Controversial Blog Posts – Advantages, Disadvantages and Guidelines.
You might have read a lot of controversial stories covered up on various blog posts. With time and continuous protest a few of them are taken down while some of them never lose their popularity and the debate goes on for years. If you want to grab quite a few eye balls to your blog, cooking up a controversial post is all you need.
Have you ever tried writing a controversial post? Or are you planning to write one?
This post will guide you to write a perfect controversial post. Follow this guide to write a viral post on any controversial topic.
Let us first understand what the word “controversy” means.
Controversy is a prolonged public disagreement and heated discussion. The discussion can be based on a subjective topic or even a quiet normal day to day issue.
The following are the guidelines to write a perfect controversial blog post:
1. Be Clear: From start to the end, your post should clearly talk about a specific controversial topic. It should not keep swinging between many topics.
2. Keep the scope of discussion limited: Choosing a topic which you are very clear about is the key to succeed in this. Keeping the scope limited will not leave many options for the readers to debate upon. They simply would have to agree to you.
3. Produce indefensible proofs: The best way to prove your point is by providing authentic and non-manipulated proof. You can use anything as a proof like mails, policies, etc.
4. Handling comments: You will have to face the following three situations while handling the comments of a controversial blog post.
If someone agrees to you, simply reply-
“Thanks for your vote of confidence and support.”
If someone disagrees to you, reply-
“Unfortunately our opinions differ and there is nothing wrong in this. I respect your thoughts but I still stand strong about my own. Thank you for expressing your views.”
If someone is in between “Yes” or “No” that means they partially agree to you, then reply
“That’s nice to see you are agreeing to a few of my points. Thanks for stopping by.”
5. Be nice no matter what- By saying “be nice to your readers”, I am not telling you to be extra sweet to them, not at all!
In fact, be polite, Outspoken and anti-politically correct. In my opinion, the true definition of being nice is being outspoken and anti-politically correct.
Recently I wrote a guest post on a tech blog in which I tried to change the mindset of the people about hackers. And I stated – “We Need Hackers”. The moment the post got shared on Google+ a lawyer from Mumbai, India started arguing and said, “Hackers cannot have any positive side.”
She further stated,” If anybody wants motivation then take for doing something good for the Public at large rather than giving motivation by hacking. Tell me is hacking good according to you Rohan?”
To which I replied,” I think our point of views differ and this can’t be sorted out by typing a bunch of comments. That’s fine. The topic is subjective as well as controversial. We can have a never ending discussion on it for hours. Thank you so much for your engaging comment. We highly appreciate your participation.”
It is better to end a conversation than wasting your time explaining a person who is not ready to listen to you.
She removed me from her circles hence a drop in my followers list. But many other people later commented that they liked the post and I was appreciated for writing that post. This way I saw a decrease of one follower but the trick worked and I saw an increase of followers soon.
Controversies – big or small gets attention of the masses quickly. But also remember that do not make yourself known for creating controversies in your posts. Be cautious as writing a post with sufficient proofs to back you up might land you in legal troubles or defamation law suits.
After a point you will be tagged as a “Controversial blogger” and you will be ignored. So be careful!
A blog with many controversial and offensive posts would hardly be able to top the income charts.
Over to you!
Writing a controversial blog post takes courage and readers love them. So have you decided some topics for your controversial posts? Do you have some more tips for writing controversial posts? Do you think that cooking up controversy in your blog posts is a waste of time and energy or a kick to your popularity?
Share your insights and opinions in the comments box below.