Opinions are like mouths – we all have one – and unfortunately, some people don’t know how to keep their negative opinions to themselves. Perhaps they have never heard the old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all,” or maybe they are just genuinely unhappy people and get pleasure in trying to knock other people down. For whatever reason people are negative, if you start up a blog and allow comments on your page, you open yourself up to criticism and scrutiny. The trick to surviving these negative comments is learning how to deal with them and not letting them wear you down.
Alright, so you log on to your blog one day and see that there are one or two, or even a handful of bag blog comments. Upon reading these bad comments, you may feel as if you have been hit with a sucker punch to the stomach. While your initial reaction may be to respond with a heartfelt reply, telling those nay-sayers where they can put their words; don’t. After you read these negative comments, take a deep breath and let the initial shock wear off before you retaliate. Walk away from the computer and take some time to reflect on the comments. Try to understand why such comments were made. Formulate a response to the comments. Once you feel ready, approach your blog and write a response to the negative comments. Don’t write a banter-filled comment; instead, compose a comment that is intelligent, articulate and addresses the negativity in a positive way. For example, you could say something like, “I’m sorry that you feel that way;” or “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and now that you have shared yours and we have heard it, I would like to share mine and hope that you will hear it.” Be eloquent. Be thoughtful. Remember that you have other readers, aside from those negative Nelly’s, who will be waiting to see how you respond. If you respond negatively, you won’t only look foolish, you may actually lose followers. Don’t let Debbie Downers bring down your image and your business.
Although you have appropriately handled the negative blog comments, you may be left feeling a little worse for the wear. The truth is, you are a person and you have feelings; no matter how unjust or even downright sill the negative comments may have been, you may very well likely feel a little sad about it. Pick yourself up, brush yourself off and trudge forward. Remember that these comments were derived from just a percentage – a very small percentage – of your followers. You have a great following of people who respect you, value your opinion and hold you at high regard. Keep that in mind when handling negative blog comments and you will feel better in no time.
Despite all of the positives of owning and operating your own blog, there are some negatives that are associated with it; one of them being open to negative comments. If you encounter negative comments, just remember, don’t let cyber bullies get you down; you are better than they are.