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How to Handle Negative Blog Comments

Brooke Wolford

By Brooke Wolford

I recently received a really negative comment on one of my YPN Lounge posts. When I first received word of the comment, I was really taken aback. It seemed as if the person who commented had some personal issue with me.  I was honestly very offended.

I debated over the weekend whether or not to address the individual who wrote the comment.  Being the person that I am, I would normally address the person directly, in a professional manner. I could explain that I understood this reader’s opinion and not everyone feels the same way about this topic.

I never expect that everyone is going to like what I write or that they even understand where I am coming from.  I completely understand that things of this nature could and will happen.

If I could give any advice to those of you who have a blog, I would say allow the comment to be published and address the comment directly on the post. I think this will show your readers that you have some class and that you can be professional when dealing with less-than-pleasant people or those who simply disagree with you.

Don’t get offended by how others feel.  You can’t force anyone to understand your perspectives or opinions.  Cherish the fact that what you have written has caused someone to be passionate enough about it to debate the issue.

Brooke Wolford is a real estate practitioner with Coldwell Banker Burnet in Woodbury, Minn.  Follow her blog at adventuresinrookierealestate.com.

Comments
  1. Nobu Hata

    Amen!

  2. The old adage remains true – people are watching how you respond to adversity. That is the true measure of who you are and a negative blog comment is just another chace to shine.

  3. Hi Brooke! Negative comments are no fun – totally with you there. Make sure you distinguish if there is any substance to the comment before beating yourself up. I teach and therefore get evaluated a ton and the negative comments/feedback always hurt initially, and I beat myself up more than most, but you have to let it go … Sometimes, there is something to be learned from the comment. Other times, people are just mean for no reason. The latter can be ignored and (eventually) laughed off. Chin up! You rock :)

  4. I think I stopped noticing negative comments years ago. The blog is mine though if I don’t like a comment I can delete it

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