Blogging Myths. This series explores the common misconceptions that many bloggers and readers have about blogging. If you're new here, you can start from the beginning of the series here.
Myth #7: Snarky Anonymous Comments are Okay
It's a temptation, isn't it? If I tell her how I really feel in an Anonymous comment, I'll feel so much better.
We've all been there. You come across a blog with a post that is ignorantly written, brash, or just plain conflicts with the way you see things. It's easy to think that a simple anonymous comment would fix everything. You'd get things off your chest and maybe the blogger would see things your way.
Chances are that you might feel better (for a minute or two), but ugly comments have a way of weaving themselves into the reader's heart. I still feel sad when I think of a rude anonymous comment someone left for me a year or two ago (my retort was featured at My Favorite Hatemail).
Do you want to walk around with the knowledge that your careless words ruined someone else's day? Hiding behind the anonymity of your computer screen doesn't make your words any easy to digest. There are ways to disagree with someone and get your point across without crushing the other person's spirit.
I do still allow Anonymous comments on my blog because there are readers who don't have Blogger/Google accounts who enjoy offering feedback. You can read more about commenting how-tos in my Commenting 101 series.
Have you ever been the recipient of an Anonymous comment that rubbed you the wrong way?
I still think Thumper said it best in Disney's Bambi (click over for video if you're in a reader or email):
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