By Allison Sass
As recent grads, it’s likely that most of you have at least thought about blogging, for either personal of professional reasons. Blogging is the thing to do right now, and I love it (obviously). I think that blogs are a great way for people to connect and share their opinions.
If you start a blog that you hope will attract a large fan base of readers, it’s important that you are respectful to your readers. You might think, but this blog is MINE and if decide that I want to whine and put down others, I can do what I want. And.. you can. But don’t expect to still have loyal readers when you’re through.
Yesterday after work, I came across an article about a Marie Claire blogger downing a new television show that revolves around a romance between two overweight individuals. In her blog, writer Maura Kelly says, ” I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room.” and blames the new t.v. show for promoting obesity. Did she not stop to think that many of her loyal readers might be struggling with their own weight related problems?
What saddens me the most is that this blogger isn’t just a cynical recent graduate with a hatred for the world, or an angsty teen. She is in her 30’s and supposedly an accomplished writer. The fact that Marie Claire published this blog on their website gives this well-respected women’s lifestyle magazine a tarnished reputation.
The moral of all of this? Think long and hard about the audience you are attracting with your blog, and whether your blog is straight up offending them. It’s one thing to talk about taboo subjects- it’s entirely another to call your readers “fatties”.
Technology is great, and our generation embraces it more than most. It’s also great to have an opinion, all good bloggers do! But please remember state it gracefully, keeping your readers in mind.. or else you’ll find yourself in a Maura Kelly comment bashing situation, with noone to blame but yourself.
Stay classy, post grads.