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  1. Theresa Leschmann
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    Very true. You can’t please all of the people all of the time. So why not please yourself.At least you can live with what you wrote.

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  2. Rebecca Livermore
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    Theresa, living with what you wrote — that is a great way to put it! One huge benefit I see to blogging is finding our own voice, and learning who we really are, deep on the inside. That doesn’t happen if we worry about pleasing everyone.

    As always, thanks for stopping by!

    Rebecca

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  3. Amanda Dollak
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    I stay true to myself always in my writing. I don’t go out of my way to offend others, but the truth is political correctness has gotten too far out of hand. Our world is full of differences. We learn much more from each other if we recognize those differences and try to understand them, rather than attempt to smooth them over and hide them from view.

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  4. Rebecca Livermore
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    Amanda, I totally agree with you here! It’s amazing to me how much control the PC police have exerted over free speech, and while like you, I try to be sensitive and not rude for no good reason, I do need to be able to write freely in order for my writing to be more powerful. This is something I’m growing into, little by little!

    Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Friday and weekend!

    Rebecca

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  5. Lisa
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    Some of the most successful writers and bloggers I know of have done it by writing what they know and what they want to change or have noticed.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Lisa, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. This is so true — I think blogs become successful when people write about what they know, and what is important to them. I think our writing comes across differently when we write with passion, and we can only do that if we’re writing from our heart and convictions.

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  6. Tamara McRill
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    While I think that writers should always approach their work thoughtfully and check their facts, I agree that worrying what people think hinders the process.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Tamara, you are definitely right here. We do need to strive to produce quality writing, which includes making sure that what we write is indeed true. (Though there are some things that are subjective, it should be clear that we’re just giving our opinion when that’s the case.) The hindrance definitely comes in when people are worrying about what people think, and trying to please everyone.

      As always, I appreciate your comment!

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  7. Shawn
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    I don’t think a person should set out to purposely degrade a group. However, a writer should have a solid point and stand by that point, regardless of what others believe. If a writer remains wishy washy in a topic, no one will care what that writer has to say.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Shawn, I agree with this because there really is no point to writing if what we write changes based on which direction the wind is blowing. However, part of this is a personal growth process, meaning that sometimes it takes time to get down to the bottom of what we truly believe about something. I actually feel that one of the benefits of writing is that it often leads to clarified beliefs. While that process is taking place, there may be some “wishy washy” stuff going on but that’s a lot different than being wishy washy because we are trying to please people.

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