“If no one hates you, you’re doing something wrong”

This is a quote from a recent post on Copyblogger. Do you think that’s true? While I agree that you can’t water down your content so much that no one will ever take issue with it, stating firm and well thought out opinions does not have to be offensive. As Brian quotes in his article, Tim Ferriss said in a recent interview on ProBlogger,

Do not try to appeal to everyone. Instead, take a strong stance and polarize people: make some love you and some hate you. Hate is an extreme, but here’s the gist: what you write, in order to create the highest pass-along value, needs to be “remarkable”. Is it something that is worth remarking upon?

I agree with Tim that being “remarkable” is important, however why must anyone be offended because someone takes a strong stance on something and holds a different opinion that they do? Of course, there are those who try to be offensive just to drive traffic, and I don’t understand that either.

Here’s my appeal to you:

  • If I happen to take a strong stance on something and you disagree, tell me about it in the comments- I’m interested in your opinion.
  • Be nice as you express your opinion here or on any other site, and I’ll do the same.
  • Let’s not turn into jerks just to drive traffic. It’s not worth it in the end.
  • Let’s try to remember the lessons we learned in kindergarten: be nice, share and try to get along with others.

Tell me what you think. Am I just being too girly and naive? Are we really not successful unless people start to hate us?

Stay tuned- the next post contains some big news!