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  1. Ryan Biddulph
    July 7, 2017 @ 2:44 pm

    LOL Elvis on that sign off! I swear here and there because I am being me, thru my blog, and the real Ryan Biddulph (in addition to writing about himself in 3rd person) does in fact swear. If it feels natural, run with it. My wife drops curse words too sometimes. Because it is a natural thing for us. Sometimes, meaning, pretty infrequently.

    But I also work in low brow humor sometimes so my audience is used to this; today I wrote about being knee deep in Arkansas Steamers and made reference to cleaning toilets at a Long John Silvers after “Big Catch” Special Night.

    Look at Gary Vee. He curses so naturally and seamlessly that I don’t even hear the curse word. He is AUTHENTIC so you don’t even give it a second thought and I feel pretty much like I am in his authenticity ballpark, from my blog to my Facebook Live and Periscope videos.

    I have no fear of cursing or what people think in response to my cursing so it is no prob for me or my readers. The issue arises when bloggers TRY to curse. The second it ceases to be a natural, effortless act, then the problems arise.

    Cool post 🙂

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    • Elvis Michael
      July 7, 2017 @ 3:44 pm

      Haha, good to see you as always, bud 😉
      Gary Vee is hilariously authentic, which is something i’ve always appreciated about the guy. As you said, don’t TRY to force anything. You nailed it…

      I personally curse like a sailor in my day-to-day life. However, I generally hold back on Listiller since it feels more natural to keep things clean here. But I DO have just as much fun relying on sarcasm, so it’s a win-win 😉

      Thanks for your thoughts! Always, ***always*** appreciated,
      Elvis

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      • Gail Gardner
        July 10, 2017 @ 12:57 pm

        While it is true that Gary gets away with being profane, it is also true that his videos can’t be shared to many audiences because he can’t seem to keep the swearing out of them. It appeared that he made a real effort to do so in some videos, but just one swear word and I can’t use those videos in any content I submit anywhere.

        You are limiting your audience by swearing. You are limiting how many can share what you create. Thanks for the warning – I’ll have to be VERY careful not to ever automatically share your content. And would have to carefully read your any individual piece of content before I could consider sharing it.

        People swear. I get it. And if you do it in an informal setting around friends or when life jumps up and bites you, that is one thing. But what we put out there professionally, we have time to edit. And having a higher standard for what we do won’t limit your older or more moral audience unless young people really do only read and share if profanity is used.

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        • Elvis Michael
          July 10, 2017 @ 1:37 pm

          Yup, you’re absolutely right about the potential for fewer shares, as indicated by some of the people in the article. It all comes down to the audience you’re serving and whether one is willing to (potentially) give up extra shares and engagement in the process.

          Superb thoughts, thanks for dropping by, Gail!

          Elvis

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  2. Gaurav Kumar
    July 14, 2017 @ 4:13 pm

    Hi Elvis,

    I swear that where I feel the need of it, I go for it in a natural way.

    I must say that it depends up on what kind of blog you are running and also what type of customers you are targeting. Sometimes geolocation also matters.

    I do not curse people, but if it brings humor or makes the reader feel the natural talk, I use it.

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    • Elvis Michael
      July 16, 2017 @ 11:52 am

      Fully agree (especially on entertainment-based blogs) 😉

      Thanks, Gaurav!
      Elvis

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  3. Dennis Muigai
    July 17, 2017 @ 7:17 am

    Hi, Elvis. Thanks for including my contribution, it’s such an honor.
    This post rocks!
    Glad to know that I am not the only one who appreciates a little profanity from time to time.
    All the best Elvis, and keep up the good work you do for us on this website.

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    • Elvis Michael
      July 24, 2017 @ 10:51 am

      Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts, Dennis. Agree with every word!

      Enjoy your week, buddy, and all the best.

      Elvis

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  4. Patrick
    July 20, 2017 @ 6:49 pm

    This article is right in that it all depends on your audience. You wouldn’t want to use profanity where it isn’t conducive to your message. Thanks for the post, Elvis.

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    • Elvis Michael
      July 24, 2017 @ 10:43 am

      Thanks Patrick 🙂

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  5. Louis Martin
    July 25, 2017 @ 6:24 am

    Thank you so much.

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    • Elvis Michael
      July 25, 2017 @ 4:24 pm

      Likewise, Louis!

      Elvis

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  6. Susan Velez
    July 25, 2017 @ 9:29 am

    Hi Elvis,

    Great read and personally, I love reading blogs that have the courage to throw in a cuss word or two every now and then.

    This doesn’t mean that I would want to read a blog post that is filled with them. However, personally, I think that it makes the blogger seem more real.

    I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with using a cuss word every now and then. I think I may have used one on my blog before.

    Of course, it does depend on the type of blog and audience that you have.

    Thanks for introducing me to some bloggers that I haven’t heard of. I’ll be sure to spend some time reading some of their blogs.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan

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    • Elvis Michael
      July 25, 2017 @ 4:23 pm

      Absolutely, it’s good to see you here Susan 🙂
      In the end, I tend to be very open and embrace multiple styles of writing and expression.

      And yes, each and every single one of these bloggers rock.
      Have a f$#&ing wonderful day!

      Elvis

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  7. Louis Martin
    July 31, 2017 @ 6:16 am

    great Post.

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  8. Benjamin Ehinger
    September 28, 2017 @ 6:40 pm

    A swear word is only a swear word if your audience takes it in that manner. Filtering or censoring yourself means there’s less of you in there. If you swear regularly, in everyday conversation, go for it on your blog.

    Of course, the answer changes if you have a business blog and a specific business reputation you need to keep. When the blog is attached to a business, I think swearing has to go out the window.

    I have seen both ways and you can tell when someone is trying to not swear, even though they normally would. However, my favorites are always those that sound like little old ladies and use words like heck, shucks and dog gone it because you know they probably say those same words in real life.

    Personally, I let a little filter in here and there, but no more than I would use in regular, everyday conversation. I am not catering to children on my blog and we are all adults, so if someone finds a curse word offensive here and there, they probably aren’t the right readers for me, anyway.

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    • Elvis Michael
      October 3, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

      That last part is extremely powerful, Benjamin. If you have the right readers (in this case, those who embrace a few words) then there’s absolutely nothing to lose. Otherwise? They can move on, as they likely landed on your content by accident.

      Awesome post, thanks for sharing 🙂
      Elvis

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  9. Tom George
    October 3, 2017 @ 2:22 am

    I kind of agree with what Olivia said.
    It depends on your audience and the type of blog you are running.

    A bit of those “special words” can be entertaining sometimes 🙂

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    • Elvis Michael
      October 3, 2017 @ 8:41 pm

      It’s all in how we use them, right? 😉

      Thanks for joining in,
      Elvis

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