F-Bomb Free Blogging

swearing Swearing does not shock me – it just turns me off. I don’t feel the same way about those who occasionally swear when the word fits the situation. And, I don’t feel the same way when I am reading a book or watching a movie and a character being true to their character swears.  Provided children aren’t present I may swear when I stub my toe but I’m authentic online and I’m a very practical blogger. The way bloggers communicate and present themselves online is important, and as I want my content to be read by as wide an audience as possible, I don’t curse in my blog.  How about you?

Freedom to express yourself is what blogging is all about and I don’t anyone to change their language to suit me.  I don’t witness swearing in business blogs or in professional blogs.  But I am curious about what has prompted the increase in swearing in personal blogs.

Unsurprisingly, in most if not all cultures swearing stems from the practice of the kind of magic rooted in the belief that some words had the power to bless and other words had the power to curse.  Swearing began as blashemy and came to include “bad” words for private body parts and bodily functions.

In the Western, English-speaking world, people from every race, class and level of education swear. In America, 72 percent of men and 58 percent of women swear in public. The same is true for 74 percent of 18 to 34 year olds and 48 percent of people who are over age 55 [ref]. Numerous language researchers report that men swear more than women, but studies that focus on women’s use of language theorize that women’s swearing is simply more context specific. — How Swearing Works

What’s appealing about using cuss words as opposed to any other words in any language? Swear words are usually followed by exclamation points so does preferring their use have anything to do with:

  • the sounds of the words themselves?
  • the shock value factor?
  • or something else?

Swear words are emotionally charged and can achieve effects that makes them powerful words. When we vent and utter powerful words we feel powerful.

swearing Most children do tend to do what their parents do, regardless of what their parents tell them to do. Every generation make its mark by adopting different preferences and standards in language, clothes, music, etc. from the generations that have gone before. Youth particularly think swearing is a demonstration of bravdo but that fades away as they age.

When the personal bloggers  of today have school age children, who can read their parents’ internet communication streams and follow their digital footprints it will be interesting to see what happens.  How many will think their mommies and daddies, who swear like proverbial sailors in their blogs are cool and will emulate them? Or will there be the predictable backlash when that generation seeks to make its mark in the blogosphere?

What’s your response to swearing in personal blogs? Does it put you off reading them and subscribing to them?  Are you into F-bomb free blogging?

A tip of the hat to Jay.me – Art & Stuff: digital paintings and sketches.

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64 thoughts on “F-Bomb Free Blogging

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  2. I hate swearing myself, though I don’t cringe when other people do it if they are not around children or older people. I think there is a time and a place for it and it can have a comical effect in places. However, I would never use it in my blog and would certainly not swear to or about anyone. Interesting post Timethief :D

    Jack

  3. I enjoy every single post of yours; very informative and friendly to understand friend… Hope not to be in a bad light by many or yourself??? Completely in love with your blog tips, and such! -) ;-) Peace, Blessings, Rich A. Noble ;-) ;-)

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    Blesings Friend,
    R.A. Noble

  4. 5 years is impressive. I’ve been on here for about a month, I think?
    F-bombs, sometimes they add to a point you’re making I suppose.
    Overall, I’d agree, not needed.
    I prefer to keep my material PG, but am open minded and understanding.
    PG is the best though for a general audience.

    Great blog you have, and interesting hair dye. ;)
    Look forward to checking out more of your time thievery.
    Feel free to check out my Blog too.

    -Darius “The Amorous One” Amorous-
    Live from Montreal, Live in Your House.

  5. It doesn’t stop you from reading my blog, somehow! I even was the Featured Blog in the Profanity category for weeks!

    Which reminds me to run off and do another post.

  6. @catwalkcreative, anatheimp, Ketaki Joshi, nandobase, Kim Harris, Meredith, Alan, zobop republic, Eleanor, Earlie, photodiction, jj-momscashblog, Pie, Team Oyeniyi, Val Erde, K, Denny Lyon, James, Comment1, jesseosmun, Cynthia, redjim99, Zishaan ‘ZuZu’ Shafi and Rico Swaff

    Rather than sounding like repeating gong I chose not to answer each of your comments individually. But I do want you all to know that I have read your comments and I do value them. Thanks so much for participating in the discussion by sharing your opinions and your practice as well as your reasoning for doing what you do on your own blogs. I appreciate it.

