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What is not right to blog about

Always wondered where was the limit.
7 years ago, June 7th 2012 No: 1 Msg: #157314  
Hey guys,

I just publish a blog and I am not sure it was right to do so. I think what is making worse is the picture I use.

I am really wondering if it right to talk of every subject. Is there any subject I should not write about?

Well my blog is talking about soft drug. I am describing a transaction that is taking place in front of me. I have seen a million time worse in the past and did not wrote about it. I chose to do so this time because I think it is funny and unusual and I think I am using a soft approach.

However, I am still wondering if using a picture like I did or writing about those subject is right. I am thinking about certain culture where drugs are really not tolerated and I am thinking of age gaps. I am 25 years old. Some things I see and not as important to me as it is to my dad.

My opinion is that everything could be talk of with the right way and writer. Some people can talk of something harsh and we will laugh...

Anyway, let me know what subject you think we should not wrote about.

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7 years ago, June 7th 2012 No: 2 Msg: #157357  
I just read your blog and found nothing offensive or untoward about it. Medical marijuana is legal in California, though you are supposed to have a card signed by a doctor in order to buy it.

I have never heard of medical marijuana being delivered, but the US is an entrepreneurial country. Reply to this

7 years ago, June 7th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #157358  
Well, for what concern my blog, I am more worried about the answer of people around me... but that is another story.

It just made me think about that. Is there subject we should avoid writting about. Is there a limit.

Is there something you wouldn't be able to talk about. Reply to this

7 years ago, June 8th 2012 No: 4 Msg: #157402  
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Nicolas, I have a blog that ive published and reconsidered and saved and thought often of republishing it in some form because of a similar reason. I have a fondness for Botanicals and like to try ''local medicines'' for want of a better word in countries where its legal...even if there isnt an exact answer on the legalities of substances consumed by foreigners. Now blogging about it outright..and it was a hell of a story!...could have ramifications for me professionally - but - the experience was very much a travel relevant experience and perhaps, warning. I dont recommend everyone go try locals strange fruits and plants used for say shamanistic purposes and/or medicinal and rituals but im really sure theres more than a few people who would find it interesting.

Id love to know the answer to your question too.

The other blog I have issues with is a rant....it began aimed at Australian tourists in Bali (I am Australian) but I thought it may be too derogatory (Tam and Cockle I believe read it before I took it down worried I may offend someone) then after a recent stopover on the way home from Sumatra I got very annoyed at finding the Russian tourist....so I adopted the blog to have a rant at them too. Not specifically because they are Russian or Australian but because of behaviour and attitudes towards locals and customs. And the Eat Love Prayers - they are in my sights too. And pretentious vegans...LOL Look what you started! Reply to this

7 years ago, June 9th 2012 No: 5 Msg: #157414  
I think you shld go with what you'd mention at a dinner party that included family, friends and friends of friends. If it is a topic that could cause a stir but you have reasons for your opinions or something you viewed personally, then go for it, just write the same as what you'd explain and keep it constructive and give reasons for your opinions.

But at the same time i wouldnt want to hear what you ate on toast that morning, a detailed expaination of the gutting of a fish or what you got up to in bed last night lol!

Then again, thats the beauty of blogs isnt it... i can stop reading if i want and you shld be able to write what you think your friends would want to read 😊 Reply to this

7 years ago, June 16th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #157664  
Nick- what a great question.

One of the first steps in answering this question is to think about the terms and conditions you agreed to when signing up at Travel blog.

* The messaging system may not be used to Harass, insult or inflame.
* Please keep your language clean - this is a family friendly site, use common sense.

Your question is more specific to the topic of conversation not necessarily the tone or the vocabulary--- but they are linked in my mind.

Each person will have a different answer, tolerance or opinion to what they think or feel is appropriate.

I agree with Tam that you should be able to write what your friends and family would want to read providing you have followed the above criteria.

I like the fact that you are sensitive to those around you and are questioning if their should be limits to what you write on the Travel blog forum.

My personal opinion is that it is fine to write about your personal experiences and observations while traveling. They often make a good story. I read the blog in question and did not have a problem with it. I found it interesting.

I think email etiquette has taught us that it is wise to reread before publication--- to make sure you say what you mean to say and the way you are intending to say it.

Before hitting the send button on an email I always ask myself if I would be embarrassed or upset if the email ended up on the front page of a newspaper? I think one should consider that before publishing a blog. Many people read these blogs-- friends, family and strangers. If you are comfortable with your topic proceed.

