But until this weekend, I hadn't personally experienced the bad side of putting oneself out there--the negative comments. On Sunday morning, I found my first bad comment, posted on my post "Thoughts on the Inauguration, part 3." Boo for the comment feature!
Clearly, this is not the kind of comment I've been wishing for. I figured so few people see my blog that I wasn't really at risk for such a thing. And, truth be told, it's not the most evil of comments. It's just self-serving and insulting, which I suppose are two qualities that make for a "negative comment."
I read it with surprise and a bit of dismay--why target me? Especially when this person found my blog on a quest to find out how to make a chipmunk costume, of all things! My second reaction, which followed quickly (and I admit to my childishness here) was "Bring it!" I love a good debate. Ask any of my former students about how I love to play with argument. But, after a minute's thought, I abandoned the idea that a "debate" with anonymous would be a good or productive thing.
I have, in my life, experienced more than my fair share of angry, judgmental, abusive language. I know how hurtful words can be. It took a great deal of work for me to distance myself from people who practice this kind of verbal abuse, and I guard this distance carefully. Seeing that nasty comment brought back some icky memories for me, reminding me that "Yes, Kirie, there are still mean people in the world, despite the little bubble you've created for yourself. And yes, mean people still suck."
I can't have it both ways, I know. If I write about my thoughts, and I enable the comments (and wish for them!), then I am bound to get friendly ones and rude ones. Thank goodness I've not experienced rude comments until now. I think that if I receive comments like this in the future (and I'm bound to, right?), I'll be taking my actions on a case-by-case basis. In this case, I did respond, if only to say my piece. You can see what I said here. For the next nasty remark--perhaps just a delete. Silence is a forceful weapon.
Now, my dear readers, how do you deal with the negative commenters on your blogs? Or if you don't have a blog, how do you deal with the negative commenters in your life?
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