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Should Bloggers Discuss Politics?

On ye old Twitter this week, I’ve come across a lot of discussion over whether bloggers, especially ‘big bloggers’, should use their platform to talk about politics.

This is more of a personal account of the situation than a pros and cons debate. I’ve seen a few of those so thought I’d share what’s stopping me talking. Here’s a great pros and cons post over at abbeylouisarose.co.uk though!

Just because somebody is a big blogger, it doesn’t mean that they know enough about politics to be able to confidently discuss their views. They might also want to keep their blog as their ‘happy place’ or neutral and that should be okay.

There are so many reasons why people wouldn’t share their political views on their blogs or social media. It seems that people want others to speak up, but only if it is aligned with their views. The fallout from just a few tweets in the past tells me it’s a risk to put up political views on my blog. People get so nasty over a different opinion. I’ve even seen people try to cost others their jobs over a quick tweet. Is it any wonder people are scared to discuss their views on anything important?

There are of course so many reasons to share views as well! I have often talked about how more open discussion is needed when it comes to politics and will happily discuss them with anyone. However, dealing with the fallout from some discussion has changed my mind a little in this past year. I thought it was okay to talk about the current state of politics, but it only seems to be okay on social media if you have a popular opinion. As soon as you begin to question a few things, people try to tear your apart rather than provide answers. Is it worth the drama? I certainly think so, and am quite confident when it comes to discussing political matters, but I can see why others avoid it!

I have spoken about why I didn’t vote in the EU Referendum, but its not because I don’t know anything about politics, it was more because I didn’t like how the discussion was often turned into an argument rather than education. My vote wasn’t swayed either way, not until too late anyway.

The truth is, I have no end of things to say when it comes to politics, but my opinions are very often unpopular. I’m unbiased, I stand with no side, and dig for truth rather than retweeting or sharing things. I check stats have come from a reliable source before sharing, and more often than not, I realise that the original material that sent me looking is incorrect or exaggerated. If I try to tell people why I think that, I am called names, unfollowed, attacked even. Unless of course I happen to be sticking up for a popular opinion at the time.

Two of my closest friends have fallen out with me this year, because I didn’t outright agree with their political stance. I didn’t disagree either, I just questioned a couple of things. One of them called me names online and stopped speaking to me. We’ve been best friends for 7 years. This to me is so worrying. If you can’t discuss something like this with friends, how is it going to be when you try talking online about it all.

As an honest and (ahem…) opinionated blogger, I feel that I should be speaking up about these things, but even I’m not sure anymore. Imagine if my blog posts were seen by most of a generation. I’m not sure if I’d just stay neutral as well.

The internet is amazing, online communities are amazing, but they can all be a bit one sided. The internet also means that you can’t take back what you said, or change your mind, or put out a statement you’re not sure of. It can breed nastiness amongst people and bullying without people even realising they’re doing it.
This group mentality that people online have, especially on Twitter, can be a great thing, but it can also be really detrimental to open discussion on major topics.

I usually have a good tweet about what’s going on, but lately, I haven’t said anything because I’m just not sure it’s worth it. I don’t agree with a lot of what is being said online lately. Instead of being able to tell people why I don’t, I end up having to constantly defend myself. I am capable of doing so, but not sure it’s worth it, as it doesn’t seem to be about discussion, it seems to be more about everyone having the same outlook. And they don’t. Nobody thinks exactly like another person, that’s the beauty of it all. People say we’ll end up like George Orwell’s 1984 if we keep going the way we are, but I already feel like we’re there, because opinions are forced on you and if you question them, that’s it!

Should bloggers discuss politics? It’s up to the individual. They shouldn’t be told either way by anybody else. It’s their platform, their content, and their little space on the internet.
Realistically though, if they do, they have to be prepared for some fallout and possibly some of their hard work being undone. Is it worth the risk?

What do you think? Should bloggers use their platform for issues such as politics?

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8 Comments

  • Reply Kiersten Rives

    I avoid posting about politics on my blog because my opinion is very unpopular and I know it will invite people to bully and threaten me. I’d rather not deal with the drama. Plus, my cousin actually got stalked and somebody found out her phone number and called her incessantly and sent her death threats for posting an opinion online. I think I’m a bit scared to post what I think after that!
    Kiersten @Autumn Country Girl

    1 February 2017 at 14:07
    • Reply Tina

      It’s awful isn’t it. I’m sorry to hear about your cousin, that is so unfair. It shouldn’t be a risk like that.
      As for unpopular opinions, I’m with you. I’m really unbiased with pretty much everything, but when you defend against the popular, it comes across as bias. Either way, it should be okay to think differently.
      Thanks for your comment and honesty.

      1 February 2017 at 14:19
  • Reply Clare

    I totally agree with everything you said here! Personally I refrain from tweeting or blogging about my political opinions mostly because I don’t understand it enough and I try to remain fairly unbiased. I think there’s way too much pressure at the moment for people to be giving their opinions on what d going on, otherwise they “dont care” which is so not true. I choose to stay quiet because I prefer to make my own judgements and try not to jump to conclusions too quickly. It should definitely be an individual choice! Loved this post x
    – Clare | stereo-clare.blogspot.co.uk

    1 February 2017 at 14:20
    • Reply Tina

      Thank you! Remaining unbiased should be seen as a good thing. As you say, it doesn’t mean you don’t care if you don’t comment and anyone who wants to post about issues should be able to when ready and on their own terms x

      1 February 2017 at 14:24
  • Reply Jennie

    Politics and money are always tricky subjects. I feel really bad for you loosing really tight friendships over a disagreement in politics, that’s awful. I’m not educated enough on politics to say much on social. I like others posts or even RT if I agree but wouldn’t start a discussion as I get too upset, ha. I’ve seen some tweets encouraging/demanding other to say something and it’s those people I would unfollow, not the ones who say their opinion.

    1 February 2017 at 20:34
    • Reply Tina

      They definitely are, people are often so passionate about the subjects. I’ve only started learning about it in the last few years, but I don’t like the taking sides part. I’m definitely right down the middle on everything.
      I hope the friendships will rekindle when the madness dies down, but it’s disappointing. It’s not even from an argument, but hey, life!
      I agree I don’t think it’s nice to demand things of people, if somebody shares a post, I like to see their perspective no matter what they say.

      1 February 2017 at 20:43
  • Reply This, tatt and the other

    Lots of very valid points here. It’s a bit of a minefield, isn’t it? People love to discuss politics when people are backing up their personal ideas, but once someone disagrees or challenges it can escalate into something nasty very quickly (as it seems you’ve experienced with your friends- that’s crazy!)

    Personally I do post opinions and rants, but that’s mainly because I’m a bit of a gobshite and can’t keep things to myself!

    3 March 2017 at 13:42
    • Reply Tina

      Haha, I love that! I think everybody should. I just realised it was causing a bit of a scene when I did. I definitely go against the grain and question everything so I probably just pissed people off 😉
      It should be something that can be spoken about though.It’s a shame it turns nasty so fast.

      5 March 2017 at 20:55

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