I also think it is important to keep in mind that you are publishing on a Travel website. That may impact the content or subject.

Cindy brings up a fantastic point. I personally would not write about anything that could potentially cause me any personal problems professionally or personally. We are writing in a public arena. At times it feels like a close community but a couple of the blogs on this site have gone viral and you may suffer consequences.

There are some blogs that I've read that I have enjoyed because they shared their strong opinions. I prefer the ones that are funny. I don't care for the ones that are hurtful. I like the blogs that are descriptive, not mean. When in doubt......just be nice.

Enough rambling for now.

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7 years ago, June 19th 2012 No: 7 Msg: #157804  
Hi Nick, good question.... Don't comment on countries where the people are so over-sensitive they threaten you and your family... which is what happened to me when I wrote my impressions of Manila. I had over 100,000 hits (yes, mine went viral) and so many comments that I never intend to do so again.

And then there is the comment from the Binkley's... "just be nice"....... even when you travel in the real world and have interesting real world adventures, usually in places that are pretty awful (check out my stays in South Sudan and Afghanistan)..... be "nice" because the folk who usually post here are nice people and hate to hear anything that disturbs them.

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7 years ago, June 19th 2012 No: 8 Msg: #157810  

Hi Geoffrey,

I was hoping you would comment on this one and thought you might have some opinions. It sounds like your experience with your Manila blog has changed what you might write in the future.

I still think honesty is the best policy. If we travel someplace and see something that disturbs us we can tell a story about the event or place, being descriptive and yet being honest. Reply to this

7 years ago, June 19th 2012 No: 9 Msg: #157822  
I will be honest. I will write what I see and what I think of it whatever what the reaction I could get from the people involve. I wrote an article in french 3 years ago about people working in the french tourist industry and did not made many friends.

What I am a bit scare of, is the reaction of people I know at home. I work in a school inbetween my travels and I know many kids read what I write.

Anyway, I am not the kind of person to run after trouble and don't find myself in many weird or dangerous situation but will share my opinion if ask, even kore if you want to talk about Albania arghhh

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7 years ago, June 28th 2012 No: 10 Msg: #158120  

In response to: Msg #157402

Cindy, I don't think a blog can be too derogatory when it comes to Australians in Bali. I've never experienced it myself, but from what friends and other travellers told me, they must behave rather poorly. Something like Germans in Mallorca, or Italy, or Southern France, or Turkey. Or Spaniards in Portugal. Or Brits...in many, many places. Or people from the USA in Europe. And anywhere else.

I myself never mince my words when it comes to describing disrespectful Westerners who shouldn't be travelling in the first place, as they lack the most basic intercultural skills. They had it coming, so they shouldn't complain about how much you offended them.

Especially when writing about the poor behaviour of your fellow country people abroad should you not hold back. I would love to read that blog, might I encourage you to just go ahead and publish it? Reply to this

7 years ago, June 29th 2012 No: 11 Msg: #158138  

The other blog I have issues with is a rant....it began aimed at Australian tourists in Bali (I am Australian) but I thought it may be too derogatory...

I think if one is complaining about their own kind, then it gives you a lot more freedom to launch a rant. However, when I was in Bali, I stayed at Jimbaran Bay and only met one other Australian, who was not drunk, so I have nothing to base my rant on. However, if you do, then please publish!

I myself never mince my words when it comes to describing disrespectful Westerners who shouldn't be travelling in the first place, as they lack the most basic intercultural skills. They had it coming, so they shouldn't complain about how much you offended them.

I particularly love this about your blogs - I rarely do it, but did during my trip to Myanmar about the appalling behaviour of camera-wielding tourists during prayers at the Shwedagon Temple. I didn't name where the tourists came from, except for saying they were Caucasian. Perhaps, I should have launched a greater attack on them in my blog and at the time of seeing the incident - I'm still unsure about the blogging part, but am certain about speaking out against it if I witness such behaviour again.

For me, if I write something negative, there are three rules. First, I don't generalise. Thus the mother of all arguments I had with a felucca captain in Luxor only reflected on that particular person rather than all felucca captains. Same applies with a certain taxi driver in Kuwait City. Saying that I had problems with a particular taxi driver is better than saying that all taxi drivers in Kuwait City are bad - when this just cannot be true (as was shown afterwards) as you only need one good taxi driver and the statement loses credibility. Generalisations about a country and its people will usually get bloggers into dangerous territory.

