Your blog sucks

Your blog sucks

By Beth Graddon-Hodgson

It doesn’t matter how you are or what you are writing about, at some point, you are going to fall under scrutiny for something that you did or didn’t say, or about the style of your writing. Sometimes  when you’re a writer, it may be your client that questions your choices. But, more often than not, the scrutiny comes from your readers. We’ve talked about dealing with criticism before on a larger scale; this time, we’ll focus on exactly what you should ask yourself before you decide how to deal with that criticism.

  1. Does it matter? If someone has provided constructive criticism in a comment, look at what their point reflects on. If they’re voicing a subjective opinion, you may respond in suit and engage in a friendly debate. If they’re knocking you personally, but it has no relevance to your story, it doesn’t matter and you can simply let it go. If they’re criticizing you due to a misunderstanding about something you’ve written, then addressing the personal attack doesn’t matter, but addressing your point might. This is because others might also be misinterpreting your intended message.
  2. Are they right? Does your content contain misinformation? Have you made a glaring error with grammar? If either of these things are true, an appropriate response may be to acknowledge them for their help and update your content.
  3. Is the criticism simply a strong, opinionated response to your content? It’s easy to take things personally or worry how a negative comment published reflects upon you. But, remember, a strong emotional response can be the greatest form of flattery. Even if they don’t agree, they’ve clearly done something right!

When you receive criticism on your blog, it’s normal to question yourself and take it to heart. Particularly when your blog represents your business, however, you need to step back and think about the above before responding. Otherwise, a heat of the moment response published online will reflect poorly upon your business forever.

  • Campervans
    Posted at 07:00h, 01 June Reply

    Very true, there are so many companies and bloggers who instantly delete anything that is more controversial or picky than ‘Great post!’ But I see it as a way to interact and debate with my visitors rather than pretending they don’t exist. JH.

  • Limo Steves
    Posted at 02:21h, 02 June Reply

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  • FireplaceS
    Posted at 05:28h, 02 June Reply

    I totally agree. Need to respond to the criticism calmly. Shoot the words into each other is not necessary. Refers to everyone philosophically.

  • More Control
    Posted at 10:23h, 03 June Reply

    Well if you do get criticism on your blog, then like you said you see it as an opportunity rather than a threat. Work out why there is criticism and address those needs accordingly. Also if it sparks a debate on your blog you can use it to drive additional traffic your way.

  • Ascentive
    Posted at 19:06h, 03 June Reply

    I’ve noticed that a lot of people leave comment boxes on articles they write, or blog posts they make, and then proceed to monitor and delete any comments that are critical of them, or that they simply dislike or disagree with.

    This is a mistake if you want your blog to become popular. If there’s anything that increases interest and traffic on the internet, it’s controversy, arguments, shouting matches, whatever you want to call it. People love to argue on the internet, and it’s a mistake to try to avoid criticism!

  • Bowen Agency
    Posted at 04:01h, 04 June Reply

    I think you also have to consider the number of comments that said that your blog sucks and who are they. Most of the time you will have a record of their email address from their comment so you can write a correspondence with them and ask them the key points and their personal opinion. Respect it and make necessary changes if you think you need to. 🙂

    • bonnie
      Posted at 06:45h, 04 June Reply

      Good point – but I think if a blog is really bad most pp just won’t come back rather than leaving a comment about it. Although there might be a bit of a “herd” mentality in which case one bad apple might spoil more in the bunch.

  • jthmcomics
    Posted at 04:29h, 04 June Reply

    Beautiful post and very nice to read..enjoyed a lot reading your blog..thanks

  • Roz Bennetts
    Posted at 12:48h, 04 June Reply

    Good post. I suppose I’m in the situation where I haven’t really got a purpose for my blog apart from being an online diary of sorts and hence I haven’t really concentrated on getting that many comments critical or otherwise! I have to say though that I welcome a bit of healthy debate as long as it’s constructive and sometimes it’s good to make posts that put you firmly in one camp or another so as to encourage the different viewpoints.

