Copyblogger has published a list of five things to consider when getting hit by those snarky critics that just want to pick your carefully penned blog post to pieces. We’ve all been there, haven’t we, gotten hit by criticism. Sometimes it is warranted, and sometimes not. It really doesn’t matter, what does is how you handle it.
This is my favorite part from the post:
5. Let it go.
The moment you feel your hackles rising, let it go. If you let it upset you what follows is anger, and to quote Yoda, that leads to the dark side.
I know the feeling, sometimes someone writes something that really hits the soft spot, and I want to break something. Yeah, I’m emotional, and perhaps a bit too sensitive to have thousands of readers, but on the other hand, it is something I can work with.
Check out the post. Good stuff.
I just want to stress one thing: If a comment indeed got to you, don’t answer it right away. Chances are, you’ll write something not so thought-through, or perhaps behave outright badly because you’re so irked.
Remember, while your readers can write whatever they like in your comments (with your more or less silent permission of course), you really shouldn’t drift too far from your blog’s tone. After all, your comments are a part of your blog too, and your readers will judge it just like they do when it comes to your regular writings.
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.