Fandango’s Provocative Question #106 Revisited


Note: Because I am participating in the A to Z blogging challenge this month, I will not be posting any new provocative question until May. Instead, I will be revisiting some previous provocative questions that you might have missed. This one was originally posted on January 27, 2021 and can be found here. Please feel free to respond to it if you haven’t already.

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 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?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

18 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #106 Revisited

  1. Nope, Not Pam April 27, 2022 / 3:33 am

    Since I primarily write for my own enjoyment I don’t really worry about either. I often read the responses and think nope, no one got what I was trying to say. Which just demonstrates that perhaps I’m not the wordsmith I think I am

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  2. pensitivity101 April 27, 2022 / 6:43 am

    I would say the way you say it, but, a reader doesn’t necessarily interprets the words the way the writer intended.

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  4. Carol anne May 15, 2022 / 4:59 am

    both are important to me!
    I love to be original though, and creative!

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