It’s been a while. Life has once again gotten in the way of blogging. The great thing about that is that taking time to live gives you great blog material. In fact, I had a great topic for tonight and was fully prepared to write a humorous, yet insightful post.
But after a quick check of recent comments, I’ve taken a complete U-turn and am going a different route. A nerve has been touched.
It was bound to happen. When we bloggers put ourselves out here as we do, we’re fair game for vicious attacks from those who hide behind their anonymity. In particular, when you make attempts at humor, some posts are going to fall flat. Some posts will be funny only in your own mind. And yet other posts are going to be met by readers who thank you for giving them a good laugh.
And any of the above posts could be read by a person who not only fails to find humor in your subject matter, they find it offensive enough to blast you in your comments. By “blast”, I mean make personal attacks by calling you a cyber-bully, a hater, one with anger issues, one who needs a life, or one who spends too much time carrying on in a blog when she should be spending quality time with her children. Wait a minute, she forgot “mean girl”. Is that still a hot buzzword? Can I be one of those too?
The post that offended pertained to the apparently delicate subject matter of snacks for soccer kids. I called the post “The Daunting Snack Assignment”. What some may refer to as “carrying on” I refer to as finding humor. Some got my humor, including my daughters. Apparently, however, an avid soccer-snack-seeker did not and felt the need to eject word vomit in my comment section.
If the intent was to anger me, it didn’t really work. I’m more bewildered than offended. I find it odd that with all the offensive material on the internet these days…the porn, the language, the violence, the political debates… this person focused her attack on on my little obscure post about extreme soccer snacks.
I’ve often wondered how I would react to my first hate mail. Would I decide that I had then arrived in the blogging world? That I would be happy to have some controversy that would pick up traffic? Or would I back-pedal, and retract all my attempts at humor and then delete my offensive post in order to make the world a better place? Would I then change my blog theme to sunshine, lollipops and rainbows and turn my focus on trying to spread joy and peace across the lands?
Or would I just use that Moderate Comments function that allows me to pretend the obnoxious commenter never “graced” the presence of this site?
Nah, I took none of those routes. I came out swinging.
That’s right. Anyone that would take to time to complain about a blog post where I made fun of another discussion thread must be really naive to think that they’re not going to be fodder in my next post. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I have this weird thing about having the last word.
In case you’re curious, I responded quite verbosely, as I tend to do. I will give you the abridged edition by including my closing lines only.
Anger issues? Hater? Cyber-Bully? I get that you’re up on all the latest buzzwords. Perhaps a dictionary is needed so you can look up those terms before you start throwing them around so easily.
Maybe while you’re at it, you can Google how to lighten up and get a sense of humor.
Now let me end this with a Z-Snap.
Z-Snap: When a person (usually a girl) snaps three times in the air in the shape of a Z. People do it to mean ‘oh no she DIDNT!’ or ‘u got told!’ It’s gotta be done with a lot of attitude. ~Urban Dictionary