Nine Ways to Avoid Negative Blog Comments

by Rachel on May 12, 2010 · 5 comments

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.

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MelissaNibbles May 12, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Looking forward to reading more!
I think just ignoring it is the best way to deal with it. Devoting a whole post to address one negative comment is something I’ve seen bloggers do and it’s a waste of a post. If you’re addressing a whole slew of negative comments or an issue where your readers didn’t agree with your point of view, that’s another thing. Devoting a post to one comment like, “you run too much”, is just a waste of time and energy.
.-= MelissaNibbles´s last blog ..Conversations With Kara… =-.

Dave Sandel May 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I just don’t care what people say. I enjoy the hate. lol

Kendra May 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I haven’t gotten any negative comments on my current blog, but I used to be more or less ripped apart by some on a blog I used to keep. I just decided that I didn’t care.
.-= Kendra´s last blog ..Me and My Scale… A Love Story =-.

Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 12, 2010 at 8:37 pm

So far no negative comments on my blog. I love your college blog though. I’m a nineteen-year old sorority good, but my vajay-jay isn’t out there for everyone to see 😉 haha.
.-= Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter´s last blog ..Shopping and Saving Part 1 =-.

Lisa May 12, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I’ve been lucky so far (knock on wood) that comments are positive on my blog. I have seen some nasty comments on other people’s blogs and they left me feeling icky. I wish people were just NICE to each other.
.-= Lisa´s last blog ..Pesto Delish Dish =-.

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