31 May 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.