Have you ever left a comment and had the blogger bite your head off when you meant your question or concern sincerely?
Have you, as a blogger for no reason really known to you, ever left a scathing response to a comment that you felt was meant sarcastically or argumentatively?
I have felt both. I have done both. Why? I think that in spite of how casually we present our ideas we all take this rather seriously. We write about things close to heart. Maybe things that we haven’t told others or have been theorizing about for a long time. They are often things that we hold dear to us or are things that we want a certain thing to come from. Writing is very personal for me, and I think I mustn’t be alone in that. I know for me, when someone attacks something I’ve written, it feels like an attack on me. Not always, mostly with the things that I have personal experience with. As a blogger, I feel protective of my ideas, my pieces and stand ready to defend them. As a commenter, sometimes I am trying to ruffle feathers and sometimes I just want to ask a question. I just know that from now on, I’m going to work harder to respect others work and to make sure people are trying to be obnoxious… before I call them on it. I don’t know about you, but I could use a little less hostility, especially with all the election coverage. =)