This week, I’m once again joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…
How do you handle negative comments left on your blog?
So I might be lucky here but I don’t think I’ve ever had a negative comment on my blog. Which means I have no idea how I would handle them if I got one (and please don’t test me out by leaving one here…it’s really not something I want to experience!).
I would hope I would be able to respond with good grace and a rationale, reasonable comment but I don’t know if that would be true in reality. I do know that is how I have responded when people have picked up on errors in my posts etc., which if I’m honest I’ve sometimes thought were a bit picky and I have wondered if they were needed. I haven’t removed the comment though and I haven’t not responded. I’ve thanked the person for letting me know and moved on.
It does depend I suppose on what the negative comment was. If it was a disagreement over a book I’d reviewed I would argue my case I think, standing my ground over my opinion (because that’s what reviews are at the end of the day the way I write them – my personal opinion). If it was a personal attack then I think I would remove the comment because I don’t think anyone has the right to have a go at anyone else on a blog post.
You can argue / disagree with a sentiment but the person still has the right to their opinion at the end of the day…or you can just ignore the blog going forward (which might be easier than getting into an online fight that you potentially can’t then erase). These are my approaches to commenting anyways, and so far they have stood me in good stead.
What about you, have you had negative comments on your posts? What type were they (the posts and the comments)? And how did you handle them?