Day 14 #NHBPM – Advice for dealing with negative feedback in your community

We end the 2nd week of National Health Blog Post Month with a topic that I am lucky not to have too much experience about.   I am to give advice with negative feedback.

To start, I have only been doing this blog for a short time.  So far I haven’t seemed to piss of many people and haven’t really heard any real negative feedback.  No one has come after me for the things I have said and I have to say, I am lucky.  However, I know we live in a cruel world and one day I will get the negativity.  It is just a fact of life.

So how will I and how should you deal with it.  Well, for starters, read it.  When you finish the comment, read it again.  I say this because not all negative feedback is bad.  We look at something different from our views as negative.  So, read the comment and try to be in that persons shoes.  Try to see where they are coming from.  Sometimes a negative comment just comes from pent-up anger and the person needed to vent, but took it out on you.

Stay calm.  Don’t get all worked up over it.  If you get feedback on your blog, remember you control the blog.  If you truly don’t like it, delete it.  I have had some difference of views in my comments and I leave them.  I want my readers to see the whole picture, not just my views.  I don’t know everything and if someone has better advice, then let them share it.  I may not agree with it, but I can understand it.

Now you might say, what if it is something really bad, something hurtful?  Well, that is a whole other story.  I know some bloggers that have gotten hate sent their way.  They were personally verbally attacked for no reason and the commenter was clearly wrong in what they are saying.  For this I say, take the high road.  Don’t give in to them.  Delete their comment and if they persist, report them.  And if it gets to the point where you think you might be in real danger, call the authorities.

Hopefully, no one gets real physical threats.  After all, we are just trying to share a part of our lives here.  Honestly, if you don’t like what I am writing, then don’t read it.  You have that choice.  Always remember that the blogger is here to share a story and try to help others.  Negative comments take away time and energy from that purpose.  So let’s keep it clean out there and remember that we are one big happy family and we need each other for support.

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