The past few weeks have been filled with a flurry of posts about many topics. There are the usual wanks that go around about this or that, the same topics brought relevant again since the topics and behaviors never really change. While that’s not a bad thing per se, what I noticed is the majority of posts are pretty negative. They focus on bad behavior, rants, and general disgust with the current state of things in the romance genre.
While I agree with many of the posts it occurred to me that these negative posts got a lot of attention. Recently on twitter a blogger commented that they try to focus on controversial topics to get a lot of attention and comments.
On the one hand I get that but on the other comments are not what I personally strive for so I don’t judge the success or failure by comments. [Though I already talked about that]. But regardless I know there is a ton of pressure in the competitive blogsphere to write witty, amusing, and entertaining posts.
What I’ve found is that the easiest way to garner a lot of attention is to be negative. Point out all the crappy things about something/somewhere/someplace and a lot of people seem to agree and comment. Some recent posts have been critical and negative about the m/m genre and why it’s terrible. I don’t think the blog authors intend it that way but these posts come across very negative and critical. Typically these posts got a lot of comments.
So it is true? As blog readers are we addicted to negative posts? Do we love to talk about negative things more than the positive?