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How to Tackle Controversial Topics in Blogging

This is a guest post by Jennifer Brown Banks, veteran freelance writer and blogger at Blogging Pro.

A few months ago, I was contacted by a client of mine who was in a pickle.

As a goal for her blog, (which addresses how Blacks are portrayed by the media, and other issues relevant to the African-American community), she wanted to tackle some more controversial topics. Although she was passionate about her themes, and felt morally compelled to initiate important dialogue, she was afraid that in the process, she might “offend someone.” What should she do…?

It happens to the best of us. Particularly those of us who are passionate writers. Sometimes we are called to forsake popularity for principle. Sometimes we must court controversy to expose truths, or provoke thought.

This conundrum doesn’t just apply to writers, but almost all creative artists that are in the public eye, or have a platform or following.

Many opt to exercise their 1st amendment rights and speak their own “personal truths”. For better or for worse.