Sometimes I read blog posts I don’t agree with.
On those days I don’t comment. I leave and come back another day – or if I’m really insulted I leave all together.
Because I have always been afraid of being labelled a “troll.”
But since reading a few blogs that have triggered serious PPD memories, and not agreeing with their wording or presentation (and not leaving comments) I found that NOT commenting made me feel worse.
I haven’t been practicing what I preach.
I haven’t been speaking out.
When a topic really scratches at the surface of who you are and everything you believe in, and the comments on the post are all one sided, it can make it intimidating to leave your words to the author, especially if they are the exact opposite of the majority.
And then bullying occurs as a result.
That’s not okay.
We are writers. We write what we feel, think, and believe. But we have to know that what we believe, think, or feel is not the same as everyone else.
When we put our words out there we have to be okay with negative or opposite reactions.
We have to learn from them.
I love to read full content that questions the readers’ intentions. I love to read about the author and hear their story.
But how do we do that if we are always stifling our real feelings when we comment or discouraging truthful commenting?
Speak up and speak out friends.
Debate the topics you are reading, question the author if you think they haven’t researched, or applaud and encourage if you believe in what you are reading.
THAT is what learning is all about!
And as a writer you should want your readers engaged and soaking in your words, not skimming and passive when the topics are raw and sensitive.
That is why we write.
To leave imprints on people.
We can do that even through our comments.
Through encouraging dialogue.
And speaking up and out.