I've been thinking about blogging (especially with this whole everyday thing) and about how much I've enjoyed it over the years. I've met some amazing people through the blogs - here in my hometown and throughout the country. It's a joy to watch their children come home and grow, and they (you all) have been there for us - to share in our excitements, our frustrations, our children. Blogging is supposed to be fun, and most of the time, it is.
Until Anonymous shows up. MOST of the time (not all, mind you), Anonymous leaves comments that are preachy, judgmental, and just plain hurtful. Rather than be strong and open up a dialog as themselves - their real selves - they hide behind Anonymous to leave their stinging comments. This really makes me sad, crazy, angry... and just sad again.
I don't allow Anonymous comments because I believe that if a person has something to say, then they should stand behind it - not hide behind Anonymous. That's just my opinion, I know, but this is my blog, so that's how it goes.
Over the years I've been blogging, I've had numerous blog friend email or call in tears (or just really angry) over Anonymous comments. It just isn't right. What I'm trying to get at here is this - Anonymous, you take the fun out of blogging. Your hurtful comments, while you may believe in them, are not doing any of us any good. If you want to open a dialogue about your point, then stand behind your words. Show yourself. Or better yet, email the blogger you take issue with and open up a discussion! Please.
*steps off soapbox* Thanks for listening. Love to all my bloggy friends - I am grateful for all of you.