In addition to having a potty mouth, I'm pretty hot-headed. It's not a great combination for functioning in polite society. While picking weeds out from under the tomato plants, I pinched my fingers between two rocks. I commented on this loudly, in such a fashion that my dad informed me that further words of this type would result in a soapy tongue cleansing. I apologized, but not ten minutes had gone by before I dropped the garden hoe on my foot and yelled "DAMN it!!" at the top of my lungs.
My dad silently put his garden tools down, marched me into the house and washed my mouth out with soap. It didn't do any good. I learned to use my inside voice, but the satisfaction of a good curse was born and has stayed with me to this day. My blog is my little piece of Internet home, and I have no interest in censoring it. So if the occasional four-letter word scares someone off, f**k it - I write for myself first.
As for other blogs, swearing has never stopped me from reading someone's blog and often endears them to me, because I like the honesty of their voice. Of course you don't need to swear to be authentic, but I click best with people who have a snippy sarcastic side, and naughty words tend to signal someone I'm going to enjoy getting to know. Overly smiley, positive people kind of make me want to smack them, and I associate someone who never swears with someone who asks people if they have a case of the Mondays. Not good.
Like veganism, there are degrees of swearing avoidance. I draw my swearing line at profanity, which I define as using "Jesus Christ" in any situation other than worship. At best, I think these comments are disrespectful to many people, and at worst, downright sacrilegious. I don't put OMG in that category, obviously (see previous post!).
I'm also starting to watch my language in front of S. She's 13 months old and just like my dad, I don't want to hear "what the hell" come out of my baby girl's mouth if she stubs her toe! It's not cute, it's trashy. I'm not overly concerned with being ladylike in general, but I do know the rules and am capable of behaving very nicely when required. I expect the same from S. and will teach her manners accordingly...swearing not included.
This topic came to mind courtesy of Mama Kat - her linky's here.