I did a post not long ago about various blogs where the blog owners had chosen to approve comments before they were posted. It seemed to me that more and more people were going in that direction, and I wondered why. None of us have blogs that are particular offensive, or even controversial. I stay away from blogs that are offensive, and I try to keep mine as non-offensive as possible. As I mention in my profile, I am not a writer. I am just a regular person who likes to share my thoughts, and to read about other folks' thoughts, lives, likes, dislikes, ideas, opinion, talents, hobbies, etcetera, etcetera... There is nothing really earthshaking going on here on my blog. I am always touched by how some people share really personal and private aspects of their lives. And when people post comments on my blog and share personal and private aspects of their lives with me, I accept that as a compliment -- and believe me, it really is.
Unfortunately, with any public forum, we open ourselves up for attack. I am always happy when people disagree with my ideas. I love a good debate; it's fun and refreshing. As I have stated in the comment space on my blog, "...don't be afraid to speak your mind, as long as it is not a personal attack. It's all in good fun..."
Occasionally I have various people on my blog who feel it is necessary to attack me personally, no matter what my post is about. My all-time favorite -- "Anonymous said... Blah, blah, blah...........has your chest exploded yet? You sure do know how to puff yourself up, don't you? "
Oh goodness... do I give that impression?
Unfortunately, I have removed the "anonymous" option in the comments box, however, I have not yet gone to enabling comment moderation. I feel rather sad for people who have to post angry comments anonymously. Their comments say more about themselves than they do about me. Anger and bitterness only poison the person who is carrying those feelings. It is really not me they feel anger and bitterness towards, but themselves. And it shows. It shows.
A very dear friend of mine said, "People who know you love you. Your self image should not be tainted by what someone else thinks of you - no matter who that person is....."
I have no ill-feelings towards any of my "Anonymous" commenters except to say I feel very sad that they find it necessary to be abusive. Life is too short for that nonsense. Remember, in life you can choose to be whatever you want to be. And if you want to be filled with anger, that's your choice. But please take it somewhere else.