  7. I have a tendency to ignore social norms to an extent. One of these ignored norms is avoidance of cursing.

    I try not to overuse curse words because then it comes off as shock value. Bloggers who utilize curse words for shock value annoy me because the whole, “I am crazy because I use an abundance of curse words when I write or speak” has been overplayed for years inevitably resulting in a lack of originality.

    Personally, I will use them as sort of an explanation point within a sentence, a quirky metaphor, a quirky way of wording something or an intentional pun that may be ironically followed by the phrase, “no pun intended.”

    All in all, I think the usage of curse words depend on the blog niche, context of how the words are used and the intentions of the person writing the curse words.

  8. I dont use bad language on my Blog, I think ‘damn’ and ‘stupid’ is as R rated as its been so far. Im not averse to it, in the right place, it can definitely emphasise and add weight to a point. But only used very sparingly.

    There is something about swearing, like you were able to point out stats wise, it transcends cultures and languages. And its used by all social classes. Dont know why, but I guess its a form of expression we all need to utilise at some point. Some more then others. But it sure does feel good at some points, after having a good curse. Maybe thats why its there.

  9. I don’t now as a rule swear, on the net, blogging or in general conversation. I stopped, when in the Air Force I became an instructor. While the odd expletive can have effect. It showed a poor grasp of language in the classroom. And if you use it sparingly it has more impact when it is used. I don’t deny having a useful pool of words to use as need requires, but try to be more expressive now.

    Jim

  10. No, I don’t like swearing in blogs or Facebook nor do I care for some posts and comments I’ve seen which don’t use four letter words but are phenomenally sexually explicit and rude – from someone ostensibly professional in a public forum… shudder. I dreaded meeting that person, which I did, and although he seemed nice enough, I definitely do, and will, steer clear of him, because of those comments.

  11. I avoid it, for starters it makes me look like I lack communication skills, but I also have to take into account that older readers in the US and especially people here where I am in South Africa generally get really unhappy when I swear, I avoid it if it’s going to be read publicly. I have a private blog that only a few friends read, and I do swear on that if I am upset about something but try and keep it to a minimum.

  12. I never swear on my blogs simply because I want to be family friendly. I’ve seen blogs that use lots of swearing and develop quite a nice character around them, it can work really well if that’s the audience you want or some other audience is the one you don’t want. Certainly isn’t for me, though.

  13. I use the f-bomb, among other things, in the majority of my blog writings. Given the title and theme of my blog, that was a choice I made when I started it, simply because that’s the way I talk when I’m around friends; I decided I wanted to be candid and straightforward about the stuff I talk about. Is it immature? Oh, most definitely!

    But as a college student, being used to writing under strict terms and guidelines, it’s very liberating to have a blog in which your writing has no limits; where your writing can truly be an accurate representation of who you are as a person.

    Having said that, I only swear in my blog, not when commenting on other’s. :P

  14. No F-bomb girl blogger here. To me, it’s just plain unprofessional and, well, certainly lacks for intellectual imagination for those all important word choices. “Word Prude”? No, just practical. The whole point of blogging is to communicate information in a timely manner and spur conversations and deeper thinking processes.

    While cussing may prove useful for fictional literature it really doesn’t have much of a place in the news sphere. More than anything I like to maintain a general audiences rating on my blogs to appeal to a wider group of people.

    I do have one humor blog to place those “edgy” posts, usually someone like Jon Stewart. Even that is sporatic and at least his banter comes from critical thinking about society and the news. The readers that visit Ouch Outrageous… know what they are getting just by the title. :)

    Also, it helps to write in mostly standard English – or at the very least explain the idioms and slang – for our second language friends. Bless them for reading in English, what is not their native language, in the first place!

