Not All Controversy Is Bad To Write About. Let Me Tell You Why!

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity.”Thomas J. Watson


Let’s Talk Controversy…

Some content and opinions may be controversial. Our society is littered with touchy subjects, and polarized beliefs. Controversial issues manage to find us every day whether we choose to acknowledge them or not. We have two options when we need to take a stance on a controversial subject. We can filter everything we do in an effort to not rock the boat, or we can state our honest opinions. The funny thing is, most good people with important things to say try not to rock the boat, while those who are belligerently and obnoxiously opinionated, are often self-assured in speaking their minds.

If you’re afraid that by speaking out about controversial topics, you may lose some readers, I say, who cares?

Sometimes taking a stance on important issues sets you apart. People who speak their beliefs are often respected. When you decide to be a little risky with your opinion pieces, researched posts or creative works, I think people generally try to respect that as long as you’re not being disrespectful and hateful yourself.

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When dealing with controversy, you don’t need to shy away from it. Just be wise with your wording and matter of fact. If you’re making a creative work that may be triggering for others, a note before or after explaining why you made it and maybe some helpful references can ease the shock.

I had to learn this lesson the hard way after posting a poem about abuse one day, drawing from my own experiences with people in my life and my own dark side to an extent. Without some words of caution and support it was much more controversial, but it also became one of my most popular posts at the time due to it being a topic most others won’t touch in such a provocative way.

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“What are the benefits of being risky though?”

Let me share an interesting fact with you.

Are you aware of the video game series called Grand Theft Auto?

Most likely your answer to that question is a yes, because it’s one of the best selling video game series of all time. If you don’t know what the game’s all about, it gives you the freedom to lead the life of a non-typical protagonist. He’s usually a thug, or an outlaw, or a person of violence, and this character spends time with others of the same sort, each with less and less morality than the other. They commit crimes, shoot police officers, sell drugs, pickup prostitutes etc.

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Well, before the first Grand Theft Auto game was released, Rockstar Games (Under their previous name, DMA Design) hired a renowned public relations representative to ensure the game would be as high profile, as possible, for it’s release. Do you know what this rep did to make sure that everyone was talking about Grand Theft Auto?

He began to send out copies of the game to be reviewed by hyper-sensitive conservative types who would be absolutely appalled by it and give it a bad review. Those reviewers were so upset by what they had witnessed that they wrote to their political leaders about the game and demanded it not to be released. Some government officials had to make statements about their opinions on the game. DMA Design couldn’t have asked for better publicity and the game was front and center in everyone’s mind. It also received a lot of free publicity.  Everyone wanted to see what all the hype was about, and it never hindered the game’s chance for success – in fact, it caused the game to explode into the spotlight.

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“So, you’re saying, controversial writing is good writing?”

Well, no, good writing is good writing. Let’s go back to that example with Grand Theft Auto. If the game wasn’t fun to play, then the controversy would not have helped to produce a legacy for that game. The game was always fun, and in fact, the creators have stated that they never created the game just to stir up controversy, they created it to be fun first and the game just sort of took them in a dark direction.

Well, If you are being controversial just for the sake of being controversial, then God help you, because you’ve likely dug your own grave. If you’re honestly expressing an opinion or just aiming to express something creatively, then all power to you. If you ruffle a few feathers from that, and earn love and admiration from others, then I’d say that was worth it. It just needs to be important to you and you have to be true to yourself.

You have to be your unique self.

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…Yes, even this guy…

Don’t be afraid to speak your mind on important and contentious issues, because the world needs to hear your opinions, especially if you’re fighting for human rights. You may attract a new following of similarly opinionated individuals and those individuals can be very loyal followers.

Having shared opinions or creative tastes are great ways to build relationships with other people. If you lose a few readers who are completely opposed to your ideas or creative works, than I don’t know what to say, “you can’t please them all”, comes to mind.

On the other hand, if the type of controversy that you want to create involves hate, bigotry or division, then you not only need to question your content, but your entire way of living. You’re going to lose everyone except for those who are equally as grotesque.

