I’ve received a few negative comments lately. There are people claiming that I’m biased towards companies because I’ve written a single piece on a company they don’t like, and others claiming that I don’t know what I’m talking about because I have a different view to them. There have also been the odd troll comments.
At first I thought it was going to really bother me, and it did the first couple of times. I would rant at my husband once our daughter was in bed about how people could claim some stuff.
After the first two or three though I decided to stop letting the negative comments bother me. You know what I do instead? I laugh them off.
Negative Comments Are Going to Happen
When you write on a consistent basis, you’re going to get negative comments. Not everyone agrees with you, and some people simply like to knock others down. It’s simply something a writer has to expect.
The trick is to looking out at the type of negative comments you get. There are a few different types:
- Those who disagree but give their reasons. They don’t attack the author but just put their point of view across.
- Those who disagree and attack the author because of it. Some of these use derogative terms to get their frustration across.
- Those who have a different point of view or don’t have much knowledge in the subject, but think they do. They then attack the author.
- Trolls who just like to cause a stir.
- Those who have constructive criticism (although I don’t find that happens much in comments).
That’s not all of them—and I can’t think of them all right now.
What to Do With Negative Comments
So, what should you do when there are negative comments? This will depend on the type of comment.
I’ve started ignoring a lot of them. I’m too tired to argue and explain my point of view—that’s what the post or article is usually for. If someone is going to personally attack me, I get rid of the comment.
Troll comments I just delete too. This is the best way of dealing with trolls. They want people to pay attention to them but that makes the situation worse. Try not to take the comments to heart—that’s their way of getting more attention.
When someone has a valid reason for their point of view, it can sometimes turn into great conversations on your blog posts. I don’t class these under the traditional negative comments. I like to debate and interact. It’s great for the search results too, since Google sees that that page is getting a lot of hits and starting conversations.
Never Take Negative Comments Personally
There are some people who are downright mean. I don’t understand why they bother commenting, but it’s part of being a writer.
One thing I really want to point out is to never take the comments personally. Yes, that’s what they want you to do.
What do you do about negative comments? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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