One of the editors that I write for usually doesnât get back with me about my articles until right before publication.Â That means that I have to scramble to make any changes.Â She hardly ever responds to my first e-mail, and oftentimes doesnât âgetâ the e-mails I send.Â Iâve had so many issues with this woman, from getting no check at all to getting double on my check, that Iâve contemplated ceasing my business relationship with her.
I love to write.Â But when I have to deal with someone that doesnât seem the least bit organized, I donât want to deal with them.Â I feel like not responding to her e-mails or only doing half the work Iâm asked to do.Â I know thatâs a horrible attitude that will make her feel that I am unworthy of writing for that publication.Â That attitude would get me bad reviews from a higher up.Â
No matter how angry and wronged I feel, I tell myself that I have to maintain a professional demeanor.
When youâre wrongedâ¦
Do you pay in kind?Â Or, do you turn the other cheek?
In the blogging business world, you might feel that paying in kind is a necessity.Â With your blog, you have a means to communicate your unbridled ideas and opinions with the world.Â You might feel that itâs your duty to be brutally honest.
Personally, I agree that a blog should keep it real.
On the other hand, perhaps you are more of a turn the other cheek person.Â Itâs not that you arenât being true to yourself.Â Being yourself just means avoiding confrontation.Â You actually just might not care about an issue one way or the other.Â You might prefer to ban ranting from your blog.
Thatâs OK, too.Â Once again, be real.
What about a personal level?
With a blog, you donât usually get more personal than comments and e-mails.Â What are people saying about what you write?Â What are people saying about you?
You can choose to take offense on a personal attack and dish what they serve, or you can choose ignore ignorance, or do something in between.Â
The in between approach is best.Â When you deal with a confrontational reader, you have to always be tactful.Â Just because a person is rude to you, does not mean that you have to be the exact same way.Â Say how you feel as professionally as possible.
Be careful when you choose to ignore a person.Â That individual, while agitated, might be expecting a response from you.Â If that is the case, do so in the same tactful spirit I mentioned before.Â If you still just donât want to deal with it, you can still let a person know that you are not going to respond to that type of negativity and leave it at that.
What will I do?
Iâm still not sure what to do about writing for this editor.Â I try to be a very organized woman, and when that organization is dramatically disrupted time and time again, I have a difficult time rolling with the punches.Â I probably will not dish what she serves.Â I probably will not try to approach her again about these issues.Â (Yes, Iâve already made some attempts to smooth things out).
What would you do?Â Do you dish what people serve?
Terez Howard operates TheWriteBloggers, a professional blogging service which builds clientsâ authority status and net visibility. She has written informative pieces for newspapers, online magazines and blogs, both big and small. She regularly blogs at Freelance Writing Mamas . You’ll find her on Twitter @thewriteblogger
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