Monday, April 2, 2012

Blogging: B = Bold

How often do you post something that is bold/adventurous/daring?

For me, it is not as often as I would like, although I do have some posts that I would consider to be bold {based off of my personality and standards}, including a post with a picture displaying my weight loss {found here} and a post that I wrote when I was at a very low point in my life and extremely depressed {found here}.

 Sometimes it can be hard to write daring or bold posts.  We often fear what others will think of us.  How will our readers react to what we have written?  Will they understand why we are writing and posting these items?

Well, I have found that most of the time, I enjoy the bold posts the most.  Many times these posts are vulnerable and reveal the author's true nature, which is what makes me them the most interesting.  It is because in these post, the reader can connect to the author on a completely different level.

What do you think?  Is BOLD better?


Melanie said...

Dear Kayla, thank you for your honest post and I feel this is a message that is just right for what I am going through in my life right now. Joining A-Z challenge is a bold move for me because I'm pretty sensitive and private :)

L.G.Smith said...

You are so right. I am often fearful of being too bold on my blog. Afraid I'll offend. But I do usually appreciate it when others are bold.

Ellen Brickley said...

Hi Kayla, I love this post! I blog largely because I like to write, and because I blog under my real name, I don't share huge amounts of personal material in case it would ever compromise me professionally.

However, last year (during the A-Z Challenge, actually!) I decided to be bold and posted about my experiences with panic disorder. I have never regretted going public as a panic sufferer so being bold paid off!

A very interesting post, good luck with the rest of the challenge!

Gregg said...

I have learned to be bold. I guess by bold, I mean to tell the truth as humbly as I can. Great post with much food to think about! Thanks.

Gregg Metcalf

Alex Villasante said...

Like L.G, I'm sometimes not as bold as I wish to be on my post - I don't want to offend. But I have to remind myself that being bold doesn't have to mean being offensive. I am at my boldest when I'm being personal, honest and vulnerable. on the other hand, I don't want to do this too much because there's a toll on the reader when there's TMI - there is a 'too personal' line for everyone, you just have to find it.

Gossip_Grl said...

Love your posting and I sometimes think of it that way, but I also like subjects that can spark a good debate too mainly because I like hearing others opinions you should go bold. :)

jnana said...

Hmmm.....I'm not bold in reality but I find it easier to bold in writing, particularly in the blogosphere world where we're dealing with strangers so the reactions we get don't matter as much as they do in real life.

Lor Rose said...

Bold absolutely rocks my panties. Well if I were wearing any!! XD Lurve your post!

Anonymous said...

Bold is definitely better! It's your blog and you should be able to write what you want and not fear about what others will think of you.
You should have no one to please except yourself

Cassam said...

I wouldn't say my posts are bold, I don't really think about it but I tell the truth and what 's in my heart so I think that's quite bold.

Laura Eno said...

Great topic! I think since most writers tend to be introverted, we have to work at being bold and exposing our emotions for all to see.

Laura A to Z of Immortals, Myths & Legends

Bish Denham said...

Go boldly where no one has gone before. Each of us has that possibility within us.

Nice post.

Tatyanna/Smart Girl, Wise Woman said...

I think Bold is good in most cases. My blog aims to reach young adult women, so I think finding my bold voice is absolutely imperative. Some...if not all...of my guest bloggers have been very bold in sharing their stories. Now it is just a matter of getting the eyes there to read them. :) A to Z Challenge is going to give that a big boost.

Anna Tan said...

I've found that the bold posts always elicit more responses, maybe because people identify more with your passion and vulnerability.
But they're scary. :(

(I sometimes get worried fb messages from my mom after these posts. Yes, I have a FB-stalker-mom!)

Margo Kelly said...

*sometimes* BOLD is better, but BOLD all the time can give you and others a headache. :)

Great post. Nice to meet you - I'm now a follower. :)

Brinda said...

This post really made me think about all the times I'll type something and then backspace and delete. I'll be worried about offending or saying too much. I should be bolder!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I'm naturally a slightly different person on my blog, just like I'm a different person at work. I've not encountered a real-life situation that I've wanted to blog about with complete honesty, but I really admire people who do. It's a nice thought that the friendships you build up through blogging are strong enough to support you through tough times.

The Golden Eagle said...

I think Bold can be quite good, especially if you feel strongly about something!

The Golden Eagle
The Eagle's Aerial Perspective

Dawn Malone said...

I've learned to be bolder as I age, which comes with being honest with yourself I guess. I still backspace like Brinda does, but it's more to reword my reflections rather than delete them completely, which I used to do in my younger days.

Erin M. Hartshorn said...

I'm never as bold as I could be. I'm always impressed with people who are honest and open and talk about their convictions and what moves them. I'm afraid I only let that out in my fiction, and then I don't know how clear it is to others.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Lynn said...

It depends upon the degree of boldness, I guess. I don't like political rants and such. Thanks for coming by my blog!

Heather Murphy said...

I agree it can be difficult to write a bold post but the reward can be that much greater as well. Continue to be BOLD!

Jaime said...

I think that if you are being authentic and your writing is bold, go for it. I believe we should be ourselves. If certain people don't enjoy what I write, there's lots of other blogs they can visit. Very nice post.

Rosalind Adam said...

I know what you mean but I'd hate to post up something one day and find that I'd lost half of my followers the next day. Aaaagh! There needs to be a balance.

I’m doing the A to Z Challenge too at A to Z of Nostalgia

Lynn McMonigal said...

For too long I have struggled with worry over what others think about me. As a blogger, I worry that people will be offended if I am too bold in my statements. When I am writing a novel, I feel like I can be as bold as I want and no one will be offended. After all, I am writing fiction so it is what the character feels and believes that I am showing off. But in a blog post, it is all me. What if I write something that turns a person off? What if I turn away a potential novel reader by being to bold and outspoken in my blog posts?

Recently, though, I have decided that it really doesn't matter. I have to be me, I have to be the woman God created me to be. If that is offensive to someone, so be it. I'd rather cause temporary offense on Earth than risk eternally offending my Saviour.


Donna B. McNicol said...

BOLD is BRAVE but not easy for some of us. I spent most of my life trying to be what I thought others wanted me to be. 50 brought a change, 65 is going to bring more. I plan to sky dive this summer and ride Route 66 from end to end on my Harley at age 66. So there! ;-)

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