I’ve been running into a sort of problem lately. Okay, not lately, but I have really started to pay attention to this problem now.
I love writing book reviews (this might be weird, I know) – I can pour all my feelings and frustrations out about the book onto the page. It’s a sort-of essay (I compare writing book reviews to writing essays because they basically have the same process, at least for me: note-taking, revisions, grammar and spelling check, etc.) that I can write freely about with almost no constraints, about my favorite topic: books.
However, there are some phrases that I’ll love to use but can’t because of certain words. I’m not talking about swear or curse words per say when I say “certain words.” What I mean is, for example, when I was writing multiple reviews, I wanted to write something along the words of “like hell I would,” “hell” being the iffy word. Or even the word “god” used in “oh my god.” Or even the word “pissed” in “pissed off.” I just don’t know who, in my audience, might be offended with my choice of words. It’s like I would be walking on eggshells if I used those certain words.
That issue is the one main reason why I changed my blog name from Oh Damn Books to Effortlessly Reading when I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress – I was super afraid that the word “damn” may offend people and make them avoid my blog because some people do consider “damn” a swear word. Everyone has different opinions and different views on things and you just don’t know what will tip people off.
So do I write what I want, however I want, even though certain words I choose to use may offend people? Or should I stay away from using those words to be on the safe side?
How about you? Do you share this kind of problem?