What the F$#K? Should You Swear or Not in Your Blog Posts?

Odds are you guessed this terribly, terribly wrong.

And if you guessed “Luck be in the air tonight” maybe this blog post won’t help you much anyways…

Blogging using some cuss words has become quite trendy among some incredibly popular bloggers and social media users, but I’m wondering if it’s really worth it? Or beneficial?

Today’s post is all about the good and the bad of swearing in your blog posts.

The bad of using swear words:

  • Your blog will have a friendlier, less hostile look. Swear words create a more hostile environment. Keeping your blog friendly encourages people to enter and comment.
  • Your blog will be appropriate for all ages of your audience. Some niches have readers of all age groups, which means that dropping the F-bomb every other sentence or so will alienate a big portion of your target audience.
  • Your blog will be more appealing to those who have strict religious beliefs, or a strict moral code. Now, it depends if those people are in your target audience or not.

The good of using naughty words:

  • It is easier to attract young adults.
  • Most users online are used to this kind of language. From movies, TV shows, music, and memes, swearing is a part of the world wide web.
  • Using bad words makes it easier to find your voice. In any kind of writing, you need to write like yourself, so to speak. Also, using swear words make you stand out, appear more honest and trustworthy (so it is easier for your audience to trust you).

I don’t particularly enjoy swearing in my blog posts.

Depending on the topic I’m writing about, I might throw in a few swear words, but I don’t overdo it. The reason for this is that it does not feel like me, even though in real life (and in speech) I am quite vulgar and swear a lot. But that’s another language entirely.

If swear words are part of your daily vocabulary, you probably could use swear words once in a while for the sake of being authentic to your own self.

Of course, there are plenty of alternatives to swearing that kind of have the same effect:

  • Being funny. That’s easy.
  • Make your readers smile.
  • Write with passion about that which inspires you.

Whether or not you want to swear is completely up to you, but before you start dropping F-words every ten words or so, get to know your blog’s demographics, and the chance of them being okay with such language.

Dropping the F-bomb on them may lead to you destroying your subscriber count.

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38 thoughts on “What the F$#K? Should You Swear or Not in Your Blog Posts?

  1. It wasn’t quite long I was thinking why someone should use curse words in blog posts. What they for? I guess some people use it because they’re so much accustomed to it in their day to day speech. Swear words can be okay with friends but for blog posts it can be unwelcoming. There must be another way to make it fun to read other than swearing. Can’t stand an F-word in posts.

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    1. I agree with you 100% That curse words have become part of common parlance is a source of distress for me. That everyday conversation is punctuated with ugliness exemplifies the fact that today’s population is, to be blunt, stupid. It behooves those of us who have the public ear to set a positive example of healthy discourse.

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      1. This sounds like a rather harsh and unqualified statement concerning “today’s population”. I do agree that “colorful metaphors” should probably me more limited than they are, but calling people that cuss/curse/whatever stupid seems rather haughty. I tend to curse quite a bit, but I am FAR from stupid, sir.
        One of the smartest people I have ever known (an engineer) dropped f-bombs all day, every day, and “stupid” is not a word I would use to describe any part of his character. Was his constant use of “inappropriate verbiage” warranted or welcomed? No, it was not. But the man was not stupid.
        As far as using foul language in a blog post goes, I think it’s each to their own. If a writer uses bad language, then it’s that writer that has to deal with what is likely a more limited audience and whatever consequences that come with that choice.

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      2. So, let me get this straight. You make a blanket statement about the general population being stupid because folks have added cussing to their daily vocabulary. Someone decides to call you on it because… well… you DID call everybody stupid.
        This guy’s rebuttal seems to indicate some level of intelligence. He sounds like he’s trying to be civil with you while arguing a different point of view. Then despite your statement about leading by example, you simply call him stupid, too. Wow. O_o

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      3. Thanks for the support, @arazmusmindwalker. I, however, do not believe there is much chance of actually getting anywhere with this. I apologize for any… heartburn… this may have caused.

