Over the past few days I have been a part of pretty substantial conversations about mean moms in the blogosphere. I wonder if these conversations just happened to follow right behind one other by coincidence or if it really is a problem.
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of sharing a panel with the brilliant Janice Croze (5 Minutes for Mom) and the amazing Laurie Smithwick (Leap Design) at Type-A Mom conference about the importance of positivity in our community and on our blogs. When it was time for questions there were many from the audience about how to deal with mean commenters. I told them what my mom always told me: Ignore ignorant people. That has always been my philosophy in the blogosphere, in fact. I simply ignore comments and futile conversations that don’t empower anyone. If the topic and its outcome look futile and won’t matter a year from now I won’t get involved with it.
Also, this Tuesday at the Redbook Blogger Brunch the topic of “judgy” moms was brought up and it seemed to be a topic that a lot of women bloggers have to contend with. Some welcome the mean comments, others have figured out how to manage them and others don’t write content that welcomes negativity. By the way, check out Redbook’s post about “judgy” moms. They’d love to hear your feedback!
Although I don’t encounter a lot of snide comments here or elsewhere, I have had my fair share of ugliness thrown at me over the years. It never feels good, but I guess we all have to grow thick skin if we’re bloggers.
What do you think? Is mean-spiritedness rampant in the mom blogosphere? And if so, how do you handle it if it comes your way?