Dealing with the flamers on your blogs

Framers? Darn autocorrect!

Do you have those people that repeatedly flame on your blog? Practically anything and everything you talk about they take the other stance and infuriate you with illogical arguments and sometimes simply wrong information?

How do you deal with them?

I have two primarily.

One is on Facebook. There I tend to get a little political and very pro military with my posts. There is this one guy that almost always adds his two cents, which is totally opposite of the stance I’ve taken in my post. There for a while, he was reeling me into his discussion…argument. I was letting him get to me and I was going off. Then I got to the point where I would simply delete his comment on my post so I could ignore him.

The other is on LinkedIn. He’s a know it all on a strategic planning site that tends to read and comment on every one of my Saturday morning Think Big, Take Small Steps, strategic planning blogs. His comment are always in complete disagreement with my approach that I’m discussing, how his company does this and it’s the only right way, and supposedly he has peer-reviewed articles and that makes him a God. Again, I started off challenging him, but he’s way too arrogant to listen and simply fires back veiled insults across the Internet. I’ve noticed, because I read many of the posts on these groups, that he is like this to everyone, but never seems to share anything himself…just belittle everyone else’s posts. I guess because he’s peer-reviewed, which I’ve never found. Now, I ignore him.

I’ve had people tell me to simply unfriend or unlink to them. I have considered it. Of course, on LinkedIn that doesn’t work. He’s on the group so whatever gets posted, he reads…not being linked to him doesn’t matter.

I have tried to debate the subject with them, but their views are almost purposefully opposite and so far from what I agree with that it seems more of a challenge than it’s worth.

Do you have flamers on your posts and blogs?

How do you deal with these people when they choose to use your avenue as their sounding board?

Do you think that they are honestly trying to add positive information to the conversation, or are they simply miserable people that want everyone to accompany them in their misery?


About johnrknotts
John Knotts is a results-oriented business professional leader, manager, and supervisor with experience from the military, small business, several nonprofits, and is currently a management consultant. Working out of the San Antonio, Texas, he retired from the Air Force in July 2008 and worked with Booz Allen Hamilton from the end of October 2008 to December 2011. Now he is a Strategic Business Adviser with USAA. John leads large and small strategic transformations and has extensive experience in the areas of change management, strategic planning, process improvement, strategic communication and marketing, strategic human capital and resource management, education and training, facilitation, organizational design and development, modeling and simulation, financial and budget analysis, activity based costing and management, quality management, competitive sourcing and privatization, leadership development, and business development.

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