Fandango’s Provocative Question #106

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Blogging is a medium of words. All of us who blog are wordsmiths. We use words almost exclusively to express ourselves, to tell our stories, to weave our tales, to write our poems, to help others to understand and possibly even appreciate our perspectives.

In the real world, words can take on different meanings depending on context, inflection, facial expressions, body language, and other countless factors. But in blogging, such visual cues are, for the most part, absent. Thus, the challenge of conveying your intended tone and the underlying meaning of what you write can be daunting. It gets down to the age old writer’s dilemma. Is the content what matters, or how the content is portrayed or presented?

So, as we are all writers who use words to paint pictures, my provocative question is simply this:

In the context of blogging and writing, what do you think is more important: what you say or how you say it?

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27 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #106

    • Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing January 27, 2021 / 3:50 pm

      Thank goodness for emojis ☺️🤣😧😳😩😷 🥰😢😂 👍☮️✌️and as I learned today 🥴 it’s a good indication of what I might mean.

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    • Marleen January 27, 2021 / 10:16 am

      😀 Gina McCarthy just referred to herself as “the dude” (to address a task and “deliver in a timely way” for John Kerry as the special presidential envoy on climate) — a National Climate Advisor. Approximately 12:49 PM at the White House, in response to a question per “the NDC.”

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  1. rugby843 January 27, 2021 / 8:29 am

    Both, but I don’t let that bother me 🤷🏼‍♀️

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  2. cavecub January 27, 2021 / 8:56 am

    I’m gonna say that ‘what you say’ is most important, because when your messaging, or texting, or blogging, whatever it is, there is often misunderstandings and misinterpretations. Like, if you say something, it normally looks perfectly fine to you, but to others, it looks like insults, or disrespect, or something rude. If your messaging, you cannot really show how your saying something, unless it’s like “I love you SOOOOOO much”, or “I’m really hurt by what you said”, or something like that. And unless you’re adding a bunch of emojis to show what your feeling, people won’t really understand what feelings your pouring into your messages. That’s why I think that ‘What you say’ is more important than ‘How you say it’. I’m not really good at explaining things that well, so I would greatly appreciate those who DO understand what I’m saying and agree with me to back me up a bit, and give a little more description to help others understand more. Thanks!

    On Wed, Jan 27, 2021 at 3:02 AM This, That, and The Other wrote:

    > Fandango posted: “Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. > Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your > consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause > annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to a” >

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong January 27, 2021 / 11:05 am

    I don’t see how you can separate the two things. You need something to say and you need to say it so readers can understand it. Otherwise, it’s just blather.

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  4. Irene January 27, 2021 / 1:09 pm

    I’ll have to go with “equally important” for this one.

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    • Fandango January 27, 2021 / 10:38 pm

      That works, Irene. 👍

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  5. Taswegian1957 January 27, 2021 / 8:42 pm

    I have to agree, both. What you write about is important but if you can’t communicate your message well then it doesn’t matter.

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    • Fandango January 27, 2021 / 10:58 pm

      True. What you write can have a greater or lesser impact depending upon how you say it.

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  6. leigha66 January 30, 2021 / 3:53 pm

    Which is more important, the music or the lyrics of a song? They are both important. If you have a message to get across it can’t get any airplay if it is bad music. Blogging is no different I think. You have to have both meaning and mechanics.

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