Most people will find something along the way, especially when reading blogs, that they may have an opinion that not always agrees with the author of the post. That is okay.
Blogging is not always suppose to be a feel good kind of gig. Some people may have some harsh views, and others may agree wholeheartedly. It is okay to “agree to disagree.”
Most readers will do a couple things after reading a post:
- Read maybe the first couple lines or the title and then leave the site
- Read the whole article and then leave the site
- Read and leave a comment in general
- Read and leave a comment in favor of the author
- Read and leave a comment not in the favor of the author
Some bloggers get really riled up when another person leaves a comment that seems negative. However, this is not to be taken bad unless it is truly meant to be so. It is an opportunity to open the floor to a civil discussion. Even if the outcome still is an “agree to disagree” situation, it is a worthwhile conversion, and likely to build a respectful relationship between the author of the post and the readers.
Bloggers who believe it best to remove any comments that do not agree are not helping their cause. It shows closed-mindedness, and it really is censorship- letting others know that the blog does not promote a healthy sense of conversation.
Social networks are often bad mouthed because they shut down controversial conversation streams. In blogs, well, it proves to shows how many people are passionate about the topic. The people controlling the moderation is the blog owner or designated moderators, so there is really less bureaucracy to deal with. Both the commenter and the moderator have to have some type of respect for each others’ opinion.
In fact, things that were missed in the article, can easily be covered in blog comments too!
So, it is okay to agree to disagree. Do not be afraid to share your opinion.
Have you commented on a post that was controversial and the conversation got out of hand? Or did you write a controversial post where it was really difficult to take in the responses?
Have you commented on a controversial blog