I think given the fiasco over at Big Al's Books and Pals I think this is a good time for this blog post. (Go down to the comments and you'll understand if you haven't already heard. It's was burning through twitter yesterday like a wildfire.)
Blogs are way to express one's opinions. We can rant and rave about a topic or sing praise. But expression opinions can be a double edge sword. We risk offending someone or unintentionally hurting someone's feelings. It's not always meant but when you put your views out on the internet, you're bound to find someone who doesn't agree.
The safe bet would be just to keep our mouths shut. Only blog about 'safe' topics. That's a piece of advice for writers I have heard. Don't pick hot topics to discuss, you'll hurt yourself, drive readers away. I don't want to drive readers away but let's be honest. Not everyone is going to like my writing. Some people will hate it, maybe even devote their own blog post to bashing my words.
Hopefully, as long as I'm gentle about the topic, stressing that these are my opinions and I believe my readers are entitled to their own as well, the discussion that follows in the comments will be mature. We'll approach each other with open minds or agree to disagree. If not, if comments get too out of control... well, that's what spam filters and the ability to turn of comments come in handy. ^^;;