Please tell me... What is YOUR opinion on opinions:
How often do you share yours?
How often do you lets others' opinions of what you should or should not do actually dictate what you do or do not do?
Do you or have you ever let someone's opinion of someone ELSE persuade you to share in that same opinion?
Is there someone in your life who is constantly giving you their [unwanted] opinion?
How often do you ask for another person's opinion?
Do you share your opinion without first being asked?
If you voluntarily bring up a topic - any topic - does that warrant that topic "open for discussion" thereby insinuating "Opinions Welcomed"?
Do you preface your opinion by stating first that this is just an opinion?
Whose opinion do you value the most?
If someone blogs THEIR opinion on their OWN blog, and a reader doesn't agree, do you think it is ok for that reader to comment on the post, revealing his/her own opinion? Or do you think it's rude -- or does it depend on the topic and how controversial it is?
Lately I've been getting a lot of opinions on certain things I should or should not do. A couple of times it has been because I have solicited it; I asked, "What do you think about....?" etc. And a few other times, I have been the one to bring up a topic and therefore the person to whom I am speaking gives their opinion in response. In MY Opinion - tee hee - I think both of those situations are merited. I brought it up, ergo "fair game".
And I tend to share my opinion more with those whom I am closer, and often times I will say, "In my opinion" or "take it or leave it... " etc.
I do think that there are some forums in which opinions should be left undebated. And even though it is our 1st amendment right to "comment", perhaps it is more polite that we simply respect the author's opinion and let it be. I find this mostly true with writing. Poems, journals, BLOGS!!! [hullo!], etc. I mean, if you don't agree, move on! unless... of course, i am ASKING YOU!
Personally, I don't have a huge problem with this. However, I have noticed lately a few of my bloggy friends will post about something, maybe to share or to vent to perhaps even to get an opinion or two. But then some reader comes along and basically attacks them, telling them that their opinion is stupid, or reading them the riot act, etc. I think that is just poor taste... in my opinion, hehehe.
I guess on the one hand, if you don't want to hear someone else's opinion on politics, religion, relationships, child-rearing, etc. then don't blog about it. On the other hand, "It's my BlogSpot and I'll Blog if I want to, Blog if I want to, Blog if I want to! You would blog too if it happened to you!" he-he-he-he!
p.s. Once, I submitted a recipe for a church cook book and in the directions I meant to put, "add onions and continue to stirfry with meat until tender". However, I must have had some sort of typo... because spell checker was on "auto correct" and switched the word "onions" to "opinions". The mistake wasn't caught until after the book was published and distributed. So, now the recipe calls for one to "add opinions and continue to stirfry meat until tender." Every time I open the book to that recipe, I always envision some not-the-sharpest-tool-in-the-shed housewife, standing over a hot stove, talking to the stir fry... "Mmm.... I think you look yummy!" ... or "you suck!" hahahahaha! opinions! hahahahaha!