So here is deal. Anonymous comments are freakin LAME. We all know this right? But the most annoying ones are the ones that are written out of complete and utter spite. I just wrote a post about 10 Bloggy No No's that I have had to learn from during my time blogging. And pretty quickly recieved this comment:
Whoa whoa whoa. Slow the crazy train down and pull it into the Station-o-Common Sense. First off, let me just say my dear, that if you were trying to make me feel bad, you sorta were not awesome at it...womp womp.
Secondly, the post was not a list of “rules” nor was it written negatively. You must have overlooked the first line of the post, where I preface it by saying that most of these mistakes are ones that I have made MYSELF. You also must have missed the part at the end where I warned that any rude comments could end up on Hate Mail, so by leaving me a rude, anonymous comment, you've made yourself the Guest of Honor today. Enjoy your 15 seconds of fame lady!
I love blogging and I love my readers, so the point that you are CLEARLY missing (that everyone else seemed to get), is that I am trying to share what I have learned so that others don’t make the same mistakes that I have. This in turn, helps to make my amazing readers' blogs more successful. Please explain to me how that can at all be considered "negative."
Most people are able to resist the urge to be mean or spiteful. You know, knowing that with a little bit of self control (or by simply leaving someones blog) that the negative feelings they have inside wont get wiped up and down blogland like a cruddy diaper. Since you my dear must not have these flair up sensors, I gladly invite you to spend your time online elsewhere and let Vintage Revivals be a place of positive spray paint fumes.
p.s. I think you might be allergic to my happiness. (You might want to get that checked...along with the flair up issue. Its no bueno.)
I would also like to thank the readers that stood up for me in the comments, it means a lot ladies!
Um, so I'm clear... pointing out the proper (or more favorable way to do something) is negative...?
I only lather my hair once during a shampoo... but the shampoo bottles all say to "lather, rinse, repeat" are the shampoo companies negative? If the furniture refinishing experts point out you should lightly sand between coats, but I never do? Does that make the experts negative..?
Mandi gave some guidelines. She outlined things that she has observed in her own personal blogging experience. (Which so far appears to be pretty successful, btw. I'd give her a listen when she hands out advice.) There is no Blogger's 101... no Blogger By-Laws... you learn by experience, watching what other bloggers do or don't do. She shared, people. And if you read through the rest of the comments on that post, you'll notice that there are bloggers who didn't know they could enable their email for replies... people who didn't realize that their word verification option was enabled and/or how to change the option... people who didn't know there are many readers out there who actually don't like music playing on a blog... In other words? They appreciated Mandi's help.
My guess is that anonymous does all of these "no-nos" and is either a) a misguided rebel; b) has serious issues with constructive criticism; or c) is just lame.
Or possibly, d) all of the above...
What do you say?