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If you really want to be unique and set yourself apart from everybody else in blogging and in life, you have to brave enough to speak your truth! Don’t let controversy or the opinions of others intimidate you, as long as you are speaking for what you believe is right. Non-conformists deserve respect.

Just be sure it’s important to you.

Would you, or have you ever written a controversial post?

Tell me about it down below!

63 thoughts on “Not All Controversy Is Bad To Write About. Let Me Tell You Why!

  1. YES!!! I absolutely agree with you!!

    I have written some controversial posts, & I have received backlash, but it was from a few extremely conservative individuals, & my thoughts are if they can’t agree to disagree & let politics dictate who they’re friends with, then I don’t need them anyway! I have to be careful, depending on the subject matter, because I’m a very passionate person, & I can let it get the best of me, but if it’s something I truly believe in, or I believe needs to be heard, then I have no problem speaking my mind!😆

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  2. I have not, yet, but I had always wanted to…Well, it’s a really silly and embarrassing topic, and I know most of the people will hate it altogether, but… I had always wanted to write about guy’s love. I mean the one between two guys. What do you think about the topic?

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      1. Masaki and Tatsuya… My imaginary friends… I may sound like a crybaby, I can’t tell you how much tears have I shed for them. Both having shattered lives, and yet coming together for each other.
        I remember Masaki telling “When I had nothing, I had you.” He has a bitter, abused childhood, tortured with depression and loneliness and misunderstanding and Tatsuya suffered silently, buried under expectations.

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  3. Great post! I actually just had my most viewed blog post ever yesterday on my blog The Stoic Veteran, and it involved gun control. It wasn’t even that controversial, but the Facebook group I shared it in had a lot to say about it.

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  4. For me there are a couple of things that will almost always lead to me unfollowing someone. One is if a post feeds into stigma against mental illness, and another is if a post promotes victim-blaming, especially with regards to sexual assault. People can write whatever they want, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to want to read it.

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    1. Well, very true. As I’ve stated, I don’t think that all controversy is created equally. If what you’re spewing is hateful, intolerant, or just plain hurtful then you can’t expect much love in return, except from those who share that twisted view of the world.

      Controversy can destroy you if your message is purely hurtful rhetoric, and yeah… It could alienate some readers if you’re not careful.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  5. I used to deliberately stir up controversy on my first blog, but I got tired of that. It did generate a lot of hits and comments, and arguments in the comments, but that gets boring too. And I decided I didn’t like it when nice people got hurt from the absolute jerks, which meant I had to start policing the comments. Ughhh. So, I don’t post about controversial things now, or at least not deliberately. As you say, there’s always someone ready to be offended over a blue sky, so whatever. But I will comment on most topics elsewhere!

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    1. Good point. I feel like I like just a tad of controversy on my blog from time to time, but I think it’s important to pace it out so that the entire blog doesn’t become controversial. People can handle being annoyed if a topic rubs them the wrong way here and there, but if it happens too often they might just try to forget about you.

      I try to stick only to topics which feel important to me, and I feel like, if I’ve aired my opinion once, then I don’t need to repeat myself too often again in the future.

      Thanks for your feedback!

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  6. This was a great read. You make me reflect and I love that.
    Yes, I have…. but it is a long time ago… and not all feedback was nice…
    To me it is important to be me.. and honest and genuine❤️and that weird girl I always have been, but damn.. I am proud of it❤️
    Thank you for sharing.
    Bless you🙏🏻

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      1. I wrote it on a platform in Norway before I started at WP and was about the adult role in kindergarten and that it is so easy to talk down us who work there…. oh gosh, it is difficult to explain in English…
        and how easy it is to work with children because it is «just play with children all day long».. but no, it is not like that..
        someone was provoked by what I wrote ..

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  7. I think there are definitely controversial topics that I would write about, but there are some that I just won’t touch. People can often use controversy as a means to get attention on themselves, and they can be… really hateful, racist and rude (to name a few), whilst also being really idiotic in the process. I’m thinking of people like Tomi Lahren on twitter. I think there’s definitely a line that shouldn’t be crossed. Which I think is what you tried to explain with your Grand Theft Auto comments.