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  2. I agree with this 100%. I’m a swearer. I’m not really proud of that, and I do my best to limit the amount of sh**’s I drop around little kids. I don’t like to sound vulgar in my blogs because I would like to see it turn into a business someday, so I like to remain professional. However, there are some times when I feel like a perfectly placed f-bomb makes a grande statement. Great post and definitely not a topic that is discussed often in the blogging world.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Loretta.

      I think that the words we use matter a lot, and swear words are part of our vocabulary for a reason. Some people may not like it, but it’s a fact of life. So using these words can make some trust you, others unsubscribe from your blog, it all depends on who you’d much rather have as an audience.

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  3. I’m not a big swearer, probably because my career was up-front and in-person in the hospitality industry. I do occasionally let go of a mild swear word when I’m frustrated or triggered, but only when I’m alone or with someone I know won’t be offended. Fortunately, though blogging can be a little frustrating at times, my topics of choice aren’t those that need swear adjectives. My brother, who is a major swearer in real life, only very occasionally uses one in his blogging, and it’s only a minor one (shit, damn, etc.). The F-word is never, in my opinion, necessary in a blog article. To me, it shows a lack of interest in your audience or else wanting to get a reaction, even if it’s a negative one.

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  4. I believe swearing should be kept to a minimum, especially in a blog. If they are well placed and are there to underline a message in a post that is okay, but I think there is enough swearing in the outside world. I do enjoy reading a post that is informative, positive and makes me think or inspires me. I associate swear words with negativity and therefore, me personally, I do not like them in posts too much.

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  5. Totally agree, Cristian. Using your real voice is important, but just like being at a job interview or a speech, that doesn’t have to include swearing. I’ll drop the occasional “TV-friendly” curse words in my blog, but very few and far between.

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  6. I understand the point about being true to your normal voice but would you really swear at someone you’ve never met before? Yet that’s what you would be doing to people who are first time visitors to your site

    Swearing can come across as

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  7. My husband drops the f-bomb 100 times a day and it doesn’t phase me unless he slips in front of the kids. I think it’s so weird that when I see the actual word on paper or in a blog, it is a bit jarring to me. I will use words like” damn” or “hell” in my blog (are those even considered swear words anymore?) but I will covertly place other big-time words within my writing by using things like “what the *bleep*?” or “this shiz.” That is the authentic me, though. Do you think doing it this way could be considered a happy medium here?

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    1. It all depends on how you feel about it. And why you do it.

      If you do it because that’s the real you, it’s great. If you do it because you are afraid of what the readers would say(or do) it’s not so great.

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  8. It’s the real me but I certainly don’t go overboard with it. I have a lot of sarcasm in my writing and sometimes an occasional mild curse word fits into what I’m trying to say. Thank you so much for your thoughts!

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  9. Great topic. I agree with you. My mother may occasionally read one of my posts, or even my daughter. That thought helps me keep my language clean. Sometimes I’ll use some more mild curse words for effect, but I always want to use them for a specific purpose–never just for the hell of it.

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  10. I see this same debate in the fiction community. So many writers are too fancy to swear. I’m not fancy. I use swearing in dialogue. I feel like the whole ‘I don’t swear!’ thing comes from the same place as the r/notlikeothergirls mentality, minus all the awful internalized misogyny. People are looking for an easy way to look superior to other people. I’m not saying everybody has to swear, it’s the people who brag about it who make me roll my eyes.
    Most of the time swears are nothing more than modifiers. They mean ‘very’ or ‘incredibly’. Some of the time they’re verbs, but usually intensifier adverbs.
    It’s arbitrary what is and isn’t a swear word.
    I’ll keep using them because I’m not trying to be fancy, and I hope I do alienate the kinds of readers with that hoity-toity attitude.

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    1. Makes sense. You are using swear words to filter out those who are not in your target audience, folks you wouldn’t want reading your content anyways.

      And, yes, I don’t think this is as big a deal some people make it to be.

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  11. The screen shot is obviously photo-shopped even if it supposed to be funny. The “I” should be filled in “aIr” as it was in “tonIght” and “In,” though your post about swearing or not made lots of sense, Cristian.

