On a daily basis, many of us leave comments on blogs. Typically, these comments are usually brief and positive. And when I say positive, I mean cavity inducing sweetness with chocolate fudge and sprinkles.
But, what happens when we get something called constructive feedback or - GASP - a negative comment?
I think most of us would be hurt or even angry and delete the comment. Why? Because we aren’t used to any sort of criticism. And, we aren’t ones to give criticism for this reason.
But, maybe we don’t give criticism because we are lazy.
Here's an example.
What you see
Now, let's form a comment based on those really quick thoughts.
What you could post
What you do post
There is an obvious difference between the two. Once is thoughtful and constructive and offers ways to make the blog more interesting. The second is uninspired, but nice. Sometimes it's hard to say anything more than a sentence or two.
Now, I am not unthankful at all. Comments are great and make the blogger feel good. But there are times where the pure nice words are being typed so we can go on one's page. And we all do this. We want recognition for our work.
Everything boils down to this - are we too lazy or too nice? In my opinion, the two go hand in hand. If one is going to offer constructive suggestions, there has to be a sizable amount to the comment so the blogger isn't offended. And who wants to write a ton of words, right? So people write the minimal amount which is typically pure praise. It's a never ending cycle. And, when there is criticism, there is hurt feelings because this criticism is mistaken as being mean. Just think about the whole IFB affair - comments disagreed with a post and the creator of the website ended up calling her readers bullies.
In the end, I'd say if we toughened up and gave more thoughtful comments, we would benefit not individually, but as a blogging community. However, that's just me. What do you think? Are we lazy and want views or just too nice?
Please remember I am thankful for any and all comments - it's just a trend I've noticed.