There is a show on Australian TV at present, that Australians, in the eyes of Indians, are "Dumb, Drunk and Racist" (I do agree that a significant portion score two out of three). The producers have brought four Indians to Australia to form their own opinions (well, as much as a guided television show will allow). What is obvious from the series so far is that though these Indians believe there is certainly racism in Australia, it does not apply to all - again the danger of generalisations.

Secondly, if I blog about something negative, then I balance it with a positive, which has always been possible so far. India is a fantastic country and I wrote glowingly about it, but overpopulation, corruption and pollution is a huge problem. This is something acknowledged by many Indians I met in the three months there - so no controversy at all by writing about it in one of my blogs. Likewise, the Middle East is my favourite region on earth, but someone needs to be done about certain population centres looking like garbage dumps - sure this is a negative comment, but it is more than balanced by the positive.

Finally, if it is something potentially controversial, I am always measured in my comments. But that reflects me as a person, as I tend to soak in the positives of life and deal dismissively with the negative, unless I am provoked (but that is another story...). I can understand why people would not feel the need to be measured if something particularly upsets them, and I do not disagree with such rants when appropriate, but it is not a style that I utilise. Reply to this

7 years ago, June 30th 2012 No: 12 Msg: #158157  

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Very well said. Reply to this

7 years ago, June 30th 2012 No: 13 Msg: #158193  
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Thank you all...gulp.. I just published both of the blogs..one aimed at my observations of the Aussie in Kuta while having a ten hour stop over just people watching..the other aimed at..russian tourists. Yes, I have generalised, I understand the awesome value people like Tam and family can get out of Bali with kids, and that trip for retirees who really deserve their day in the sun..but not at the cost of the culture of bali and its place in the rest of the eyes of Indonesia. A hotelier sat with me in Manado and spoke of the shame one young sulawesi boy had bought to his family by moving to bali and becoming a ladyboy. One of my balinese students wanted me to publish this blog too, hes an ordinary guy from a good family who loves his home but understands the reality that its been sold out for the tourism dollar. I understand the ''science'' of tourism and how people feel its ok to engage in behaviour or dress not usually accepted at home but sometimes I just feel like banging peoples heads against walls..NOT. YOUR. COUNTRY. Have some respect for another culture. And i will also add that Indonesia itself needs to manage this problem unless it is happy to end up high density hotels with hookers everywhere. I should really shut up now and I do apologise if I have offended anyone but....i needed to get it off my chest :-) Reply to this

7 years ago, June 30th 2012 No: 14 Msg: #158198  
Cindy, I think there is nothing wrong with these two blogs. Others have said the same, for example have a read of this blog: What the bleep am I doing here? - where there are some very wise words.

"Mass tourism is a curse. It brings along cultural and moral degradation to the host country. Mass tourism is like a swarm of locust: it devours and leaves a trail of destruction in its wake...."

In response to this blog, I left the following comment: "Pandering to the excesses and vices of foreigners in pursuit of the almighty dollar/baht/kip/dong (or whatever the local currency is) might be beneficial short-term but inflicts terrible long-term damage. It is despairing to see mass tourism creating an environment that cocoons visitors in an artificial construct just to pander to their preferences, as such a path has damaged many traditional cultures."

Or in the words of Cockle from this blog: null blog 679098

"I’m getting fed up with these blasted places that tend to promote the worst excesses of what the human race has to offer."

I think responsible travellers do have a right to report on what they see is wrong. Some will word their thoughts more strongly, others are subtle - either way, it doesn't negate the right of people to have their opinions heard on the ugly side of tourism.

So in keeping with the theme of this thread, I do believe that this subject is right to blog about. Reply to this

7 years ago, July 1st 2012 No: 15 Msg: #158204  
Hey Cindy, just read both your posts and i have to agree completely with the bali one and australians 😞 We grimace and just tell our kids loudly that their behaviour isnt acceptable...although we've discovered if you stay out of the cheap cheap hotels you tend to not get complete drunken bogans.... more the upperclass ones lol!

I havent experienced a lot of russians in bali but did come across a similar experience at the Hard Rock in Pattaya with the drunken russian men in gstrings by the pool and belly's bigger than mine when i was 6 months pregnant! But i think thats what blogs are all about... what you saw, when you saw it... if it offends someone then that is perfect advice, they now know where not to go! Reply to this

7 years ago, July 2nd 2012 No: 16 Msg: #158263  
Cindy that latest blog of yours is proving popular - it has been listed on the Blog Treasure Hunt - June 2012 by someone other than a contributor to this thread. Reply to this

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