As bloggers, we all have a voice. Usually by reading as little as one post, you can tell what kind of "voice" a blogger has. Some blogs are full of sarcasm, some are serious, some use inappropriate language and talk about the dirty details of their lives, and others are very proper and keep it "professional." It's what makes each blog unique. But I think that there's a very fine line between being funny or sarcastic in your voice and being disrespectful.
Especially when approaching controversial topics, I think its important to keep other's beliefs in mind. If you are against something, or don't believe in something, there's obviously nothing wrong with that, and there's nothing wrong with sharing your opinion. But whether you're for or against a belief, I do not think that it is ever okay to be offensive to those with opposing viewpoints. There is a way to present your opinion without belittling others and mocking their beliefs. It saddens me to see people share their thoughts in a way that makes a joke of the beliefs that they do not agree with. It saddens me to see bloggers disrespect one another. Whether it is intentional or not, I think that it's pretty easy to tell if what you're writing could offend someone, right?
Just because you do not believe something does not mean you should mock what others believe. It's disrespectful, and sadly its something I've seen many times throughout the blogging community. If you choose to discuss deep and controversial topics on your blog, you have to consider all aspects. You have to be ready for people to fire back, and you can expect some to agree with you. Voicing your opinion is of course not a bad thing, but doing so in a disrespectful way is inappropriate in my opinion.
This also goes for readers. So many times I've come across a blog post flooded with negative comments. And sure, people will be nasty. It is the internet, after all. But as bloggers, people in the same community online, I think that we need to support and respect each other. Obviously you're going to come across things you disagree with, but there's a way to express this without being disrespectful.
Obviously, I don't make the laws of Blogland. There aren't really "rules" to blogging, of course, but there are things that I believe bloggers should abide by. It an amazing thing that we get to share our lives and our beliefs with each other, but in the end, if there isn't a mutual respect for each other and our beliefs, then is it really even a community?