Some Advice: Keep Cool When Blogging!

Posted on February 7, 2020


By David Ettinger

Curb Those Emotions
I recently wrote a blog titled, “Why Evangelicals Support President Trump.” The blog took a middle-of-the-road stance, and was generally well received. There were certain points readers disagreed with, but they concurred with the general tenor.

Typically, blogs on the President draw fury and wrath. Mine, however, don’t. The reason is that when I write, I curb my emotions and just stick to the facts and/or main thesis. I try to present things coolly, precisely, and logically, not intending to rile up, but to explain.

I say all this because in several of my recent President Trump blogs, some of you have commented how you would like to write something reflecting your views on the President, but are hesitant for several reasons – tops among them the fear of offending readers.

Don’t Sweat It
I guess it’s easy for me to say because I am a trained journalist and have 20 years’ worth of experience writing editorials and opinion pieces for the three newspapers I worked for. In authoring these pieces, my colleagues and I were to leave emotion behind and “just stick to the facts, ma’am.”

There is no reason you should fear writing about controversial issues. If you do so civilly and without making it look like you are attacking those with differing views, you should be okay.

BUT, you’ve got to curb the emotions. Be calm. Don’t sweat it. No ranting. No raving. No whining. Be mature. Be sensible. Be brief. Present your viewpoints with logic and diplomacy and move on. I know plenty of op-ed writers who hated what they were assigned to write (editors assigned our subject matter to us), but the reader would have no idea of this because all pieces were written maturely, without emotion, and logically.

Just a School Essay
Quite frankly, my President Trump blog was nothing more than your basic 5-paragraph freshman-English college essay. (I taught college English for 2 years). And yes, I did play around with the 5-paragraph format, but the idea is the same.

I used to tell my students: “You can write about any topic you want, but I want fact and logic, no emotions. Even if I hate your topic, so long as you are technically sound and back up your points, you’ll be fine.”

The same applies to you who never write about difficult subjects because of trepidation, or who do write about controversial topics but do so with too much emotion and not enough diplomacy.

So, if you seek to write on such matters, settle down, jot down a few “bullet points” you want to hit, be mature, and put a little cement in your spine just in case you rub someone the wrong way. I think this is better than carrying strong thoughts around with you for years and never giving them voice. Give it a shot – it’ll be good therapy!