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  12. I’ve given this quite of bit of thought considering I curse like a sailor in my regular life being a jersey girl but I can not seem to find it appropriate to curse in a setting where anyone of any age or background could view my work less in some occasions by involving cursing. Granted I still feel this is highly irrelevant when determining someone’s level of intelligence personally.

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  13. Perhaps I am a little more “old-fashioned” in some of my ideas than some people. I was raised with certain ideas around swearing, such as swearing in front of children, at church, at work, in public in general…were all inappropriate. In fact, I was raised to believe that cussing in general was unacceptable – especially in women! Fortunately for me not all those rules stuck because I am a woman, and I do actually swear, and I have even been known to drop the F-bomb. However, some of those rules have stuck with me over the years, and I realize that I am still bound by not cussing in public, or at work – even when all my co-workers do so. I guess I just have come to realize over time that you just never know when a child, customer, or manager, might happen by and overhear what you are saying, and this is the kind of rule I tend to live by more than any other: if there is ANYONE with the potential to hear what I am saying, and I really do not want them hearing me say it, then I am NOT going to put myself in a position of saying it.

    I learned this rule pretty early in my life when I was working as a volunteer at a fair doing some face painting for kids. It just so happened I had painted the faces of some brothers’ faces, whom I later had an inappropriate verbal exchange with through their mother, and to my horror the boys ended up witnessing this, and because this was on a military post, the MP’s were involved (no violence, I assure you). My partner in later years flipped off a wreckless driver on her way to teach her classes, and it turned out that it was the parent of one of her students. In both of these cases, we have been caught in very humiliating circumstances, and we have learned that it is just best to mind one’s P’s and Q’s when it comes to the naughty language and gestures, because you just never know who may see/hear/witness your behavior.

    This does not stop me from cussing in private, or around my partner, or with a few select friends, but I am very selective about where I choose to cuss, with whom I cuss with, and which words I choose to use. And even when I cuss, I think the worst words I have ever chosen have been pretty mild in comparison to some of the words I’ve heard some people use. There are still limits to my cussing vocabulary…realms I just choose not to venture into.

    In general, my writing is very clean and professional, much like most of my life, but occasionally I might write something that includes minor cuss words like damn, hell, or even shit, but never the F-bomb. I think swearing in writing should be treated as an art. I agree that one should be authentic to one’s self, but if you swear like a sailor, you might want to scale it back so as not to entirely lose your audience. This is where the art comes in: be true to yourself by putting the curse words there, but only where they have the most impact – not just any random place. Too many curse words I think not only lose the audience not just in virtue of the cussing itself, but also in that the message itself gets lost in between all the extra unnecessary words. Imagine for a moment being in a parking lot and seeing a bunch loose change on the ground: 25 pennies and 2 nickels, OR 1 quarter and 2 nickels. Which one is worth bending over to pick up?

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    1. I was raised in a similar environment. You don’t cuss in certain situations. The use of cuss words is something significant. As a kid, I was scolded if I ever used “bad words” in front of adults. So, as an adult, I pay attention to my environment before deciding if it is okay to cuss. In writing, I try to be the same way. There are times when the use of cuss words are more acceptable than others.
      I think that using vulgar language in writing narrows the scope of the audience. Concerning what I’ve written in my blog, I did that knowing that some folks would not stick around. I don’t hold any animosity toward them, and I completely respect anybody that chooses not to read what I’ve written because of my choice in vocabulary.
      I agree with your thought that using cuss words in writing should be predicated on the art or ambiance of the writing. Good stuff. 🙂

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  14. I don’t always swear on my blog but sometimes you gotta… I swear in my real life, so as you say, it’s completely in my character to drop an F-word on the blog here and there. It’s only because I focus on photography that there isn’t more swearing, lol. If someone wants to unfollow me because of a few curse words, they know where that button is. Just because you swear it doesn’t mean what you say has no value. “White people are superior to other races” has no swear words in it but “fuck the racists” has and I know which one I have an issue with.

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