I only have one rule on my blogs, be nice. With Freelance Writing Jobs, which receives thousands of visitors on a daily basis, I’m forever asking people, well one or two people in particular, to please mind their manners. My biggest dilemma is when a client asks me to post a job and after I do, certain people start ganging up on the client to complain about his rates, his terms, and I’m sure if they could see it, the color of his shoes. The problem with this is it keeps people from coming back to us with their jobs and it makes most of my community uncomfortable. I’ve explained this time and again, but there are still people who refuse to get it.
One regular to my community likes to challenge me every day. On Just about everything I say or post she comments on with veiled cattiness and lots of winks ands smiles to tell me that despite her obvious baiting, she’s really a team player and ever so amusing. It’s obvious however she’s just being…well common decently prevents me from posting what she’s really being.
Some of the regulars are losing their patience and telling her what i can’t because I’m trying to keep it positive – to be respectful and stop picking apart everything I say. She’s still going on though. She throws in everything from free speech to a difference of opinion. Meanwhile I’m getting more and more stressed out at trying to keep the peace on my own blog.
So tell me, when do you stop being polite. When do you take off the kid gloves and tell someone to shut the eff up and if she can’t be respectful would she please take it elsewhere? Do bloggers always have to be nice?