    Great post, enjoyed your thoughts and comments!

  15. Hi TT,

    I really enjoy your tips and some of them have helped me of late :)… I found a typo on your blog and wanted to bring it to your attention. Sorry for mentioning it here (I didn’t find any other place to contact you). If you go to the “About” page , and the paragraph starting with “This blog was founded ….” there is a typo in wordpress’s spelling. It is spelt as “worpress” on your blog.

    Thanks for all the tips and suggestions .. keep them coming :)

  16. Wow! What a lot of comments you’ve got to this post, TT! (Though I’m not surprised, with this subject, it kind of brings people out of the woodwork, doesn’t it?) Oh hey, and it’s brought me out too, like the proverbial woodworm I am, lol!

    I swear like a trooper in my own home, but I very very rarely swear on my blog as I want anyone who visits it to feel comfortable. I usually imagine some elderly white haired great grandma out there who has just happened upon my blog and would thinks “ooh dearie me” or somesuch other stereotypical nonsense if she saw a stream of f or b or any other letter of the alphabet-soup family of badly-behaved words. My family know about my blog (I don’t hide it from anyone), and not all of them are comfortable with swearing, so I don’t do it in it.

    What I do do, though, is use quasi-swearing for comical effect. For instance, having inanimate objects using the words I wouldn’t use myself, usually in some other form.

    I do say ‘bogga’ at home, which drives my husband mad. He’d prefer I use the real word!
    ;)

  17. Dave Allen was a great Irish comedian. I used to watch his TV shows and thought he was great. I saw him live in Melbourne and the level of swearing put me off totally. Another one who did the same thing was Billy Connolly. I find both of them hilariously funny, but live the swearing turned me off – it was just TOO MUCH!

    I swear in real life (I am Australian, after all) but only when really angry or frustrated. I try to avoid it in print.

    I’d agree with Pie above – when it is chock-full I just think the writer needs to obtain a thesaurus! The odd word, if topical, doesn’t bother me.

  18. I swear as much in my real life as I do on my blog, which is not very much at all. However, at times I have used industrial language, as I call it, on the odd post if I believed it to be warranted: for anger, as I did on a recent post about scammers and criminals who prey on disasters like limpets, or for humour.

    I don’t believe my occasional use of these words show a paucity of imagination, or language and other bloggers who swear don’t bother me so much. On the other hand, if the posts are chock-full of swearing and it appears to be four ‘swears’ for every one ‘clean’ in a sentence, it becomes white noise for me and eventually I tune out.

  19. Hey Timethief, Sorry I haven’t been around in awhile, but have been off – line due to carpal-tunnel. I’m here now and enjoyed your post and reading the replies that are coming in! I must say that I have to agree with a few of your readers, I too am guilty of letting out the F-bomb, but only at times of dropping a jar of pizza sauce out of the fridge. Hearing it break on the kitchen floor and splattering everywhere are times when for some reason only that word will work… for me. If you don’t over think the word too much it just becomes another word. However, I would never think of using the f-bomb in public, in a post or anywhere someone could hear me. It’s just a word that helps me in time of being clumsy and all thumbs! Good post one that really gets everyone involved & lots of opinions.jj

  20. I don’t tend to use profanity in my writing. Probably because, like you, it’s not the way I would normally communicate. Consequently when I’m writing, certain words just don’t enter my space.

    Some blogs that use it don’t turn me off – unless they are using it to excess. Depends on the author… and the overall message, I guess.

    Another good topic for discussion and thought, tt.

  21. I feel the shame when someone swears. It’s not just very acceptable to my character. My mother was really strict about words that come from us and fortunately that upbringing influenced us to use better vocabulary.
    When I came to England, i honestly have the shock of my life to hear people swearing on the roads, on the bus, on the train. Kids in school swears just like the are talking the usual way. Not all though but too many.

