Last week I was a bit taken aback when a couple of people on Twitter told me they were surprised at a blog post I’d written. The implication was that it wasn’t the kind of post they expected me to write.
I don’t know either of these people, I don’t follow them on Twitter. I don’t really – how can I put this? – CARE about their opinions.
A few days ago a close friend – a very popular blogger – was told what she ‘should’ be tweeting about. And yesterday another friend- again, an extremely successful blogger – received a comment from a total stranger about something she’d written on her blog, basically telling her she shouldn’t have written it.
Since when did the fact that you read a blog or follow someone on Twitter give you the right to tell them what to blog, or tweet? To try to censor, or edit their content?
This is my blog. I write it, I own the url and everything on it. If I want to write 30 posts about my love for Colin Farrell, or about my dislike of Hob Nobs, I will. No one – not even my closest friends – can tell me how or what to write on this space.
Because the point of a blog, surely, is that it is your personal space, and as long as you’re not breaking the law, you can do what you like with it. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, of course, and there’s nothing wrong with debating a topic. But blogs are so personal to the blogger, that if you try to tell someone what to write you’re essentially telling the blogger how to think.
And you’re probably going to get short shrift.