Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Paperback's Pondering's: Swearing in My Posts
I came up with the idea for this post literally about 5 minutes ago, when I was about to put "f*ck" in a review and immediately changed it. This has happened to me many times before. I immediately know of the perfect swear word to describe what I'm feeling, but then I change it to make it kinder. And for what reason? I know that most people reading these posts are teens, and it's no secret that teens swear. I definitely swear in real life, so why am I so scared to put them in my posts?
I think there's a long-perceived notion that swearing= unprofessional, which is kind of true. You probably won't get the job if you're dropping the f-bomb 20 times in your interview. However this blog isn't my job, it's my hobby, and I'm thinking that I'm watering-down my content to make it more "professional" which really isn't me.
The choice to swear obviously lies in the person. Some are comfortable to swear in their posts, and others just don't or just censor a few letters. But the strange thing with me is, that I want to swear, I just choose not to. So why am I not using my choice?
I guess I just care too much about the what if. I put my blog as a reference on my University application, so I guess I'm just afraid that they might actually log on here and find me too childish for swearing all the time. But it's highly unlikely that they'll even come on here and see my posts.
So from now on, I'm going to try to embrace myself and start swearing a bit more in my posts. That sounds a bit weird to announce, but again, I just care too much that people are going to be weirded out if they suddenly see me swearing my posts. Now I don't swear a ton, and I definitely do not, say offensive, racist, or sexual words, but the casual *this book fucked me up* every once in a while might come up. It's worth noting.
I think with swearing, it's a damned if you do, damned if you don't. You can get called a goodie two-shoes for not, or be called unprofessional for doing it. But the thing is, that it is all acceptable. If you don't feel comfortable swearing, that's ok. If you do, that's ok too. And I think that's something that I need to realise for myself too.
So people, if you want to express your emotions by proudly using some colourful language, go right ahead! I will be right with you! And if you don't, then there are many other ways that you can express your emotions too.
What do you think? Do you swear in your posts?
Emily @ Paperback Princess