....but it's not.
Yesterday marked my first ever blog post with hateful comments. Only, the hateful comments weren't only by anonymous commenters.
First, let me start by saying that I can respect anonymous commenters. Maybe it's the social worker in me. I can completely understand someone's desire for confidentiality. Nowhere in this world of blogging does it state that you must reveal your name. Also, who says that all anonymous commenters are bloggers? Could it be that Anonymous is a non-blogger who likes to read blogs while passing time at the office? Just a thought...
Those of you who may not have seen it, here's the big, bad anonymous comment that got everyone and their mom's fired up yesterday:
"Your blog is one of my favorites but I am really disappointed that you sold out and wore those heinous shorts. Its December in Michigan, who thinks shorts like this are a good idea? Would you ever really wear these in real life? I think not!"
I wasn't the least bit offended by this comment. In fact, I welcomed it as someone's honest opinion, and I can respect that. Nowhere in that comment did Anonymous attack another person. He/She was simply stating that they did not like the shorts. What's so wrong with that? We're all individuals. We have different likes, dislikes, styles, etc. It's okay for someone to dislike what you're wearing! If we all liked the same thing, then style wouldn't be what it is; an expression of ourselves.
What I was offended by were the responses to said anonymous comment. I was appalled, actually. In my opinion, some of those responses were textbook cyber bullying. Hateful things were said about a person for a comment they made about A PAIR OF SHORTS. If that's not ridiculous, then I don't know what is.
I welcome anonymous commenters with open arms. If you don't want everyone on the internet knowing your name, I respect that! If you want to express your honest opinion about material I post on my blog without having me or others know who you are, then do it! As long as your anonymous comment does not attack another person, I'm not going to have an issue with it.
With that being said, if I receive another hateful comment on one of my blog posts, I will delete it. I don't care if you're "Anonymous" or if you "have the balls" to use your real name, I don't discriminate when it comes to cyber bullying. My blog is a place for me to write about whatever I want and a place for my readers to express their honest opinion about my material. I refuse to let anyone be bullied on my blog.
I may lose some followers because of this post, but so be it. My morals are more important to me than that number on my sidebar.
Check yo'self before you wreck yo'self!