What the %&$#!? To Swear or Not to Swear

in Editor's Corner

That is the question.

Or, rather, that is the subject of a pretty lively thread going on over the past few months. What started as a mere seed on SeededBuzz by Artistically Nuts has become a somewhat trendy topic. This is in particular is among mom bloggers (yeah, I get around) but the guest post I have written over at A Closet Writer on this is actually for everyone, not just mom bloggers (despite its title :)).

Seriously, though – do you curse like a sailor on your blog(s)? If not, do you think other people should? What about swearing in comments? Do you approve comments with cuss words (ha) in them?? Would love to hear your thoughts… over there.

So, pleaseΒ go over and speak up the same way you would here. πŸ™‚ Trust me, I’m the same bizchickblogs in my guest posting as I am on this site.

–>Here’s the link: swearing on blogs. Enjoy!!!

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Antun @ Accommodation in Croatia September 22, 2010 at 5:43 am

I think it depends on subject of blog or post. If it is something from real life swearing is ok if it is not excessive. On the other hand, if it is a blog about some kind of professional subject i think swearing is out of order.

Alex Dumitru September 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

Usually I try not to swear on my blog, but sometimes I just can’t stop myself πŸ™‚

Dean Saliba September 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I tend to save my swearing for my personal blog. Actually I think the amount of swearing I do on my personal blog is enough so that every blog on the net doesn’t have to swear! :-O

Udegbunam Chukwudi@Wordpress Blog Setup October 4, 2010 at 10:00 am

lol. I do swear sometimes on my blog but that happens when someone get’s on my nerve just like in real life. My Facebook pals can testify to my talent @ using curse words. lol

A. Tatum September 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Now I have to say I hate the term “curse like a Sailor” since I am one and not all of us curse, but I do think it is taste-less to do so and shows your lack of range of the English language when that’s all one can do. I like your blog though πŸ™‚

Tia Peterson September 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Thanks, A. I certainly have an extensive lexicon, but I apologize for offending you. It wasn’t my intent.


Becky September 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm

No, I do not think that anyone should use bad word. You should speak like you would face to face. Most people I know will not keep company with people who cuss all the time or even at them. Delete them like you would walk away if, someone were to cuss at you. Do not bring yourself down to their level.

JamestheJust on Elance September 8, 2010 at 9:51 pm

What a [CENSORED]!!

Are you [CENSORED]? Tia?!

[Yosemite Sam Interlude]! Really, though.

Kathy September 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm

You need to get John Sullivan from Bloggerluv over there to throw his two cents in. He might drop an F bomb or two over there. – Whatever you do, don’t get him fired up.

Tia Peterson September 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I think I’ll stay neutral and just ask the questions, LOL. πŸ™‚ Like a presidential debate moderator.

Ryan Biddulph September 8, 2010 at 9:50 am

Hi Tia,

I rarely swear on my blog, never in writing. Sometimes one cuss word flies out when I am shooting a particularly passionate video. This is like a few times in over 470 videos.

Unless it’s properly placed a curse word adds little value to your post. Use them selectively and only if you feel they add a little extra oomph to your posts without sacrificing good taste.

Ryan Biddulph

Tia Peterson September 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I’m just glad you say cuss word, too. πŸ™‚

Ana @ Targeted Website Traffic September 8, 2010 at 8:44 am

I have big distaste for swearing, wherever it may be.

I think many bloggers hide behind it because they are afraid that without swearing their readers might find them too blend.

I don’t read bloggers that have a need to do that.

Ana Hoffman

Tia Peterson September 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Hi Ana,

Right – if you don’t like it then you don’t have to read it. Some bloggers with colorful language draw huge followings, though. There is something that appears to be like a brotherhood. The brotherhood of people who swear, LOL.

To each (blogger), her own (readers), I say. πŸ™‚


T. September 8, 2010 at 11:43 am

I swear on my blog occassionally if it is appropriate to the context of the post. I don’t think using “high octane” curse words is appropriate to my blog although I have read some blogs where the language is part of the blogger’s schtick so it works. I don’t feel that vulgarity is ever necessary and I will usually cross a blogger off my list if i find there content or language to be crass or juvenile.

Tia Peterson September 8, 2010 at 2:23 pm

T, first of all, I am loving the title of that post “My Best Writing Advice – Just Shut Up.” I have no idea what it’s about yet but it’s a great title. πŸ™‚

I agree that so long as swearing is part of your brand image, it’s really okay. Bloggers write for readers, and reading is completely voluntary. Since there are many blogs to read, people can find blogs they are not offended by and leave the others alone.

Justin Dupre September 8, 2010 at 6:34 am


I guess certain words like s*** or a** is okay to be funny, but I don’t think it would be good for anyone to use profanity if the post is trying to prove a point or presenting an idea.

Tia Peterson September 8, 2010 at 2:27 pm

You know who tends to use swear words a lot? Matt Trainer. He’s a big Internet marketing guy.

I still like his stuff. I don’t particularly get offended by it even though just saying ‘damn’ makes me feel funny (and everyone tells me I look like an idiot when I swear, too).

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