We're back to participating in the latest discussion topic for Friend Friday via Modly Chic. This week's all about blog criticism...thought-provoking stuff. But before we hop to it, an outfit pic:
I'm super in love with the cape/poncho trend this season. The is like a cape/poncho hybrid, but for now, let's call it cape. I am now the proud owner of 2. You know who I've found to have the best selection of capes? My local thrift store. With both of my purchases, I was at the thrift store specifically looking for a cape. Both times I hit the jackpot with items that still had the orignal price tags on them - whoohoo! This one I bought earlier this year. My other, more recent cape purchase is to DIE for. You'll likely see it next week.
Cape: JCPenny brand, thrifted via Valu Thrift
Boots: Kelly & Katie via DSW
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1. Do you allow comments on your blog? Why or why not?
Yes. Because I care about my readers and am interested in what they have to say. I want to be accessible. I like the interaction. It's much more casual than email (to me).
2. Do you think at times people leave comments that are insincere or not well thought out? (like the ones who write two words and just seem to be trying to comment on as many blogs as possible.)
Who is to say a comment is insincere? I believe most of the comments I receive ARE sincere. I suppose there are folks who are just bored or write random comments to be seen within the community, and that's ok too. I really appreciate those who take the time to comment at all, whatever their motive, so long as it isn't a bully comment, it's ok with me.
3. Would you ever leave a comment that could be considered negative?
No, not intentionally. If I don't like or am indifferent about what I see/read on another blog, I just go about my merry way without comment. Though I will say, that sometimes I try to be funny or sarcastic and that can be hard to pull off in text-form. I just hope people get me.
4. Most people claim to like constructive criticism. Do you really and how do you offer that kind of criticism to others?
Do I like to receive constructive criticism? No. Who likes to be criticized? - constructive or not. Will I take constructive criticism? Sure. I'll listen/read, take the opinion into account, and won't take it personally. If someone doesn't like something I'm wearing or the way I styled it, that's cool. Different points of view are welcome on my blog, though it probably won't change the way I feel about something. Now, if someone wants to "constructively criticize" me as a person based solely on my blog, I might have a little problem with that.
I never intentionally criticize on other blogs. I don't really see the point.
5. Some bloggers don't allow comments in order to cut down on negativity. Do you think that is the way to go or are there other ways to deal with the negative vibes?
I have NEVER gotten negative vibes from anyone but a few cowardly, anonymous commenters. I turned off the anonymous comment option for a while after receiving a series of bully comments. I won't address them, I won't publish them, I won't tolerate them. I don't have the time or the stomach for that crap. If my non-anonymous comments ever did take a negative turn, I would have to seriously contemplate what was causing it. I don't think I'd ever turn off comments entirely, but would screen more thoroughly.