I love comments. So much at one point in time I tried creating challenges to get more comments on our site and some other sites. Getting into discussions, learning new things about someone, having fun. To keep it all safe from spam I employe a few plugins instead of spending all day deleting spam comments. But what happens when a reader makes comments that you find not very nice?
That’s what today’s Yakkety Yak is about…respecting authors with your comments. Let’s give an example:
We recently had an author on the site for an interview and a review of her book. Nothing new, but we opened our doors to this author and expected her to be a guest here. A reader comes along and writes a very rude, cryptic comment that left me offended and embarrassed that the author was treated this way. I debated long and hard on it. Consulted Sophia Rose and got some background information. Then I decided to delete the comment. Yep, delete it.
So is that a wrong thing to do? Everyone has an opinion, right? Well, I draw the line at being rude and nasty to an author. I don’t care if you don’t like their book, cover, characters or the dress they are wearing, you keep it respectful. You can word you comments in a way that don’t outright attack the author. This is the first time I have outright deleted a comment.
At Delighted Reader we respect authors. We may not like their books, but we don’t bash them as a person. We may not like the cover of their book, many times I haven’t, but I don’t attack the author for not doing a better job. I say what I don’t like or what confused me and make it constructive rather than destructive. But but but…I do not go out saying horrible things with a mic drop ending to it (yes, the comment included a mic drop ending). Well, the mic drop is the end of it and I well….deleted the comment. *Mic drop*
Do I feel great about doing this? No, absolutely not, but in the end I will protect the image I want portrayed about my blog. Hint: it’s MY BLOG. I feel bad as it was their opinion, but then again, as my mama said “If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything.”
So please don’t take this that you can’t disagree with me, because that is not my intent. I want comments. I want people to disagree with me. I want the discussion. But it has to be civil and in no way a personal attack.
Keep the comments coming! And I will keep responding. We will have wonderful discussions and so much fun!