I am probably the least confrontational person on this planet. I don’t like to rock the boat. I don’t like to offend anybody. I don’t like to see anybody being verbally attacked (nor do I like to be verbally attacked myself). I’m a people pleaser. I just want everyone to get along.
Despite all that, I do have an opinion. And I believe that other people should have their opinions as well. I appreciate differing opinions because they offer a perspective I didn’t previously take into consideration. I don’t have to share those people’s opinions, but if they’re presented in such a way that isn’t pushy or accusatory, I’ll gladly listen to them. And I’d like to think that my opinion would be respectfully taken into consideration in return.
I don’t typically write about controversial issues. You won’t see anything on my blog remotely touching upon politics or religion. I write about my personal feelings, and so far, it seems that those feelings raise very little if any controversy among my readers.
However, I recently decided to write about a topic that I’m quickly learning is more controversial than I originally thought. I’ve shared my idea with only a handful of people, but it seems that suddenly I’m writing about my opinion rather than simply my feelings, a distinction I never really made until now. And I don’t know how I feel about that.
I thought about tossing the entire idea, throwing out the article I’ve been thinking about and trying to write about for weeks. I realize now that not everyone is going to agree with my opinion, that for the first time since I started blogging, I might actually get nasty comments from readers because I somehow offended them. And I don’t know how I feel about that.
So what do I do? Do I revise the article to make it a more feelings piece than an opinion piece? Do I leave the article as is and prepare to defend myself? Or do I abandon the topic altogether? What would you do?