I have this blog now for nine years and one thing that I think is important is when I express my opinion, I leave an opening for my readers to share their own opinion. After all, I am asking you to read and take in my vast opinion on different things.
More and more however, I come across blogs that have no option for the reader to express their opinion on the post. There is no option to comment. In other words, this is the blogger’s opinion, read it and say nothing. It just says they don’t really care what you think about their post. Is it a dictatorship or is it cowardly? Same difference.
A blog I recently visited explained that they were removing the option to comment because people were being mean. Give me a break! Now we have snowflake** bloggers! The blogger went on to explain that their opinions were “radical” in the subject they were writing about and they would be offending people. So what the heck do you expect? Go into a lion’s den and announce that lions are weak and lazy, those lions are going to pounce on you. And hard! If you want to avoid abusive comments, you set your blog with the option that you need to approve all comments. If there is a comment that is abusive, delete it, but to disallow all comments is really selfish.
If you know that your opinion is going to offend a lot of people, and you know that you are sensitive and can’t handle criticism, then do not write a blog! Keep your opinion to your self! Just keep a personal journal. It’s simple. There will always be mean people and internet trolls. And there will be those idiots that will be abusive, so you block them.
If you are going to run a blog, not allowing comments at all and only allowing “likes” shows the magnitude of your insecurity and your inability to deal with opinion that is not to your favor. If that’s the case you should not be blogging. At all. If you are going to express your opinion publicly, then get the balls to listen to other people’s response to your opinion or get out of the genre.
Another pet peeve of mine is the blogger that does not acknowledge comments. If someone takes the time to write a reply to your post, at least acknowledge you read it. Just ignoring comments is just as bad as not allowing them.
Before I even waste my time to read a blog, I check to see if comments are allowed and if not, I don’t bother to read and least of all, subscribe to the blog. And if I leave more than one ignored comment, you’ve lost me. I hit the unfollow button and move on.
**snowflakes – people that are overly-emotional, easily offended and unable to deal with opposing opinions.