Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she’s going to provide us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.
This week Tanya has quoted Stephen King…
“If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.”
This quote reminds me of the old saying, “You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.” Many of us bloggers express our thoughts, feelings, observations, opinions, and personal perspectives in our posts. Almost by definition, not all of our readers will agree with what we have expressed. Some might even take offense at what we wrote. That’s expected, especially given how fractured our world is today.
That said, I don’t think that truthfully expressing your thoughts and feelings about something results in no longer being a member of “polite society.” However, when it comes to comments people make on more “controversial” posts, polite society sometimes goes off the rails.
I try — albeit not always successfully — to avoid getting sucked into the vortex of negativity and nastiness when I comment on another’s post or when responding to comments others made on my post. I believe we can disagree with someone else’s opinion or perspective without being an asshole about it.
So bottom line, I don’t totally agree with Stephen King on this particular sentiment.