Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Money and Religion

Bloggers are subject to lots of different rules, or at least, suggestions. They're told to involve their readers, tell a bit about their own lives, talk about current subjects that might interest their followers. But conventional wisdom is to shy away from two subjects: money and religion.

More subjects have been added to that list, and I wonder about them. For instance, it may be okay for a blogger--especially an author (we wouldn't want to drive away a potential reader, would we?)--to talk about their devotion to a particular football team...unless the people who read it are fans of another team that's an arch-rival. So we soft-pedal that.

Those who blog or otherwise post on the Internet have been warned that they should only use photos and images that are freely available. Otherwise, they might be sued for copyright infringement. (Note: I use Pexels, so the images I post are okay).

Recently authors have been told to be careful about using a particular word in a series title, because that word is copyrighted. That has kept the authorial world stirred up even further.

There was a time (although it seems so long ago) that we could express our opinion without someone jumping in and not only voicing one that dissents (which is fine with me) but trashing us for holding that belief (which isn't fine, in my opinion).

So, authors and others who blog, are you careful about what you post? Or, for that matter, what you say in public? Is this a new thing, or has it been going on for a long time, and I've not noticed it? Let me know.

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EM Griffith said...

My grandmother always said it was impolite to discuss money, politics or religion publicly. Times have certainly changed; she passed away before internet connections, social media and blogs. Sharing one's faith is different--"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..."--yet I think there's still some wisdom in her advice. When personal things like money and politics, etc. are shared publicly, it opens one up to attack from those with very opposing ideas, because people seem to be much less respectful of each other these days. Sadly.

Richard Mabry said...

Elise, I agree that people are much less respectful these days, a change I've noted in the decade or so I've been blogging. I think I know why, but I'm not going to get into that...yet. I may have to eventually. Thanks for your comment.

Priscilla Bettis said...

YES, I avoid certain topics or terms on my blog. For example, I am a woman of faith, but I don't use Jesus, Allah, or the Torah. I do use faith, God, and prayer (and sometimes meditate instead of prayer) because I figure those terms are encompassing and won't offend anyone.

I was also taught like Elise that talking about money was impolite. I think my generation and our kids have suffered because of that. So many of us don't know the difference between deficit and debt, or how to draw up a budget, or how much you really pay when you pay off a loan making only the minimum payments. So I do talk about money on my blog and just figure I'll get verbal lashing for it from time to time.

Politics, I totally avoid that! There are too many angry extremists on both sides of the aisle. I wish, I really wish, we could discuss viewpoints rather than "win" by shouting another person down.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, thus far I've managed to avoid being shouted down by troll-like commenters, but to do so I've had to keep my political opinions mostly to myself. But a day may come soon when I decide it's not worth it to be politically correct, even if it costs me book sales. Thanks for your comment.

Patricia Bradley said...

Funny you should talk about this today...yesterday I shared a post-- a photo of our President waiting for the N. Korean detainees to arrive and received 2 comments, both negative. I didn't ask for comments...I just thought it was a touching post. Lesson learned. Again. I took the post down, but it has left a sour taste in my mouth toward the two people who posted a comment, both "friends" of mine.

I wouldn't dream of posting a negative comment on someone else's post. If I don't agree, I just pass on by. It appears civility is a thing of the past.

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, as I said above, I haven't ventured into politics by any stretch of the imagination, because of the responses I'm afraid I'll get. But I've reached the point where, when I see a reply to someone's post on Facebook that I find offensive, I look at that person's page, and if I follow them I hit the "unfollow" button. I don't "unfriend" them...yet. But that comes next. Civility comes with friendship, and if they're not civil, I plan to cut the cord. Thanks for responding.

Patricia Bradley said...

This isn't the first time they've done this...haven't thought of unfollowing them! Off to do that. :-)