Can We Agree Not to Disagree?
It’s rare when everyone agrees on the same thing. We all have our own opinions and that’s what makes us each unique. As bloggers we advocate for brands we like and use our voices to make ourselves heard. Can we agree not to disagree? I don’t think so.
I myself have never received a negative comment on one of my blog posts. Do I feel fortunate? Yes. Do I expect never to receive a negative comment on a blog post? No.
I do, however, want to be prepared on how to handle a negative comment when I get one, so I asked the experts, Social Fabric® members, how they handle negative comments in response to their blog posts and this is what they said:
- Never respond while angry. Walk away, think about a rebuttal and then respond. ~Lena from Way 2 Good Life
- Leave comments that might disagree with your response to a product, but delete mean comments. ~Tiffany from Stuff Parents Need
- Turn the conversation around by thanking the commenter for their feedback. ~Heidi Clark from The Busy Nothings
- Delete comments with curse words and email commenter asking them to please refrain from using that type of language when commenting on your blog. ~Janet from Going Crazy!! Wanna Go??!!
- Just let it go. ~Randi from Dukes and Duchesses
- Stand by what you post! ~Lyuba from Will Cook for Smiles
- Kill them with kindness. This tactic usually turns the situation around and I sometimes get an apology out of the negative commenter. ~Kristin from Mama Luvs Books
- Ask friends to support you during a negative time by leaving comments on your post to defuse the negative ones. ~Diane from Turning the Clock Back
As you can see, everyone handles negative comments in a different way and each way is okay if it makes you feel good. Remember, you have every right to your opinion and you also have every right to be treated with respect.
Whitney from It’s Gravy Baby worked on a campaign for a brand where a commenter repeatedly attacked her, enough so that her feelings were hurt and she cried about it. She ended up writing one of her most popular posts called, “Dear Person Who Called Me Fat in Front of 5 Million People”.
She addressed the negative comment head on and found that afterward she could let it go and move on.