How do you deal with negative or critical comments you receive on your blog? Do you delete negative comments? Do you post negative comments? Or do you mark the negative comments as “spam”? With WordPress, choosing what to do with negative comments is all up to you. Don’t you just love being able to moderate them?

I just received my first negative comments (three, from the same person). If you blog, and leave your comments section open, this will be an issue you’ll have to deal with.

So, how did I deal with negative comments? I posted them. These comments were mostly of a critical nature regarding my site, i.e how I should eliminate “terms of use” and “archives” , move my “related posts” section, how my links didn’t work, what was my blog about?….. ( I could create a link to them, but I said, “why bother?”)

Can we learn from our negative comments? Sure we can. But, also remember, that’s only one person’s opinion. Or, in my case, one person’s opinion, three times over. It’s no different than in life. Ask ten people, and you’ll get ten different opinions.

Should you let the negative comments “bother you”. Absolutely not.

To me, getting negative comments means my blog is being read. It has driven traffic to my blog. And….it also opened the door for me to write about another issue us bloggers face.

Remember, your blog is your opinion. You’re sharing what you feel may be valuable with others. Your blog may seem elementary or useless to some, but to others, it may be just what they’re looking for.

In my opinion, If I can help just one person with what I write, I’ve met my goal.

So, keep blogging, and be thankful for the additional comments and traffic.

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  1. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    man, how come i didn’t see this post. the related post thing helps.

    Should you let the negative comments “bother you”. Absolutely not.

    No we shouldn’t, but truth is, sometimes, words hurt and for me not to acknowledge that doesn’t seem real…

    it’s one thing to disagree with someone, it’s another thing to tear them down doing it. i don’t like it.

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  2. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Natural,

    Funny that you found this post…I forgot about it.

    Words can hurt terribly, and can affect us for a long time. Dealing with them is the best way to release the hurt.

  3. Interestingly enough, I didn’t get negative comments until one day all of a sudden, I got a bunch of nasty ones about a story I wrote when I made some decisions as a pilot that could have ended up killing me (and possibly others in the air). I was slashed to shreds with hateful, hurtful and nasty comments.

    I didn’t know whether to post them or not and then realized that I wouldn’t let those kinds of people in my house, so why would I let them rant and rave irresponsibly at my blog? They were deleted – some were spammed out of existence.

    It’s not that I don’t want people to disagree with me – that’s fine as long as it’s done with honor and respect. We deserve that don’t we?

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  4. JennaMNo Gravatar says:

    I delete any negative comment I receive that is unwarranted and lacking any critical insight. I figure that if it’s my blog, than it’s my rules. If someone feels like they want to attack me, I just delete everything they submit. After 2-3 deletions, they usually lose enthusiasm.
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