Recently, Opinionated Man had a run-in with a man who had left unfavorable comments.
OM’s commenter was not a blogger; however, he and OM went back and forth for some length of time in sort of pissing contest. Don’t bother looking for the OM post – it seems to have been deleted either by OM or by WordPress. I wanted to link to it here, and couldn’t find it today – but I’m sure many of you saw it.
At any rate, after reading the extended comments chain, I entered a comment of my own asking why OM was engaging this particular detractor. Even with my small readership, I’ve had comments to the effect that my writing is poor or my subject matter is boring. Sometimes if a comment is particularly offensive, I’ll just delete it and pretend it never came in at all. But I allow most comments to stay, whether positive or negative.
At the end of my comment on OM’s post, I indicated that when I receive a bad comment, I usually just say, “Thanks for the comment“ and leave it at that.
And thus, the point of this post.
Today, I wrote a comment on a blog I have been following for some time and whose owner I respect and consider a blogging friend. The blogger replied to my comment, and ended his reply with “Thanks for the comment.”
Say what? Even though I knew that sentence was meant sincerely in this case (the blogger in question is a friend, dammit), it still shook me up a wee bit, considering that I had just posted that same sentence on OM’s blog as a way to get rid of bad commenters.
Am I bad commenter? Or just a bad blogger?
Oftentimes, I will end a reply to a comment with “Thanks for the comment” – and 99% of the time I sincerely mean to thank the commenter. Sometimes I receive a comment that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but is from someone new and I want to acknowledge their ability and willingness to read my silly blog, so I simply say “Thanks for reading and commenting.”
Now I’m in a quandary.
Do I stop using that phrase altogether, or do I find a way to delineate my sincere “thanks” from the sarcastic ones? Maybe when I have a negative comment, I should reply, “Thanks for the comment – ha, ha” or something to that effect. Replies to positive comments could then be, “Thanks for the comment – you’ve made my day” (actually, that could work for the bad comments, too, couldn’t it?)
Hmmm. What to do?
Please excuse me while I take a short
wine coffee cookies blogging break to ponder this very serious matter.
Thanks for reading – and if you respond, thanks for commenting.
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