It is a well known fact among bloggers that controversial posts generate more hits than non-controversial posts.
As a long-time blogger, I’ve often had to assess my motives at this juncture. I could say something in a less controversial way and get some people to read it. Or I could say the same thing in a more controversial way and get twice as many people to consider it. Which should I do?
Listening to National Public Radio on the way home from university the other night, a reporter said something that struck me and gave me new insight on this matter.
Here’s what he said:
“Controversy makes people think.”
Immediately I thought “Yes! Exactly! That’s a thought I’ve been needing to put into words for years.”
Of course it’s important that we understand the weaknesses of saying things in a more controversial way (and there are plenty). And it’s important that we use controversy thoughtfully and wisely.
But this is a huge part of why I still blog even after realising that controversy and blogging will always spend a lot of time together. Controversy makes people think. And that is what InFocus is about. Developing readers, thinkers, and theologians.
So keep an eye out! You never know what kind of controversy I might stir up next. [If using emoticons wasn’t a major violation of the manly blogger code of practice, I’d probably put a “;” next to a “)” right about now…]
Seriously though, that’s part of why I come out with the occasional controversial post.
And for what it’s worth, if someone says something controversial and it makes you think, don’t be afraid to put your thoughts in comments. Whether or not you agree with the writer, you will both likely benefit.