave my arguments open-ended and invite the opinions of others.

There are many situations where I share my thoughts as a Muslim. I try to educate or inform people from other cultures and religions about my culture and religion. I have received very positive feedback about these posts.

In my personal experience, I’ve found the community here at WordPress very tolerant and open-minded. They neither get offended or give offense. At least the part of WP community with whom I interact.

In conclusion, I would say that being truthful is essential but being blunt is not. State your truth, but with respect and in a way as to not offend the readers.

Thanks Tanya for another interesting quote to discuss.



47 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — New Format # 8 – Honesty

    1. Thanks Diana. Yes, that’s the best thing about our corner of blogosphere that we all are very supportive of each other! I agree about sharing information about our faiths with each other. It does develops harmony


  1. Excellent write-up Sadje. I think that even when you tackle controversial subjects with diplomacy and a considerate choice of words, people are more likely to respect you even if they disagree.

    I know a lot of people vent their feelings on divisive subjects on platforms such as WordPress, but that is not likely to make people agree with them, it is more likely to make people scared of them and feel alienated.

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  2. Very well put. I welcome reading about your culture and your religion, because to me it is more knowledge of a different place from which I’m accustomed. To me, that means my mind keeps growing and hopefully doesn’t get closed off! Thanks, Sadje! 🙂

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