  22. Ooooh, this is an interesting one. I don’t swear on my blog because I want it to be viewable by eveyone, kids included (I think there are 2 swear words burried in my comment sections, that’s all). But I don’t think I would swear even if I had a more personal blog that was just about me and my thoughts. I much prefer to read clever or witty comments that are able to give the same impression as someone swearing i.e. you know the person is angry but they are able to comunicate that without resorting to swear words. I’m not a prude, I do swear sometimes but I think it’s a cop-out do so ‘in print’. There are cleverer ways to get your point across.
    An example off the top of my head: “I’ve had a really f***ing, sh**y day.” or “Today tried my patience…and won a spectacular victory!” I’d prefer to read something like the second one.

  23. mmm. It seems to me another reason why some people swear frequently is precisely because they Want to turn away those who are easily offended. I rarely if ever swear on my blogs. BUT, in real life, there is a time and a place for everything and imho sometimes “cuss” words Are appropriate. I don’t like the idea of any words being “out of bounds”, and (again imho) being able to judge one’s audience and context to know when such language is appropriate is one of the trickier parts of being a grown up.

  24. I’m totally against it. If I come across it on a blog, I immediately leave. It turns me off. I don’t think it’s necessary to make a point.

  25. Hi, Timethief…
    Do I swear? Unfortunately, yes. but rarely, I think.
    I only swore when (I think) I was alone. I didn’t say it loudly, though. Only in whisper, and sometimes I only said the words in mind.
    I don’t want people accidentally heard me swearing. It’s embarrassing. I don’t like the idea people thinking of me as incapable of taking control of my own emotion.
    And I’ve never swear on the net. Hopefully will never ever….

  26. Oh this is something I truly believe in.

    Fortunately I have never fallen into this trap..

    My vocabulary may appear to be very limited., but it feels great that I can always use a language that is very clean. I am often tagged as being odd, cause I am 24 years old and it is very unlike the people of my age. However this quality has come to me very naturally from my family and I cannot afford to ruin it by getting influenced. The family does plays an important part.

    Why is freedom of speech often associated with massive use of swear words is something I fail to understand.. Even the worst criticism can be beautifully conveyed using subtle but firm language.

    Nice post btw. It is a topic that is close to my heart. :)

  27. It annoys me. That’s not to say that I have not used swear words in context, but people who rely on swearing for effect, for cheap laughs and schoolboy titters, really me want to… swear! Seriously, I dislike bad taste, the abuse of language and vulgarity. Have you ever heard of James Kelman, TT? If not he’s a Scottish author who has won prestigoius literary prizes in Britain. I read one of his novels, A Disaffection, which is little more than a sustained catalogue effing and blinding. That’s another thing that maddens me, what I call the Emperor’s Clothes Syndrome, people seeing merit where there is none.

    Oh, you have a great blog. I knew you would. :-)

  28. I’m REALLY turned off when I read blogs that include swearing. I usually leave immediately although I don’t come across them often – probably because I read vintage and fashion related blogs.

    Just to add that I’m no prude. I understand that the odd swear word, here and there, can be a very powerful way to use language and express yourself – in the right context. That said, it makes me squirm when I read a fashion blog that contains ANY swearing. There’s just no need for it. No-one is dying or losing their disability benefit (I’m UK based). I don’t see any point in raving on about what someone is wearing or slagging someone off because their dress is too long/short. Get over it . . . . .

    If I do come across swearing in a blog, I instantly form an opinion (rightly or wrongly) about the person writing it – and it ain’t pretty! I would imagine they have a fairly poor grasp of the English language and usually quite low intelligence too.

  29. I never liked the notion of a word being bad or good. Based on this thread so far, I agree with whats been said.
    I won’t swear in my family friendly blog but I acknowledge Sometimes swears put better emphasis on a words meaning, and used appropriatly I do like them. But when used too often the effect is tiring. Many times I come across blogs and see the F word in the very first sentence. Those are the blogs I dont bother to stay longer than 3 seconds on. It creates a reputation that leaves a bad taste for the person doing it.

    I was amazed by that section of page in your link called – the brain and swears. Our brain stores swear words seperatley from othe words.

