The Dangers of Blogging!

I was pleased to see that todays assignment is a free write, because I have had something on my mind for a couple of days now and I really wasn’t sure how to approach it. A few days ago a fellow bloggers wrote a piece on ‘Open Mic Nights’ a phenomena that is becoming increasingly popular in my hometown.  He used the piece as an opportunity to vent his spleen in what was perceived as an attack on ‘Open Mic Nights‘ and their comperes.  The problem is that the piece was an opinion piece and clearly designed to generate discussion.  Boy did it do that!  I don’t really think that that the writer anticipated the kind of discussion it would generate. Unfortunately the discussion was interpreted by some as an attack on certain individuals who host Open Mic’s around our area.  It wasn’t immediately clear that he intended a follow up piece in support of the events.  Before he managed to publish his piece he was subjected to a torrent of abuse and personal attacks, not just on his comments page but also by e-mail.  Although he did post a follow up in favour of the events the next day he was accused of writing the second piece in an attempt to pacify his attackers.  I was saddened by this as I know the writer personally and I know that he is a massive supporter of the local music scene.  His WordPress site  exists solely to advertise, support and review local gigs and artists.  I suspect that this article and the response it illicited has harmed his credibility with many of the artists and promoters who are influential in the local music scene.  I do hope that a temporary increase in traffic driven to his site by the article doesn’t in the end harm his site. The attacks on the article writer had me thinking about my own writing.  By coincidence I had an evening out last night and a friend informed me that some of my own articles had been noted by others and that they could lead to difficulties for me at a later stage.  Initially I was a bit annoyed by this as the articles were picked up via my private twitter feed.  My feed does not identify me as a member of the organisation I attended nor do the posts relate to that organisation but the message was passed to me that “I should be careful about posting articles which are controversial”.  This was a clear reference tony recent posts criticising UK Government Policy in a number of areas, particularly with regards to the war in the Middle East and it’s approaches to welfare. I have given the issue a lot of thought.  What came out of it for me was the fact that opinion pieces are likely to provoke strong responses, that they can be controversial and that people in influential positions may take a dim view of your public writing. What also came out of my thoughts is that I will not be cowed, if I see something as an injustice I will speak out.  I will not be silenced.

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About The Sound of Summer

Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

7 thoughts on “The Dangers of Blogging!

  1. Jim woods

    Your opinion is a valid as anyone’s. He who speaks loudest believes his opinion is best. Continue to give your opinion. Danger always comes to those who bravely put their head above the battlements.

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  2. kaygy

    It’s really nice of you to support your friend. And I believe in freedom of speech and opinion, we have the right to write about what we feel. And I agree with you, you will not be silenced!

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  3. joyroses13

    It is sad how our opinions can be attacked, and that is a risk you take, but I applaud you in not giving in. If you feel the injustice and the need to speak out, definitely do it! Good post!

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  4. gigsandbandsdotcom

    A very interesting Piece by AW here.
    We have a choice – go along with the herd or stick with what we believe. Sure it’s not always comfortable but I hope we’ll sleep better as a result

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