This week’s #bbloggersoz topic was – How to deal with negative comments? Some beauty bloggers have been truly blessed and have not received any negativity on their blogs (yet!)…but there are some bloggers who have received negative comments – which vary from constructive criticism to plain old nasty comments. The following is a summary of the Twitter chat but please remember, it is entirely up to you how to deal with negative comments – some people retaliate and some people walk away.
Thoughts On Negative Comments
I was devastated when I received my first negative comment but then you know you’ve made it in the blogging world when it happens!
If you’re putting your thoughts and opinions out there you got to kinda expect some negativity.
Don’t confuse negative comments with constructive criticism.
Constructive criticism addresses the post. Hate is ‘Why do you blog, you’re not as good as XYZ’.
If it’s negative blathering don’t take it to heart. If it’s criticism then think about it. People may not word their comments too clearly.
Bloggers should support each other not slag each other off, blogging is not a competitive sport.
I respect people that don’t agree with my opinions as long as they don’t attack me personally.
Haters will always hate. You can’t please everyone. Just believe in and love what you write about, be true to yourself 🙂
I also try to remember that the opinion of someone who is nasty for the sake of being nasty is not one I hold in high regard.
I’m not too bothered by negative comments on my blog. I just take it as part and parcel.
I also think bloggers shouldnt go overboard about negative comments. I saw this blog where the blogger dedicated an entire post to comment on 1 of her posts, so I felt that writing 1 entire rant post just because of 1 comment was making drama out of nothing.
Ways To Deal With Negative Comments
Laugh it off. 9 times out of 10, I know it’s probably something they would never say to my face anyway.
If a hater repeatedly leaves negative comments, block their IP address!
As per haters in real life, best not to react – that is their aim. If they see you rise above it, they know they have failed.
I always disregard anonymous comments. If you don’t have the balls to say it with your name, don’t say it at all.
It’s probably better to ignore haters / negative comments but it makes me feel better to lash out at them and stand up for myself.
Ignore is key. No matter where the comment comes from.
Delete the comment and move on, no time for negativity on my blog I’m afraid.
If it’s a personal attack at you or another commentator, delete it. Negativity should not be allowed to perpetuate on your blog.
If the comment’s down right mean, I’ll leave it there because it makes that person look stupid not me.
Bashers want you to react and usually stepping away for a few hours /days helps.
What do I do with a nasty person? Usually I bite back which is not the right thing to do, but it feels good at the time.
Moderating comments is useful if a troll is lurking on your blog.
I have received negative comments on my blog…in fact, I got a threat one time…but that’s another story. I was really upset for days…and I was tempted to quit blogging – but then I realised that is what the haters want. They want to bring you down! But I am growing a thicker skin and I refuse to let them destroy my passion for blogging.
I have also experienced negativity about blogging in general from my family and friends. Some of them think I waste time doing this as it doesn’t earn me money!!! Yeah, whatever!!!! I am entitled to do whatever I want in my free time and if blogging makes me happy, then so be it!
Here is a good acronym on HATERS = Having Anger Towards Everyone Reaching Success. Constructive criticism is welcome on my blog but nasty negative comments are definitely not welcome.
Do you have any more suggestions on how to deal with negative comments?