There comes a time when blogging that you might wish to write a critical article regarding some issue within your blogging community. Maybe something within the community has gotten you fired up. Or maybe you disagree with another blog post about an issue that you are passionate about. In any case, you are now feeling the urge to use your blogging skills to write a blog post that is highly critical of some idea. Before you hit publish, examine your blog post to make sure you haven’t committed any of these mistakes.
Check to make sure that your post does not attack the person behind the idea that you are criticizing. Personal attacks take away from the discussion. Remember that you are not criticizing the person, but rather the argument that person made. If you personally attack them, then you risk alienating yourself from the rest of the blogging community. So make sure you remove any phrases that can be perceived as offensive.
Next check the phrases you use in your post. Make sure the phrases you use are not extreme in how they respond to the issue. Phrases that, for example, convey extreme opinions, such as the words ‘never’ or ‘always,’ can make you seem extreme in your stance. Likewise, language that is rude and low can make you seem too crude, which will turn off others from wanting to discuss the issue with you.
If you are a writing a critical post, then you want to make sure that your argument is logically made. Make you statement or claim, and follow it up with reasons. Your reasons should connect logically with your argument. It’s very hard to defeat an argument that is logically written. That way, you can focus on the complexities of the discussion, rather than dealing with trying to defend an illogical argument.
Next, if you are going to put yourself out there and write a critical post, you must make sure you have all of your facts right. Get up-to-date research and use that research to support the reasoning behind your argument. Cite and link your sources. By getting good, reliable information, you can create a very strong argument.
Finally, do not remain stubborn in your beliefs. If you are open-minded when you join a discussion about an important issue, and if you encounter an argument or evidence that is significantly stronger and persuasive than your own, then maybe you should consider that other position. Open yourself up to other alternatives. Entertain other perspectives. Show that you are a responsible member of the community and invite others to join the conversation. If you are stubborn, then you close yourself off to change.
By-line: This guest contribution was submitted by Katheryn Rivas, who specializes in writing about online universities. Questions and comments can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.