The Great Debate

Journal Entry

Article by Wendy McCance

I don’t know about you, but I am a huge fan of writing articles that really evoke a strong emotion in me.  I think the best posts are the ones where I have a strong opinion about whatever subject I decide to write about.  I look forward to reading the variety of reactions after the article is posted.  I am not out to shock the masses or create massive controversy.  I do enjoy a little debate over the subject though.

What tends to surprise me the most, is when I get a comment and I just know the reader truly misinterpreted the message I was trying to express.  I never know when I write back to that reader if my explanation of my intention behind a particular article is explained in a way that the reader understands.  I am all for differences of opinion.  That’s what makes the world go round.  It’s just a bummer when I somehow haven’t been able to relate a topic in a way that is understandable to all.

One of the things I enjoyed most about having a blog is that once a subject is brought up, you have the opportunity to see what the general consensus is.  People who write their comment with a completely different point of view are the best comments of all.  It gives me an opportunity to stretch my way of thinking and get a much wider view of what is being discussed.

What a wonderful opportunity then to gain so much information and insight on such a variety of topics.  Blogging definitely has many benefits.  This just happens to be one of my favorite benefits of the whole process.

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Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 6 local papers online, including the Oakland Press.The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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11 thoughts on “The Great Debate

  1. Great post. There are those who have peripheral vision, and use this phenomenom in order to grasp the fullness of their surroundings. They are capable of seeing the full picture. There also those who only use tunnel vision, thus by-passing the relevance of the moment, resulting in clouded thinking. These are the ones who do not get it the first time around, and do not bother to visit that particular area, which would allow them to of re-connect, with what was there all along. Blessings.

  2. “But isn’t a strong opinion completely based on heart, passion, backbone and soul?” YES! The world would be such a boring place to live in if we all agree and think alike! Visceral responses are always interesting and challenging!

  3. Cathartic jounrnaling? I’m not really sure: it’s the purity of the message that matter a lot to me. I like stuff written with heart, passion, backbone and soul!

    • But isn’t a strong opinion completely based on heart, passion, backbone and soul? My writing isn’t anything more than how I see the world. It’s my authentic view. I think you must have the qualities you mentioned to be able to write so truthfully about your feelings.

  4. Thanks again. Interesting how the ‘title’ of your article mirrors the competitive exchanges we have been seeing in politics, yet the ‘content’ points to the value in learning from and embracing life by gaining knowledge and insight from diversity of perspectives and the reactions of others. You have been fortunate to gather an audience at a time when so many are competing in vain to be recognized and heard. Their personal reactions to your messages likely at times echo their own frustration in finding an audience to have their voice also be noticed and honored during these difficult times. I appreciate your authentic expression in words; and I continue to wish you well …

  5. Well, try not to take it too personally… There may be others like me who have difficulty reading and processing information at times. I have the bad habit of skimming or reading the whole thing quickly, so I could easily misunderstand the intention or reason for the post. I don’t get many comments, but I think it’s because of my topics and that I try to cram too much into a single post… making it too long. I enjoy reading your posts and use them as an example (meant as a compliment..LOL) so that I can learn to be more succinct. Elegance in simplicity. :D (That’s very difficult for me to do because my brain tends to jump around too much… sorta like a James Joyce Novel my friends say.)

    • Misunderstanding just comes with the territory. I actually thought to write this post after I had a comment from a new reader who truly didn’t get my last post about the reaction of people when someone dies and seemed a bit offended. Personally, I think you and I seem to see things similarly. Your comments seem to be an extention of the thoughts I’ve been having. Kinda wondering how many times I have written a comment and misunderstood the article myself. :)

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