Comments are very powerful and can be benefit your blog. Regardless of your niche or your intent when publishing a post sometimes discussions can give rise to unexpected controversy and it’s important to keep a safe environment for discussion on your blog. But we would be foolish not to take note that there are bloggers whose blogs are dedicated to creating controversy and using it to attract traffic.
During my recent blog surfing forays I sought out blogs in the American politics niche and observed right-wingers who are outraged that their President Obama is on weekend retreat to Maine. No, I’m not kidding!
When it comes to teabagger blogs and the people who publish in them and support them I cannot express my disdain for them more clearly than by saying they provide an excellent example of “much ado about nothing”. Why? Because the bloggers who author them and their fans tend to be black and white thinkers.
Without doubt we live in times where almost all the issues we face are complex issues. That’s why it’s extremely important for us to avoid simplistic thinking and consult what’s in our hearts as well as what’s in our heads. Black and white thinking means seeing the world only in terms of extremes. It’s a way of clinging to simple minded thinking rather than acknowledging complexities and opening one’s mind to realities.
In children developmental psychologists call this black and white thinking primitive thinking and most of us grow out of it. In adults those who are most prone to regressing to primitive thinking are fearful and emotional. Many are passive aggressive manipulators who aren’t even aware their own hatred and bigotry provokes them to demand simple minded solutions to complex problems. The same maladjusted adults also tend to be supportive of the most draconian measures when it comes to law and order.
Characteristics of primitive thinkers
Adults who are prone to primitive thinking have other characteristics. Many are ill educated and proud of it. Many are adherents to fundamentalist religions and proud of it. Many are in favor of the death penalty and proud of it. Many are patriotic in the extreme. Many are drawn to conspiracy theories. These characteristics suggest that they are fearful “little people” projecting false bravado. They got stuck in childhood black and white thinking, failed to developtheir intellectual potential, empathy and compassion for their own ‘self’ and consequently, for others.
But how should you deal with controversy and attacks on other blogs? While that varies depending on the situation, here are 6 few tips to point you in the right direction. — Why Blog Controversy is a Good Thing (Even When it’s About You
Blogging tip 1 : Do your homework and research your topic thoroughly from all angles prior to writing. When responding to comments view the other side and all sides of the issue and make honest efforts to understand where others you may disagree with are coming from. Try asking them to state their key concerns.
Blogging tip 2: Focus on the issues, not on personalities. When answering comments that conflict with your own opinions remain calm, knowing that the more emotional you become, the more clouded your thinking will be.
Blogging tip 3: Maintain a balanced sense of humor.
Blogging tip 4: Look for common ground and when you cannot find any politely agree to disagree without becoming disagreeable.
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