One of the things I’ve noticed over my years of blogging is that there’s a fair amount of ranting and raving going on in the blogosphere. Such bloggers even appear to get attention at times.
So, is it worth it? Should you be the negative writer on your blog?
Many bloggers claim that negativity makes them more authentic. I’m not sure that I would agree. I don’t think that you have to be negative to be authentic.
While it may feel satisfying at first to be the negative writer, negativity can have long-range consequences.
I got into an excellent discussion with Judy Gombita about negativity the other day on Google+. Judy has written a post on the topic from the perspective of a public relations professional, but really her points would apply to freelance writers as well. If you haven’t read it already, check out Decorum Byte: Don’t be Negative; Practice Positive PR2.0 on her blog.
I won’t repeat all of the excellent points Judy’s post made here, but some of the points that apply to freelance writers include:
- Your social media participation sets a tone for your business interactions.
- Negativity can ultimately cause you to lose part of your community.
- People want to work with positive people.
Some of you may argue that you’re not that kind of blogger, you’re just a hobby blogger so it doesn’t really matter what you say online.
While I understand this perspective, remember that you may not always be a hobby blogger. You may one day wish to establish an online business presence. When that day comes, your past negativity may come back to haunt you.
What do you think? How negative are you online and do you think it impacts your freelance writing?