  30. As far as I know, and unless “crap” counts as a swear word (the one time it appears, it is struck out), I have yet to swear on my blog. Not that I find swearing a big turnoff, but I haven’t seen the need for it in my writing at this point (that might change in the future). I used to swear a fair bit on chat rooms a long time ago, but I slowly realized that there was little point to it and that I just came off as immature, especially to those significantly older. I try to be articulate and correct even when not writing a post, but I’m more flexible about using swear words outside of my blog, and even then it is still rare.

  31. I love beautiful language, elegant language. It transports me, it excites me. In fact that’s the reason I write. I don’t care what others do, but I want to speak with the voice of an angel.

  32. Like you, I don’t curse. I have a mom blog that attracts a lot of teen readers and I feel it sends the wrong message. Kids don’t like to hear their own parents curse, why would they want to hear it from me. I feel it would ruin my credibility as a concerned parent and make me look like I’m trying to act cool. Plus I’m a writer. There are so many more imaginitive ways to express yourself. I guess it boils down to my feeling that using the f-bomb won’t attract any readers but it might turn them off.

    • Thanks for your comment Janene. You are a fine writer with a great vocabulary and your blog is aimed at teens. Without doubt I believe swearing would compromise your credbility and brand.

  33. Ya fully agreed with you. Swearing on blogs just is weird and out of place almost like a taboo.

    • Good to see you and thanks for sharing your opinion.

      In professional, business, technical, personal development and self improevement blogs I don’t witness swearing. I don’t know if it’s taboo but I assume it’s because the bloggers don’t speak that way in their everyday life, except perhaps when they drop something on their foot. It’s in the persnal blogging niche that I have seen an increase in salty language rants.

  34. As a former member of the US Marine Corps, slipping into vernacular that serves no purpose in civilian life could be easy, but I’m more than pleased to stay away from the “f” bomb and similar. As a former farm boy, I have substitutes for certain words, e.g. Bull Butter for Bull —-!

    No real swearing for me when I write, but I do slip when I shouldn’t during what ought to be polite conversation.

    I do not choose to read a blog that is laced with vulgarity and I enjoy books that leave certain details to my imagination.

    • Hello there,
      I’m pleased to meet you. Thanks for weighing in here and sharing what your writing style in on your blog. I likewise enjoy reading books that leave ceratin details to the imagination. ;)

  35. No, I rarely use cuss words in my writing anywhere. It’s just habit.

    Verbally, I have occasionally usually it’s a situation where I’m angry/frustrated. But even so, 95% of those situations I could have reined myself in.

    I grew up where my mother swore enough in…Chinese. (You would be amazed..sailor’s language outta momma’s mouth with her babes around. She has a fiery temper.) Us kids, didn’t understand completely what those words meant, until we tried to use them. Of course, that’s when mother knew it wasn’t a good idea to curse.

    This is why I tolerate my manager’s occasional verbiage. I know it’s not really directed at me.

    But yes, it takes effort to truly understand the person beneath the mudwashing of words.

    • Hi Jean,
      I’m not surprised to hear that you rarely if ever use cuss words in your writing. You write so well and I’ve never witnessed a swear word in your writing nor would one “fit” into what you are writing about.

      People who swear a lot have never captured my interest. Whenever I have had to be around people who swear alot I haven’t invested any energy into being offended. I just ignored it or I made an excuse to leave the area.

  36. I curse. I couldn’t tell ya how often. But I do it when it’s what I want to say out of my mouth. Therefore, I type it. I have always questioned why people give swear words so much credence. I mean, if I decided that the four letter word “love” was from now on going to be a swear word, no one would care and they would continue using it. So why should I let someone else dictate that the four letter words I choose to use are “bad” or “limiting”? To me, they are emphasis words. I don’t think they make me lazy or limited in my vocabulary. I say things in a large variety of ways. But sometimes it’s seems a cuss word is the only way to relate the power of my emotion towards something. But, I guess if people don’t like cuss words, they probably don’t like the topics on my blog either. Good post TT. Very debatable and opinion raising.

