I think it is pretty plain to note that the vast majority of us in the style blogging community – or heck, bloggers across the board – dislike less-than-complimentary comments showing up on a blog, whether it be to one of our own posts or to a blog we frequent.
Sometimes the comment is meant to be constructive and is there to correct a point. Sometimes it is there to offer a different opinion about a topic. Sometimes it can be pointlessly hurtful. But everyone has the right to their own opinion and it is totally acceptable that we don’t all think or feel the same way about everything. Right?
For each blogger – and let’s take sponsors and advertisers out of this scenario – it is really their own place to decide on the content of their blog and how things are represented. But does (or should) that level of control also pertain to post comments? (i.e., the place where readers are invited to voice their opinions and thoughts?)
I think we’ve all seen bloggers react in a wide variance of ways over negative feedback – some don’t seem to mind anything and leave every single comment (good, bad, other) up on their blog; others choose to call out their nay-sayers in future posts and potential turn them into blog fodder; others pretty much delete everything that sounds even remotely non-complimentary.
My personal take (solely based off my (in)experience as a part-time style blogger who likes to keep things light) is that I should leave comments as open as I can for each post. Sure someone may not like my shoes or think Christian Bale is stupid though who would think like that … but that’s their opinion and that is perfectly fine to me. Does it sting a bit when someone mentions that something I adore isn't the most flattering on me? Well, sure. Would I (or have I) deleted any comments before? Yes … random advertisers mostly, and the odd pointlessly hurtful hateful comment (because there are a load more reasons to dislike me in this world that for me simply being born asian - let's be more creative here, and let's get back to my sale haul).
So yes, for me personally, I don't like the idea of comment-sensoring so much that it is all unicorns and rainbows every single day. I also don't like the idea of calling out a comment, because I think it draws unnecessary attention to the negative - but if someone really decided to incite me one day, then who knows ...
Do you think post comments should be a "free" place? For you bloggers, do you determine if specific feedback isn’t “constructive” to your blog? And as a reader, what do you consider before deciding to comment?
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