Want to be a blogging expert on debating a specific subject?
Sooooo do I. The one great thing after writing blog posts for 4 1/2 years is that I am always learning from others and from myself. There are things in the back of my mind that I always try to do and not to do when writing my blog post. One pet peeve of mine is fact vs opinion. I read so many posts that seem like they are factual, yet it's really the authors opinion. And in most cases, the author never tells you, "hey, this is my opinion." I think that phrase alone and by adding some facts, can go a long way in any blog post, especially when debating a topic or voicing your opinion.
Three successful tips when writing a controversial blog post (of my opinion)
1.) Think ahead of those that would read your post and comment before submitting the final piece. Try to think of other questions or angles to my topic that a reader might come up with. And if my topic has several different angles or sub topics, and that I want to keep everyone on topic, to basically state this in the beginning so comments don't get off topic. I just wrote this post the other day and here is an example. Is 20 percent down the solution? Would the real estate market then crumble?
As you can see, I am directing people what to focus on, since another hot topic that is part of the 20 percent down issue is QRM. I still had someone that had to bring up lenders having skin in the game, because they didn't click on my link, which would be about buyers only. So I went and added "for borrowers". Believe it or not though, still a handful of comments still talked about QRM, when I even stated that was not what I wanted to talk about.
2.) When I am debating or arguing my case for a specific subject, even though I am against one side, I usually try to show pros and cons of both sides. I want to show that I thought this out, that I am open-minded about the subject, and to keep the conversation flowing. But at the same time, to be able to make my point, to show why I am on that side, yet trying to keep it fair from all perspectives and angles.
3.) Lastly, as I stated in my opening paragraph, to always put some sort of disclaimer in my post that this is of my opinion. Even if I state facts, all posts are opinionated. The confusion can be when someone gives their opinion with facts, but doesn't separate this. And when doing this, it's easy to read the whole post as a fact, which can be misleading to so many when looking for facts.
Summary : Yes, many facts can be that of opinion or judgment. Or just the facts that the author wants to reveal, to make their point seem legitimate or correct. But I truly think if you look at your topic from both sides of the fence, giving pros and cons to both sides, this can go a long way. Trying to look at the topic from both angles, even if you feel strongly about one side, will hopefully show your readers that you not only took it seriously, but that you tried looking at this as a jury would during a trial. I try this often when debating certain topics and I get many comments that recognize this and it can usually gives my readers a different perspective on the topic at hand.
Ps... this post is based on my opinion, but what I have found successful over the years when writing blog posts.