  • Accent Coach
    Posted at 18:51h, 04 June Reply

    When you really want to do something when you are upset, the best advice is often to do the opposite. It is so easy to be too reactive to criticism. I think it is good to test the substance of our ideas against criticism. It is an opportunity to hone your thought process and ultimately improve. That’s not to say there isn’t real venom out there that’s not worth considering at all, but regardless, you can’t take that stuff to seriously and by being to reactionary, that’s precisely what you are doing. Have thick skin my friends!

  • private equity software
    Posted at 04:26h, 06 June Reply

    I personally think that having some critics in your blog can really help your brand, because the more they criticize you, the more you and other readers know that you’re providing powerful statements.

  • Limo Steve
    Posted at 04:45h, 06 June Reply

    Absolutely fantastic posting! Lots of useful information and inspiration, both of which we all need! Thanks for the sharing information we will wait also for your new article keep posting

  • Paultons theme park
    Posted at 04:32h, 07 June Reply

    Good point – but I think if a blog is very bad most do not return pages instead of leaving a comment on that. Although there might be a bit of a “herd” mentality in this case, one bad apple can spoil the bunch more.

  • Kuwait Hotels
    Posted at 22:39h, 08 June Reply

    Thanks for the techniques, I’ve bookmarked this page and I’ll diffeniely come back to it if I get one of those comments.

    Actually, I got one of those a couple of weeks ago. I have an “ecommerce + blog” website, and I posted something regarding a one-week delay in the beggining of a discount period.

    And I got this comment that really got me depressed.
    I’ll translate it from Arabic: “you kept people waiting for the discount period, then you delay it for one week! believe me, no one trusts you or your company anymore!”

    I felt depressed cuz I didn’t know if other people felt the same way that guy did or not.
    But thanks god it seems that it was only him that felt that way, because as soon we started the discount, we got many sales and we also got many “thank you” comments.

    Sorry for the long comment, just wanted to show how bad it could be if you don’t know how to deal with critisism.

    Thank you 🙂

    • bonnie
      Posted at 06:31h, 09 June Reply

      I think people are frustrated on a daily basis and it’s just easier to take it out online. Frankly, I’d rather have someone complain where I can see it, rather than talking about me or my brand with friends, where I can’t do anything about it. I hope you contacted them and turned that customer around!

  • Kuwait Hotels
    Posted at 01:58h, 11 June Reply

    to be honest, unfortunately I haven’t contacted that customer 🙁

    Bty, what you mentioned is another good way to look at it as well:
    “I’d rather have someone complain where I can see it, rather than talking about me or my brand with friends”.

    Because if they say it to you and you give a nice reply or an apology, most likely they wont go on writing bad reviews about you. In fact, they might write nice reviews instead.

    All it needs is someone with a positive attitude and a technique to deal with the situation.

    like the positive attitude you got, it’s why many people like and follow your blog I guess.

    Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Appolon
    Posted at 09:58h, 11 June Reply

    You should really take criticism as a good thing. When you get criticised it means that’s room for improvement. If you chose to improve and repair mistakes you only win.

  • Online spil
    Posted at 10:08h, 09 September Reply

    Sad but true. I think we can learn a lot, if we listens to our readers. Of Course not all of criticism is right, but if we take the right pices – we get a much bette blog.

  • Ana @ Deceased Estate Sales
    Posted at 04:50h, 22 September Reply

    I wouldn’t really worry about even the worst of comments and I would definitely approve them all. The thing is, you can always reply on them politely and in argumentative manner and that only makes your point stand out and reflects you as a person who deals with negativity in the right way.

  • Paultons theme park
    Posted at 02:36h, 10 October Reply

    Good point – but I think if a blog is very bad most do not return pages instead of leaving a comment on this topic. While there may be a bit of a “herd” mentality in this case, one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch more.

  • copie borse
    Posted at 00:32h, 01 February Reply

    I don’t care what other people think of my blog. This is a way to express my feeling. I’ll never stop anyone judging me but take in their opinion and see if those words make sense. I am pretty rational about this.

    • bonnie
      Posted at 07:01h, 01 February Reply

      Good for you!

  • Omega
    Posted at 12:26h, 02 February Reply

    Note that some people will always criticize you no matter how good you are. Even if your blog sucks just learn from the mistakes and keep doing your thing.

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