Many bloggers aren’t sure how to handle negative feedback or constructive criticism. These reader comments can improve your quality and make you a better blogger.
1. Listen to Your Negative Feedback
Listening and reading your reader’s comments is essential when receiving negative feedback. Take a moment to let the constructive criticism settle in your mind. Make sure you’re in the right headspace to accept the negative feedback without bias. Ask yourself why you think your reader reacted how they did to your content.
Try to look at things from your reader’s perspective rather than just your own as the author, writer, and blogger. Know that receiving negative feedback and constructive criticism is typical in the blogging community. The more feedback and comments you receive, the better your blog will be. Keep in mind that you always have room to improve the quality of your content.
2. Respond Calmly to Your Negative Feedback
After taking the time to read and take in your negative feedback, it’s time to craft a response to your readers. Otherwise, there’s no way for them to know that you’ve taken the time out of your busy schedule to read their comment. Again, you need to make sure you’re in the right emotional state when writing a response to your reader’s comment.
They took the time to leave a comment. The least you can do is follow suit and let them know you will consider their constructive criticism with future blog posts. Be respectful and kind in your response. Thank them for reading your blog and offering you their feedback. Conclude your answer by letting your reader know their comments help you become a better blogger and write higher quality content.
3. Ask for Clarification on Your Negative Feedback
Whether the negative feedback you receive is an online conversation in your reader’s comments or an in-person chat with your fellow blogger friends, sometimes you need clarification. Asking for clarification is a superb way to start an enlightening and productive conversation that can lead to better blogging.
In asking for clarification, the first thing you must do is tell your commenters what you think they meant with their constructive criticism. Then, give them the chance to respond and agree or disagree with your interpretation of their comment. You want to understand what their negative feedback meant, and how you can use it to produce high-quality blog posts.
4. Be Your Own Critic When It Comes to Negative Feedback
If you take the time to offer yourself constructive criticism now and then, you’ll be prepared to handle negative feedback with ease. However, it’s essential not to be too hard on yourself or expect perfection from every blog post. Find the balance between bettering the quality of your blog posts without stressing over every word or paragraph.
You can also become a better blogger if you actively ask your readers, friends, family, and fellow bloggers for feedback. Some people hold themselves back from offering or posting negative feedback for fear of causing trouble or hurting someone’s feelings. If you notice that your reader’s comments are lacking, reach out to everyone and let them know that you’re open to all constructive criticism they offer.
5. Don’t Take Negative Feedback Personally
All too often, bloggers take negative feedback and constructive criticism personally. Some even take specific readers’ comments as a personal attack on their blogging skills or their career as a blogger. Don’t fall victim to these things. Know that when someone takes the time to post negative feedback, it’s because they want to help you write better blog posts and improve your blog’s quality.
While your blog and blog content may be personal, constructive criticism isn’t meant to hurt your feelings or have you question yourself as a blogger. Instead, negative feedback is there to hold you accountable to your readers and yourself. Negative feedback helps remind you to take the time and put in the effort to publish top quality content that is informative.
If you struggle to accept negative feedback or constructive criticism, you’re not alone. All bloggers have trouble dealing with reader comments that aren’t full of praise. However, negative feedback will help you become a better blogger and keep putting out top quality content.