Considering most people don’t read the Comment Policy when they visit websites, I am thankful that you’re taking the time to do so. The first section is for ALL Wanderlust Conqueror readers and the second section is dedicated to other bloggers and businesses. If you fall into the second category, definitely read it. Again, thank you for taking the time to read this!
Now, if you read my sticky post titled, A Promise to My Readers, then you already know I value my readers. As such, I will hold all commenters to a high standard of civility when they disagree with me, a guest blogger, or a fellow commenter.
For some of you, you may get offended by my serious tone in this post and I’ll never get you back on my site. For others, you might just be like, “HECK YEAH! This is exactly what I want to see from more bloggers!”
Either way, I just going to break it to you with truth bombs. I’m flexible and go-with-flow on so many things but this is something I will not budge on. My commenting policy is not up for discussion. If you can’t be a generally decent human being in the comments section, you’re going to hate my moderation skills.
There is a difference between criticisms or providing differing viewpoints and bullying. Providing unnecessary snark and rude sarcasm will not be tolerated. I am promoting an open, friendly online community. I hope you want that, too. If not, that’s alright, as long as it’s not on my website. Go crazy negative on your own blog or Facebook account.
Wanderlust Conqueror is a happy place, not intended for those suffering from a major case of the Grump-grumps.
As a firm advocate of free speech, I fully support every reader having strong opinions, even those different from my own. However, anything less than complete civility is unacceptable on Wanderlust Conqueror. All comments are moderated carefully, on both my blog and my social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Wanderlust Conqueror uses this comment policy to reserve the right to delete or edit comments that strike me as:
- Threats of violence – I don’t anticipate this being an issue but I will not stand for this type of behavior at all. It will be reported to the authorities.
- Personal attacks against another person (such as name calling; we’re not in junior high anymore)
- Politics and/or Religion – AGAIN for the people in the back, this is my happy place so we’re staying away from that stuff, okay?
- Smug Grammar Police – unless the sentence is completely incomprehensible, is it worth it? If it bothers you that I’m human and will not be 100% accurate with whatever writing style you happen to prefer, please feel free to buy me a premium membership to Grammarly. I do my best to edit, but seriously – don’t be that person. All I’m saying is, this type of comment/poster is on the same list with threats of violence and personal attacks. Make your own deductions.
- Ranting – especially if it doesn’t relate to the post
- Self-promotion (this is for the bloggers, entrepreneurs, and any other business minded people) – linking to your own blog, social pages, or product without prior consent in the comment section – use the handy Contact form at the top.
- Revealing of other people’s personal information, possibly without their consent
- This should go without saying, but for my own peace of mind, absolutely no pornography whatsoever, even under the concept of “artistic nudity.” Save that for your own blog.
You are still allowed to disagree with anyone on Wanderlust Conqueror, as long as it is executed in a constructive and respectful way. If you want your comment to be heard and not misconstrued, don’t hide behind the “Anonymous” post. Anonymous posts will be quicker to be moderated out of the comments section. I own my words and you should be able to own yours as well, especially when in disagreement with anyone.
Honestly, online snarking is a waste of everyone’s time. Everyone who comes to read my work does so in order to plan their hard-earned vacations. Since I’m paying the bills to keep Wanderlust Conqueror running, I believe it’s quite obvious as to what type of conversation that will be allowed on my website. Please adhere to it.
Comment Policy for Businesses & Fellow Bloggers
While I like having business owners involved in the discussions here on Wanderlust Conqueror, the comment section of a post is NOT the place to promote your own business. If you’d like to promote your business on Wanderlust Conqueror, you’re much better off joining me as a sponsor.
- Please do not use your business name anywhere in your comment — not as your name, not in the body of your comment, not anywhere. You may use your website in the URL field, but if you use a generic name like “Best Travel Photographer” or “Affordable Family Vacations,” your comment will be deleted.
- Don’t leave meaningless comments. We’ve all seen a lot of companies and individual bloggers who come and leave comments on dozens of posts that say things like “Very unique!” “Love this!” or “Awesome photos!” This is a half-step above spam, and I will delete it. If you want to partake in the conversation, let’s make sure it’s worth chiming in and get you noticed in a positive way. Even Neil Patel agrees:
“…make your comment count. First, read the article and understand it. Then write a comment of not less than 100 words. If you’re knowledgeable or skilled in the topic under discussion, contribute and appreciate the writer. Or simply contribute and then ask a question.
“Your comment should be detailed and professional, with no blatant promotion. Use your real name and show that you’re a real person by using a Gravatar.”
- That being said, if you have a guest post or placed an advertorial, feel free to respond to reader comments to your individual post! You can only comment as your business/blog persona for your individual article. If you decide to check out other posts on my website, make sure to comment as a person, not as a representative of a business or blog.
I really don’t like to have to be so serious and have an unyielding firmness on issues like this but I think this is important to have a friendly, helpful, open community atmosphere. Now that we have the not-so-fun issues out of the way, let’s all start making friends on here, shall we?
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