I find this an interesting topic. There are some posts I read that drop the F-bomb left, right and center and then there are some people that say you must never ever swear when you write content.
I am just interested to know what everyone else feels about this topic.
My personal feeling is that swearing constantly will turn a lot of readers off my content but sometimes I just have to say fuck. Oops did I say that out loud?
And this is something that I felt so liberated by when I closed my online store. It was not just about being able to swear but I was blogging a bit when I had my online baby store and I felt constrained when I wrote… I felt like I had to be all professional and keep it “tidy” if you know what I mean?
When I closed my store and started blogging full time it felt awesome! I had previously done a Youtube video for my addiction blog which was titled “Fuck It The Ultimate Spiritual Way”.. which was actually a review on the book with that title.
So when I made the decision to close my store I wrote a blog post about why I wanted to close it and I embedded that Youtube video because it truly was fitting.
And then for my addiction blog I like to keep it raw and real so I do swear a bit on that (especially on the posts when I was quitting smoking and sharing my journey lol). I mean it’s not like everyone in a crack house minds their P’s and Q’s right?
So my personal feeling is that there is a time and a place. It depends on who you are, who your audience is and what your niche is….
Here is a quote from Stephen King on the topic of swearing in your content:
Make yourself a solemn promise right now that you’ll never use ‘emolument’ when you mean ‘tip’ and you’ll never say John stopped long enough to perform an act of excretion when you mean John stopped long enough to take a shit. If you believe ‘take a shit’ would be considered offensive or inappropriate by your audience, feel free to say John stopped long enough to move his bowels (or perhaps John stopped long enough to ‘push’). I’m not trying to get you to talk dirty, only plain and direct.