In his entry “10 Reasons Why I Don’t Like Your Blog”, Blog Bloke advises against discussing controversial topics like politics or religion.

From what I’ve read, I would go so far as to say that if you’re going to discuss politics or religion, then it’s a good idea to stay within what you know.  For example I talk about political things in my blogs from time to time, but for the most part I’m talking from the point of view of somebody that’s tired of all the BS generated by politicians of any persuasion.  I’m not a Democrat but niether am I a Republican.  I would call myself an independant but even THAT’s been made into a party with it’s own agenda.  Instead, I claim NO party affiliation at all.  There’s things done by people of all parties that I agree with and LOTs of things done by people of all parties that I don’t agree with.  The point of saying all this is that I’m aware that while I’ve got opinions and feel free to express ’em, I’m not interested in major political arguments or anything like that.

On the other hand, I’m a Christian who’s spent some time studying the Bible and I will feel free to talk about things from a Christian point of view, bringing what God’s word has to say about things.  Some might consider this to be religious controversy and others wouldn’t.  Again, it’s me saying what I think based on what I know or have learned.

I think it’s also true that some controversy can be good for traffic, especially if you are the kind of blogger that’s willing to respond to comments.  It’s possible to have quite interesting exchanges with (and between) readers and as long as it can be done without turning into a brawl this can be an asset to your blog.

I will say however… When in doubt, stick with what you know.

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