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Posted by on Jan 29, 2010 in Voted | 18 comments

Over opinionated?

Have you ever felt that maybe you are just over opinionated?

Do you find yourself having a “better option” or knowing “the correct information” for almost all things being discussed in public? Do you wonder why people who have jobs discussing news and current affairs don’t just phone you for your opinion because your opinion is obviously better than theirs?

Are you frustrated by so called “experts” getting the facts wrong? Are you considering changing your name to Mr. G. Oogle? Well if so I would like to give you some advice on your obvious problem.

You are over opinionated.

You are over opinionated. Yes, and that’s my professional opinion. You see sometimes people just get things wrong. Not all people read 40-50 news articles a day. Not all people discuss current affairs with informed intelligent people on blog sites that are often more factually correct than news sites. Not all people have Wiki, Google and blabla at their fingertips.

Is your opinion really that important? Do people really wanna know that you know more than them? Or do people resent that your opinion is better than theirs. How do people react to your opinion? Do they argue theirs back until you change yours? Or is your opinion cast in stone?

I was at a school meeting last night and there were a couple of interesting personalities there. The chairwoman has a serious opinion about what she is going to do, her way. She will listen to your opinion but do it her way in the end. Then there is the board member lady. She has the exact same approach. These two are gonna clash and it’s gonna be huge!

How do you get to your opinions?

How do you get to your opinion? Do you just say the first thing that comes to mind? Or does your brain go into research mode? When you give your opinion do you have fact, or reference to back it up with if challenged? Does your brain remember something you read or heard somewhere, and then activate your mouth? Or does your mouth beat your brain every time? Do you finish other peoples sentences for them? Especially when they are giving their opinion?

Do you sometimes tell people to just “go read my blog about this” or “you’ll read about this tomorrow”?

Being a blogger creates a culture of commenting on stuff you read all the time. Does this now carry into your daily life? Bloggers love comments, incoming and outgoing. Has this turned you into a social nightmare? Are you constantly fuelling an argument between people who obviously have no idea what they are arguing about? Do you TAG-TEAM with other people, who just also happen to be bloggers, during an argument? Do you look forward to those kinds of situations?

Do you need help?

Hi, my name is VOTED! When I want your opinion you can go read it at The BlaBla Blog or at VOTED!


  1. Wow this is really a great post, I know a few people like this and sometimes it really pisses you off.

    BTW your links at the bottom of the post is broken.

    • Thanks for the visit. I fixed the links also. The one just brings you right back here.

  2. In my opinion! everyone who has such a high opinions of themselves should be ignored and frustrated no end!

    • I see you have an opinion, thanks for sharing it!

  3. In my opinion, those people (obviously I exclude myself) just like to hear themselves talking. And it makes them feel important. And that their opinion actually matters. Gosh. I'm so glad I'm not like that! πŸ˜‰

  4. In my opinion, this is a really excellent post. πŸ˜‰

    I find that those who tend to try to force their opinions, solutions, ideas, etc. onto others without consideration of differing opinions tend also to be those with grave insecurity issues.

    But that's just my opinion!

    • I like your opinion, and I might use it on someone, if you do not mind.

      Thanks for the visit.

  5. (Sorry if this is not the best place for this comment..)

    I also wanted to say that, in my opinion again, whoever is playing the music in your offices has wicked good taste! Clearly you guys are going through a bit of an 80's Brit Pop phase at the moment:

    * Pulp – Disco 2000 (Extended)

    * Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro

    * Cast – Finetime

    * Suede – Animal Nitrate

    * Babybird – You're Gorgeous

    Kinky Afro! What a brilliant tune!

    • Sorry can not hear you, the music is very loud!!

    • That's all my influence John. And in my opinion, you clearly have excellent taste in music.

  6. I can appreciate this post. In fact I do. A lot.

    That’s because I am one of those with strong opinions on things. And I have no problem in letting others know that my opinion is different to theirs. I have even been referred to as an “opinionated bastard”; whatever that is.

    But I think what makes me a little different from the rest (your PTA chairwoman for example) is that I will tell you my opinion on a subject, once I’ve heard yours. If these points of view differ hugely though, I am not going to shout you down, force my thoughts on you, or even try and persuade you to change your mind.

    No. As far as I’m concerned, once I’ve politely shared my opinion with you, you get to decide for yourself whether you want to accept it and concede that you were wrong all along. Or you could decided to ignore the blatantly obvious solution (my opinion, in other words) and continue to live in your blissful ignorance.

    It really is your choice. But in my humble opinion, you’d be an idiot to disagree with me.

    • Having an opinion on absolutely everything is fine, forcing it on everyone around you is not.

  7. Oh yeah – re the point about getting together with other bloggers… I'm not certain that I've ever done that sort of thing online, but offline I definitely have.

    In fact just recently I got together with a mate and we collectively ripped shreds into a hypocritically racist family member of mine for a while. It was a lot of fun.

    • I am sure it was, pitty I was not there, sounds like my kind of conversation…..

  8. i am not bossy – i just have better ideas

    and opinions – obviously

  9. Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

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