As with any blog, on occasion I have been the recipient of a rude comment or two. Thankfully, it seems that my readers on this blog practice civil restraint if they disagree with something that I’ve said. As a matter of fact, I don’t mean to brag but I think I’ve got a top-notch batch of readers at my blog.
However, on one of my other blogs, on occasion I attract a few people that for one reason or another like offering their opinions in a rather disrespectful manner.
Here’s how I treat rude comments:
- Modify the comment. When I say modify a comment, I never modify or alter the opinion being conveyed. It’s more like I will substitute more appropriate language. Being that this is a blog that discusses freelance writing, I know for a fact there are many ways to convey an idea without the need for profanity (Cyrano de Bergerac comes to mind).
- Blog about the comment. One commenter went on a diatribe about one of my posts. Rather than engage the person in an argument, I decided to write a post about it. In my subsequent post I addressed each of the disgruntled commenter’s arguments. The post was an open invite for additional comments and opinions, but for some reason, the angry commenter never responded and I never heard from him again. Go figure?
Although I never heard from “Mr. Angry Commenter” again, I did however hear from a whole new batch of people that who brought much welcomed insight and personal experience on the topic (can’t help but think about the Bible verse Romans 12:21 “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good”).
- Take a deep breath. Some acid-tongued commenters test my vow to never blog angry. Therefore, when I receive those types of comments, I take a deep breath and go for a walk before I respond.
- Use finger one of the three-finger salute. As a former tech writer, the three fingered salute is using the index and middle finger of one hand an the index on the other hand to depress the following computer keys: “Ctrl, Alt + Delete.” For those of you who are not familiar with the salute, depressing the three keys will shut down just about any jammed computer. Finger one in my case (no, not the middle finger), is the index finger that depresses the “Delete” key. If the comment is unsalvageable, I delete it.