April 8, 2013

Yikes (A PSA to the Blogosphere)

Every once in a while I "clean house" in the comments section of my Blogger account to get rid of spam that sometimes wiggles its way into being published here on the blog. Today, I was surprised to see that mixed in with the spam were two surprises: one delightful... and one nasty. I'm not used to even seeing comments like that on my blog; this one came totally out of left field and made me wonder, "Now, what exactly did I do to this person?" (Answer: nothing.) That got me thinking about times I've seen other bloggers get harassed in the comments of their posts- sometimes it's because they asked for it (there's only so much whining a reader can take...speaking of which, I'm wrapping this post up in a second- promise), and other times it's completely unwarranted. I just want to give a little reminder to all the bloggers and readers out there that even though we're communicating through the Internet, we're all human. If you have a sincere concern, feel free to send me an email. There's no need to get testy- and if you really feel the need to lash out at someone, at least have some cojones and don't hide behind the name Anonymous. It's not a good look.


Fairly Obvious said...

Ha I'll cut a ho!

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

Sorry for the nasty comment. I am SURE you did nothing to deserve it. There are waaaay to many anon haters out there. People really need to speak on the internet as if they are doing it in person. No more hiding!

Amanda said...

I couldn't agree more! When I first started blogging, my Twitter handle was similar to another woman blogger's handle and some pretty serious bullying (from her and her followers) ensued. It got so bad that I almost stopped blogging (and almost called the police bc of some very real sounding threats). I thought we were all adults here? Bloggers should support one another, not tear one another down!