Profanity in Blogs
For some that’s a biggy. Should I use ‘vulgair’ language in my blog posts? Do I have to use that? Will the use of strong words attract more readers and get reactions from them? Questions, questions, questions… Profanity in blogs, what is it good for?
I don’t want to get into the morals of things to far in this post, because I believe that everyone is free to use the words he / she likes for whatever reason. Within the boundaries of the law of course.
This does not mean you have to like profanity in blogs.Or dislike for that matter. It’s up to you.
In communication over the internet over the years the way people express themselves changed. The English language changed and still is changing. Twenty years ago there was porn. Everybody on the internet at that time called it pr0n, because it was just ‘not done’ to talk about porn.
As a result of that, the word pron made it to be a part of “The Internet Slang”. The brain automatically substitute the meaning of the words. So.. what was pron again? Right!
Like I said earlier, the times are changing and the way people talk or communicate too. A large effect on ‘the way we speak’ comes from broadcast-ed songs on TV. The so called gang rap is direct and to the point. There is just one way to understand the words used. No second guessing.
I kinda like that approach. So what do we do to protect our kids from listening to that kind of music? Nothing. I am certain parents know what’s good for their kids and / or should be watched or listened to together.
A parental advisory note is a good way to at least give the parents some fair warning and they might consider if it’s OK for their kids to listen too, or watch, depending on the age of the kids involved, of course.
Can it be useful to use cursing or ‘bad language’ in blogs? Be aware that the internet pretty much is an open space. And it should be like that. It’s a good idea to issue out a warning on your blog if you are using profanity. Some blogging platforms have an option to make blogs 13+ of 18+.
Functional use of profanity? When you’re writing fiction it can be functional to use profanity. Almost mandatory when you are trying to ‘paint a scene’ for your readers.
I have never seen two gang members getting at each other throats over a drug deal that went bad saying “I beg you, Mr. Smith. Answer me in all honesty. Did you, or did you not sell my home grown cannabis to your companion Mr. Johnson? I warn you, be honest to me or I will be forced to bodily harm both you and your associate, the honorable Mr. Johnson. And – in addition to hat – I would like to inform you that we will no longer be friends, Mr. Smith!”. Profanity in blogs sometimes works…
Just don’t work, huh?