I rarely get nasty blog comments. It happened once when I first started blogging and since then, things have been pretty quiet around here. Until yesterday when I received an anonymous comment telling me that I should stick to blogging about places to explore in Second Life because noone was interested or cared about my real life.
Yes, my feelings were hurt by it, but after a night of sleep, I am over it. But it got me to thinking about Second Life and social media and how easy it is for some to hide behind the veil of pseudonimity or anonymity and say mean things to people that they would never say to their faces. It’s cowardly. I see it in the SL blogosphere (I can’t believe I just used that word), and my Twitter stream. I saw it a lot on Plurk too which is one of the reasons why I gave up Plurk. I generally don’t engage in it, although the temptation is there sometimes. But that’s just not my style.
Personally, if I have something to say about someone, I will say it to them, straight up. And you don’t have to be a dick about it either. I expect the same in return. I do not take mean anonymous blog comments seriously, which is why I deleted the comment from this blog and why my comments will be turned on moderation for the time being.
Seriously, dear anonymous, if you are reading this, grow some balls and own your words and maybe I might take you seriously.