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This is a post by ProBlogger writing expert Ali Luke
You probably already know you should use “I” and “you” in your blog posts. But how do you use “he”, “she” and “they” in your blogging?
It’s an important issue, and one bloggers don’t always think about.
Let’s say you’re working on a blog post and you’ve got a sentences like this:
If you want to hire a blogger to write for you, it’s important that [PRONOUN] can provide you with relevant samples of [POSSESSIVE PRONOUN] writing.
Option #1: Use “He” Because It’s How It Was Traditionally Done
If you want to hire a blogger to write for you, it’s important that he can provide you with relevant samples of his writing.
Option #2: Use “She” to Make a Point
If you want to hire a blogger to write for you, it’s important that she can provide you with relevant samples of her writing.
Option #3: Use “He/She” to Keep Things Equal
If you want to hire a blogger to write for you, it’s important that he/she can provide you with relevant samples of his/her writing.
Option #4: Use “They”, Either as a Singular Pronoun or By Rewriting the Sentence
If you want to hire a blogger to write for you, it’s important that they can provide you with relevant samples of their writing.
Some of your readers may not identify as being either male or female. This can be the case even if your blog is aimed at a particular biological sex. (If you’re writing about ovarian cancer or prostate cancer, some of your readers may well be non-binary. You might also have transgender readers.)
The preferred pronoun for most of these readers is likely to be “they” (though there are other options such as “ze”), so using it as your all-purpose neutral pronoun makes great sense. That way you’re including all your readers: male, female and non-binary.
Why This Matters (Even Though It’s Your Blog)
A few weeks ago the he/she/they issue generated a huge discussion in the ProBlogger Community group on Facebook.
One of the views there was along the lines of:
It’s my blog. I’ll do what I like, and if readers don’t like it then I don’t want them as readers anyway.
Another view was along these lines:
People get offended too easily these days.
While I can understand those perspectives, I disagree with them.
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