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?

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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.

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    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

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