    • @Justus
      I’m not asking anyone to change the language they are using in their blog and I thought I made that clear in my post.

      I don’t feel the same way about those who occasionally swear when the word fits the situation. … Freedom to express yourself is what blogging is all about and I don’t anyone to change their language to suit me.

      I also do not “buy” your argument. I observe that people who continously swear are doing so for emphasis and attention seeking purposes. I have witnessed string of f-bombs and what that accomplishes is loss of emphasis ie. it defeats the purpose.

      If a blogger is accustomed to cursing in their every day life then they will probably curse in their blog. In the age and subculture group I belong to cursing is not validated. But if cursing is common in the age and subsulture group you belong to then you will feel validated. However, that being said, I sincerely doubt that those who are cursing in their blogs do so in front of their young children, or their grandparents, or in front of clients and customers at their place of work.

      If a cursing tolerant audience is what a blogger wishes to limit their blog readership to then that’s their choice. It’s not mine choice and I’m not likely to be changing my mind on that anytime soon. Why? Because as I said in my post I’m authentic. I rarely swear in my every day life and the people I am in contact with don’t swear frequently either.

      Lastly, I don’t know any bloggers who refuse to read or subscribe to blogs where there is no cursing, but I do know many bloggers who will not read and subscribe to blogs full of swearing.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it. :)

      • Hey, I totally understood that you weren’t asking anyone to change. I just wanted to give an opinion from my side. It seemed like everyone above me had shared the dislike of cursing. And if we are talking about a blog with extreme cursing I would totally have to agree with you. If every other word is f…, then there is no exclamation to go with it. And I can’t read anything, or for that matter, talk to someone who is full of profanity. It’s just unappealing. And I don’t know if ya know this or not, but Jayme shared a link to this on twitter, which is how I got here :) Might want to send a thank you that direction.

        • Hi Justus,
          Thanks for posting again. I thought that you thought … but you didn’t. :D Yes, I know Jayme tweeted this and have thanked her in a shout. I’m happy you got the tweet and read my post and commented too. :)

  37. For me, profanity diminishes a blogger’s credibility. It signals laziness, and it’s a poor substitute for a thoughtful argument. I see it, I’m gone.

    However, I am a firm supporter of cartoon swearing. It’s fun, and it clearly communicates one’s rage. And if anyone disagrees with me, that’s too #$%^! bad!! : )

    • @Mark
      Your cartoons always make me laugh. :D I do agree with the point you have raised. The continual use of profanity in a blog results in the blogger losing credibility in my eyes. Bloggers communicate primarily through the use of words and if one has limited their vocabulary to cuss words and f-bombs they bore me, so I click out and I don’t return.

  38. Hi TT,

    My blog is also an F-bomb free zone, as are my tweets, emails, Facebook updates, etc. I understand that people express themselves in different ways, but I think that those who choose to lace their content with profanity risk losing followers. I’m turned off by swearing — not so much because I am offended, but moreso because it’s usually unnecessary. Curses are used more as filler than as a way to drive home a point in most writing.

    I generally don’t swear, and when I do I feel bad about it because I know that I can do better. As a father, I don’t approve of my daughters swearing, so I feel that I am setting a good example by keeping close tabs on the words that I choose to use. They will make their own decision on this matter as they mature, but at least they will have had been reared in an environment where they were expected to find non-curse words to express themselves.

    Ray

    • Hello Ray,
      It’s so good to see your avatar here and I thank you for making the time to comment. It seems we are turned off by swearing for the same reason ie. it’s unneccessary. When swearing is used to “drive home a point” I have already tuned out.

      I also tune out and click out of blogs where a blogger chooses to continually SHOUT and/or to use multiple font colors and styles and sizes in their posts. Reading is already a challenge for me. Having to struggle to focus strains my eyes and can evoke headaches. I’m a busy person who spends many hours answering support forum questions. Wise bloggers who want me and other visually challenged bloggers to follow their blogs and comment on their posts will be well served when they choose to make their content more accessible to us rather than making it less accessible.

