I’ve never received a nasty comment on my blog but a friend of mine recently did. The comment was left by someone who prefers to remain Anonymous. (Of course.)
While I am very much aware of the story behind the comment, the entire situation is one I had decided never to address on my blog.
I’ve changed my mind. When a friend of mine receives a comment of that nature – a friend I see on a regular basis and whom I admire tremendously – this whole ridiculous matter takes on a new perspective. While I still refuse to address the particulars of the issue, I would like to state a few simple but obvious (to me) truths about blogging.
Do not assume you know someone simply because you read their blog. You don’t.
And as a logical consequence re: the above statement, you do not have the right to judge that person.
Do not presume to know the entire story of an issue after having heard only one side. And if “stories” are being told outside of the world of blogging, keep them there.
If you feel a compelling need to leave a negative comment, have the courage to do so under your own name.
Better yet, if you’ve decided you don’t like what a particular blogger has to say (for whatever reason) don’t read their blog. It’s that simple.
The social aspect of blogging may very well be a small microcosm of life itself (an extremely small one) but we are not children. This is not a playground for the airing of personal grievances or for name-calling.
And, finally, life is too short to engage in such nonsense. Surely there are other matters in our lives of greater importance. There certainly are in mine.
If you care to leave a comment, please do - preferably not anonymously. But take note. This post is “it.” I will not be playing these sort of games on my blog.