Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for Offended

This month I'm participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. The theme I'm going with this year is writing humor. Follow along to learn more about the different ways to make your fiction, articles or blog posts humorous. 


It seems like everyone in our society is so easily offended these days. I wish there was a better balance. People would both choose their words with others' feelings in mind and also take what other people say with a grain, no, a giant heaping tablespoon of salt. 

Some comedians say if you're going to be funny you have to be prepared to offend someone. 

I have a hard time with that.

I, personally, do not like to use humor to poke fun at other people's beliefs, their disabilities or anything else that would make them fell bad or singled out.  

That's not to say you should be constantly worried about what other people are thinking. No, that'll just drive you mad. People will get offended about all sorts of things! 

One great way to avoid offending others is to use yourself as the punchline. Make fun of yourself. Point out your flaws and struggles. Direct the laughes your way.Then everyone has a great time!

So, what do you think? Do you think it's possible to be funny without making other people feel or look bad? 


  1. I like your idea of using yourself. Mocking others to get a laugh just isn't cool.

  2. I heard some people got mad at the tumbler site "reasons my son is crying" They thought he was making fun of his son. I thought he was cataloging toddler-dom perfectly. :)

  3. I think you can be funny and not make others feel bad. But I also think you can say something that could be mean but make it funny.

  4. I do believe it's possible to be funny without harming others. The only caveat to using ourselves as the punchline is that we don't get so caught up in that that we start to believe it. Definitely a fine line.

    Thanks for a thoughtful post today!

    Lyre @ Lyre's Musings #atozchallenge