No matter how cool you are, you’re going to run into people who hate your blog. You could be the nicest blogger, but for some reason, someone or a group of people will hate you and your blog. As you work hard to provide helpful information and write witty posts, you’ll run into questionable comments. What do you do? Do you delete comments left by these losers? If they accuse you of cheating on your income report, or not giving out prizes offered on your blog, what do you do? If they question the validity of your RSS subscriptions and just try to be all negative on your blog, what should you do?
Lately, i’ve been disappointed on how this country is run. But the thing i love most about this country is freedom of speech. Freedom of expression is our god given right. If we can’t express how we feel, we are not free individuals. I think truth comes out when there is dialogue. Instead of hiding or censoring the negative, you should combat it with a positive. I also respect the bill of rights. I love that we create rock hard laws, but we also know that changes times calls for the change of laws.
If someone leaves an outrageous comment on your blog, don’t delete it. Combat it with a counter argument of your own. I occasionally get these types of negative comments. They’re usually from random people who hate my blog. To be honest, it makes me mad. Why would this loser bother leaving a negative comment? Why not just blog about it on his or her own blog? That’s what i do when i hate a certain blog.
I thought about deleting these comments. But, after thinking it over, i think it’s best to keep it up. Wear it like a badge of honor. Don’t hide it. Counter it with a short reply to the blogger. Address him or her like the immature brat that they are. Don’t spend too much energy or time on and and just move on. I think other readers will get a kick out of that exchange and it shows that you have nothing to hide on your blog. It creates more trust with your readers. That’s why i try to be transparent with income reports or traffic stats.
I’m writing this post because i frequently visit sitepoint’s marketplace. I don’t just buy domains, i look for established websites to add to my portfolio. If i feel like a site has potential to make me more money, i’m usually on it like a money hungry vulture. I noticed a lot of negative statements in those auctions. Sometimes the seller deletes it. I’ve even had my comment deleted by these sellers. I don’t think it was negative at all, but i’m sure it didn’t help with the sale. When there’s any type of censorship, a red flag goes off. Something that could have been resolved with an easy reply, now makes me not want to buy that website.
Censoring shows weakness. If you have to be all shady and hide things, maybe i shouldn’t get involved with you or that website. Noob out!