Every once in a while I get a negative comment to my posts. There are three kinds.
1. Well thought out, critical and fair commentary, worthy of a response.
2. “Flash” commentary, where the person was button-pushed by something I said, and is venting. I let these through if they are relatively coherent and don’t say anything obviously inflammatory.
3. Semi or non-coherent responses or blurty “all homeschoolers suck and so do you!” comments. I just delete those. I believe in free speech, but I don’t have to let people into my blog that are drunk or insane. “I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.”
So, today, I let a comment through, but decided not to respond to it. It’s at my Real Cons of Homeschooling post if you’re curious.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who gets these kind of responses. What happened to Annette is why I don’t engage in conversation with authors of negative comments who are venting. She let it get to her (which I have let happen to me many times, I must admit). If the person is really interested in what I have to say, there is a blog full of posts available to them. I’m 99.9% sure that whatever their critique is, it’s on my blog somewhere.
I seriously don’t mind engaging in true back and forth conversation. And I love a debate. But there’s a point where it’s not a discussion at all. And I’m simply the most convenient punching bag. No thanks.
That said, I do believe that people have the right to have their opinion. And I also think of these kinds of comments as a good impetus for critical thought – “If this person were to actually listen, what would I say?” and, “Have I written a post about this topic yet?”
Do you get negative feedback on your blog? What do you do with it?