I have been involved in blogging and social media for a long time. There are many lessons that I have learned but there is one that has stood out.
I don’t have to respond to every comment.
Of course if a person has a sincere question or a helpful comment, I will respond. But there are those who are only looking for an argument. They are often called trolls.
When I first started, I did respond and would get into long debates. Initially it felt like I was being productive but soon saw my error. It was a waste of my time and would get me all worked out.
Eventually I just made the decision that I was going to be careful with my time. I will clarify where needed but won’t debate just for the sake of debate.
It is a freeing experience to get to this point. I see their comments and think to myself, “Yeah right, I’m not touching that one.”
Every blogger and person on social media has to make their own decision about responses but the truth is you don’t have to respond. It is your choice.