Bloggers, if you use swear words in public posts — especially the f-word, c-word, or g-d-word — or even “freakin'” — when we all know what you’re thinking — I beg you to reconsider. Someday, I think you’ll be sorry you chose to express yourself that way.
You may feel that taking advantage of your freedom to use any words you like makes you a rebel, a free spirit or a trend-setter, but I believe it brands you as a trashy person — even if you’re a kind person with high morals and a contender for Mother or Father of the Year.
Writing peppered with swear words offends some people and makes them cringe. Some readers will stop in their tracks, and won’t finish reading what you wrote. Is that what you want?
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve uttered my fair share of swear words — and I don’t pretend to be perfect.
But saying something privately to a friend and writing it for the world to see are very different.
What you write can have long-lasting consequences — and leave a different impression than what you intended.
Your words may be accessible to your children and grandchildren, your parents, your employer, your neighbor, your current and future friends, your mate, your minister… and by other people you want to wow with your intellect, creativity and writing skill. How smart is it to use vulgar language?
You can argue all you want, but profanity is considered rude and disrespectful by a lot of people. Would you talk that way to your grandma? A potential employer? An acquaintance of your parents? A coworker? A supervisor?
My opinion may be unpopular and may brand me as “old-fashioned” or “out of touch,” but I believe that — if not now — at some point in your life, you’ll want to be known as a person who has class. And part of being classy is having good manners and considering other people’s feelings.
The words you write now may still be widely available in 20 or 30 years — when you’re at a different stage in life. You may regret writing them, and there’s no guarantee you can “take back” anything published on the Internet.
You might want to keep that thought in mind before you press the “Publish” button on your next blog post.