      You have said:

      My blog is also an F-bomb free zone, as are my tweets, emails, Facebook updates, etc.

      Same here. I refuse to retweet the tweets I receive that are filled with cursing. I believe the 140 character limit can be better utilized by choosing to use words that aren’t likely to offend rather than using swear words.

      Thanks for commenting. :)

  39. When I first started writing my blog I fell into the profanity trap. I think it was the freedom, after writing a website that was read mainly by women, but I grew out of it.

    I still use the occasional frowned-upon word, where it’s appropriate (when discussing our mendacious prime minister, for example, or our disability benefits system, which is loaded against the claimant to an obscene degree), but never simply because I can. At best that’s immature, and a sign of a limited vocabulary, but it happens way more than it should.

    In my experience, women swear far more than men (here in the UK, at least). It seems to be age-related – the younger the woman the worse it gets – or maybe I’m just getting old!

    • @Ron
      Like you I feel that swearing continually is a sign of immaturity. I live in Canada and what I see is younger women cursing until they have their first child. That’s the point at which the frequency of their swearing tapers off.

      When a young person who is seeking employment has created a publicly viewable archive of blog content that’s full of swearing they ought to bear in mind that employers do have their Staff follow digital breadcrumb trails.

      I could be wrong but I believe when an employer has a choice between two potential employees with the same skills, and one has a blog archive full of posts with swear words and stung together with f-bombs but the other doesn’t, then I assume that candidate will not be the person they choose to hire for any front end job where communication with clients and customers is involved.

      Thanks for reading and commenting too. :)

  40. I’m not sure if it’s because my parents rarely swore, or if it’s because I think swearing is indicative of limited language skills, but I’ve always been uncomfortable using such language myself. It’s not that I don’t do it, but I almost always regret it afterwords. I definitely don’t like being around those who swear frequently, and I have no time to waste reading thoughts that are so poorly expressed. One of the great things about blogging is that I can take as much time as I want with my choice of wording before I publish a post, which means that swearing is even more of a rarity in my writing. I use foul language only when it’s seems appropriate, and I don’t follow bloggers who seem unable to recognize when it is not.

    • Hi Mak,
      It’s good to see you commenting here.

      I was raised in a home where anyone who chose to swear was looked down upon for being lazy and lame. My parents did swear but not frequently and both worked very hard to keep us alive and to equip us with the best skills they could, including the development and use of an ever growing vocaulary.

      I think your point about crafting a blog post is well made. When I visit blogs I do expect that the blogger wants their posts to be read and responded to by as many readers as possible. I assume they have taken the time to consider the words they use and the impact they have on their blog’s brand before publishing their posts.

      Sure there are occasions when a @#%^may be an appropriate word to use but in most cases those who write have other words they can choose to use rather than @#%^.

      Thanks for making the time to share where you are at. I appreciate it.

  41. Interesting topic. I’m still a neophyte when it comes to blogging. I have been seeking out other blogs – poety, photography, music. I’ve viewed about 100 random blogs and haven’t seen anything gratuitous yet. I am definitely someone who enjoys swearing at times it’s a way of expression. But I think if every other word is f*&k, it loses its emphasis and becomes annoying.
    Cheers.

    • Hello there,
      Pleased to meet you and thanks for taking the time to comment. I agree with your point. The occasional use of any word that is delivered with emotion accomplishes the purpose of achieving emphasis. The overuse of the same words defeats that purpose.

    • Hi, Timethief

      Great article, as always. I opt for F-bomb free blogging. I tend to shy away from comments that throw profanity around in every other word. There’s a better way to communicate our frustration. Like Unga Bunga Girl said, words tend to lose their emphasis and become annoying. In the “web world,” it’s easy to believe no one “really knows who we are,” so it’s okay to say the first thing that comes to mind. Very sad indeed. It’s important to note that the person on the other end has feelings too, even if we do disagree. Face-to-face or not, a profanity free blog adds a professional touch.

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