I recently received a negative comment here on my blog and I was taken aback. I didn’t know what to do about it. I moderate my comments because I don’t want a bunch of spam comments going up, and so I wasn’t sure whether I should approve this negative comment or not.
Now, I’m not saying this person was negative in the way that they were disagreeing with me or something. No. This person was straight-up rude in their comment. Comments that disagree with me or an opinion I express, sure! Go for it! I love discussing even if we don’t agree! That’s great! That’s what discussion posts are for. To discuss differing opinions of a certain subject.
But this comment was just plain rude. Not cool.
This person was basically bashing me and my choice of books that I predominantly review on my blog. So…why are you reading my blog then? Or that particular post? That’s beside the point. The point is that this person was just plain old not being nice and I didn’t appreciate it. Remember that saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”? I think that applies to the typed word as well. I mean, come on. You’re really putting in the effort to go through the process of writing out a comment just to be rude? I don’t get people. Why not just be kind?
So. After humming and hawing on this issue, I decided not to approve the comment. I just decided that I didn’t want that negativity on my blog. I still go back and look at that comment every so often and wonder if I should approve it, but then I remember my reasoning. It’s a difficult choice because I want my readers to be heard, but if you’re not going to be nice, then I’m sorry but maybe you don’t deserve to be heard?
There is far too much negativity in the world, so I am not allowing that tiny bit of negativity to go farther than my eyes.
Feel free to disagree with me! (Just be nice about it!)