The topic of negative comments is one that is close to my heart, and it’s one I’ve been eager to discuss on Hollaback. And I can tell you guys are t00 — we’ve gotten a lot of e-mails on the subject!
As someone who has been blogging pretty for nearly five years, I’ve seen my share of negative comments. My blog in college — a sexy, sorority girl blog — had journalism professionals asking for my head on a platter. The MSU newspaper staff referred to me as the “oft-mentioned ho bag” in their newsroom and took a lot of pleasure in coming to my blog just to say nasty things. I’ve learned through trial and error what works and what doesn’t and I’ve built up a pretty thick skin. (Which is probably why I didn’t piddle when people leave negative comments here or talk shit about me and Hollaback. You take a few comments at the ripe age of 19 about your “worn out vaginal chasm” and it alllllll gets easier from there.)
As excited as I was to get into this topic, I had already signed on to do a series of guest posts about negative comments over at Health Blog Helper, so I was waiting to share those with you. And I’m happy to let you know that the first guest post is now up and you should definitely check it out: Nine Ways to Avoid Negative Blog Comments.
Now, when I talk about avoiding comments, I don’t mean being a blogging puttytat. I mean being thoughtful with your posts, strategic with your blog, and confident in your point of view. It’s about knowing your readers, knowing your audience, and making sure you have your facts straight.
The next posts will cover how to respond to negative comments if you get them anyway and how to bounce back when they hurt your feelings. But check this one out for the time being! I think fear of negative comments is a major factor in bloggers not achieving their potential so I hope this leads to some good discussion and, ultimately, more fearless, fabulous blogging.