In reply to the What Blogging Tutorials Don’t Tell You About Blogging post, Daniel’s comment brought up an interesting point.
He shared how he had a bad experience with a customer service representative and in trying to resolve the issue, he said, in part (to the customer service representative),
…. its up to you what I’m going to tell all my blogging buddies “about the great guy that helped me out …..when he didn’t have to” or “the total jerk who probably wouldn’t lift a finger for his dying mother even if his job depended on it.” Its up to you, what do you want?
He went on to say,
Amazingly, all of a sudden he found a way to help me out. Just with the threat of being blogged about…..
Daniel mentioned blogging has power. And it does.
If we choose to, we can blog about anything that happens in our life, including negative experiences. Some people name names, not only of the person who did them wrong, but even the name of a business.
Granted, there can be repercussions or even the possibility of a lawsuit if we share negativity, however once the “publish” button is pressed, the damage is done. For a business, this is the worse type of publicity even if they eventually get the post(s) taken down.
And what about our family members, friends or acquaintances?
What if we blogged about them? What if we shared in detail how “John Doe [fictitious name] was a jerk”. Or how “Jane Doe [fictitious name] scammed us out of money”.
What if we shared how a blogging buddy promised “xyz” in their e-book, but the e-book was a total sham. A waste of money. That the author is NOT and expert in their field and is selling a book full of “fluff”.
With a blog we could name names, share what we believe is the truth about someone else, and attempt to destroy their reputation.
Although most of us don’t, with a blog we can.
Blogs do have power.
How are you using yours?
Do you blog about bad experiences? If so, do you name names?
If you read a blog post and the author states how they had a negative experience with a person or business, are you apt to stay clear of that person or business, as well?
What would you do if someone blogged something negative about you, even if it was true?
Care to share?
P.S. In my travels through the blogosphere, I see how blogs being used mostly to share positive experiences. I like that.