    Is there a way to be controversial and start a discussion and do it right? Absolutely. Is there a way to garner attention for the sole purpose of seeking attention and trying to make people angry? (and being hateful in the process) Absolutely! If people do the first, I’m happy to read. If people do the second, I don’t think they deserve people’s time. Does that make sense?

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    1. Yes. I tried to express the same opinion through my post, but perhaps it became lost in translation at some point.

      Hate, bigotry and hurtful rhetoric just for the sake of attention does not equal an engaging post. Speaking up for your beliefs even though it may be controversial is respectable. Being creatively fringe can be acceptable as well, as long as you’re careful.

      Trump is controversial but he’s also an asshole. Don’t be trump. Be the anti-trump.

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  8. Great post, Matthew. In my blog posts, I always speak my mind because, in the past, people with a differing orthodoxy of opinions have tried to shut me up. I don’t court controversy, but I don’t shy away from it, either.

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  9. Will read that poem later 🙂 And yes, sometimes we need to take risk. When I flew across the world where everyone is a stranger, I took a big risk, but it’s the best decision I ever made.
    I have a controversial post in my draft, so much, I actually don’t want to take a risk of posting it before I know that I can protect my family from those dangerous people who already puts me in danger while I was pregnant… so even though I have a feeling that risk is worth posting, this is probably a risk I will be taking in a few years.

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    1. Every situation and topic is unique and needs to be judged individually based on how important it is to you and the risks involved too… Absolutely! I’m really sorry that you’ve had people like that in your life before. No one deserves to live with that. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to hurt you. You’re so sweet.

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      1. 😄 Thanks Mathew ❤ You warm my heart. But you have no idea how poisonous I can be for those who hates me, 😂 Those dangerous people were mistaken though and we have solid evidence against them so they have no choice but to back-off, However, I'm tormented and feel scared to suffer a backlash if I decide to come out with it too soon.

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  10. A most thoughtful and well balanced post Mathew. It was important you differentiated between Controversy and the odious Hate Mongers such as Alex Jones.
    Controversy is good as long as the writers are not seen to be siding with one group all the time, it looks like just playing to an audience, serving what they want to hear and that is not Controversy.
    Probably the most difficult line to tread is not to hurt innocent folk unintentionally. For instance I’ve seen some attacks on religion which in the phraseology can be construed as racist, while also hurting and offending the ordinary placid believer and not the fanatic bigots the writer thought they were targeting.
    Before WP & Akismet screwed up my last site I had one blog for my posts about Writing etc and one which was political, which was polemic and at times deliberately provocative… thing was the sort of people I looked to agitate weren’t the sort who read my blogs….actually they the sorts who didn’t know about at all me! 🤣.
    Smart move by the guy hired by Grand Theft Auto….as the old show business saying goes, ‘There’s no such thing as bad publicity’…You’ve just got to know which hornet’s nest to poke.

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    1. I think you’re a hidden gem. You have a lot of insight and wisdom inside of you and after reading through a few of your posts I think it’s a shame that you don’t get more attention then you do right now.

      Thank you for all of your thoughtful and constructive feedback. Yes, I new this post could be taken the wrong way if I wasn’t VERY careful with how I said it.

      I’m also very glad that you touched on religion in your comment and how those posts can be taken wrong at times by those who care about religion. Believe it or not, I actually plan on releasing an article in a few days and it does touch on religion, but I think I’ve done a pretty good job of probably only offending the super-conservative types. I do state my opinions honestly though but try not to be offensive.

      If you’d like to proof read it once over for me before I post it, that might be wonderful. Would you consider that?

      P.s. Let’s be honest, the super conservative types are usually fun to poke ;P

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    1. Thanks so much for your feedback. I’m glad that you’re strong enough to speak out about what you believe in and to push for change. That’s very courageous.

      I like to write on certain controversies at least once just to state my opinion, but I try not to let it run my blog. I feel like one controversial post per week is more than plenty, and even when I do that, I spend a LOT of time editing to make sure that my point is as clear and inoffensive as possible, because my goal is not to do damage necessarily. Just to state my opinion in a well-balanced and logical way.

      Politics can definitely be a touchy subject. Do whatever feels right for you. American, I’m guessing?

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