Opinionated Bloggers vs. Subjective Journalists

Even though blogging as a profession has been around for a few years now, there is still an ongoing debate over the etiquette a blogger should use when constructing an article. Should bloggers remain journalistic with their content, or be as opinionated as they feel necessary? Whichever method you subscribe to, I think it could be an important practice to explore a little bit of both.

Reaching conclusions based on your own experience and personal preferences can be a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it. But making that decision for your own blogging purposes can be a tough call to make. This is your professional presence we’re talking about.

As we continue to turn to web-based publishing as a viable option for sending information to people, creating accessible resources and making a profit, it becomes more necessary for us to apply certain standards and expectations around the online publishing industry. In part, the merging of traditional journalism into the world of blogging and online publishing has raised some important expectations around what a writer should do and how they should behave.

Aside from legal issues surrounding unconfirmed statements, misappropriated quotes and a link referral process that can send you around in Internet circles, such discourse has caused the online publishing industry to split into different families. The journalistic process is one that is being more readily applied to bloggers’ style, and this has been an ongoing trend for some time now.

Whether or not this takes away from the opinionated nature from which bloggers arose is another question. The matter of holding people accountable for their online content is an attitude that has swelled over the years, changing the very expectations of readers. Determining which method you would rather subscribe to is a matter of personal and professional choice, though there are some things to consider.

Even if you decide to be the type of blogger that expresses their opinion to the fullest, there is still the matter of that opinion’s origin. How did you reach the conclusions you made, and how do they relate back to your own experiences? Are you, in fact, jumping to conclusions or have you thought out your article topic to the fullest extent?

There’s really only one way to find out. Write about something you’re not entirely familiar with and see what your audience says. The feedback they provide can help you hone in your research for a given topic, and give you an idea of how well-received your conclusions really are.

Being a writer means that a level of creativity is present in your work. Building upon your innate creativity sometimes means stepping outside of the box. Make new content based on topics that you don’t know backwards and forwards, and jump to a conclusion every now and then. You might be surprised where you land.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that a practice or personal blog would be a good way to start branching out. This, along with the other ways in which we now have to verify content from bloggers, is enabling a new form of publishing content.

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