OK, it's soap box time again. . . . . . . . . . . You have been warned (again)
So, I was over at my friend's Stacy's blog and I read her most recent post in which she is talking about someone's comments on one of her posts and how they called her a "bad yarn shop customer" because she wrote about a bad experience she had at a yarn shop. That got me to thinking . . . . . (I'm channeling Carrie again - tee hee)
So, what are proper rules of etiquette in the world of blogging? Is it OK, to comment on someone's personal blog and tell them that they are wrong or "bad" or just be plain rude to them because you don't agree with a posting? Isn't a personal blog just that, personal ?
We put ourselves out here in the great unknown world in search of companionship and friendship with others who share in our interests, beliefs, goals, etc. but does that mean that we are also allowing people to then put down our thoughts and ideas? Does using the public forum of the internet mean that we are a public posting and therefore lose the personal side of a personal blog??? Just what ARE the rules?
Am I insane to think that a personal blog is in actuality a personal blog? Am I being completely naive?
I personally look at blogging as an invitation to others to enter your personal space (for lack of better terminology) and therefore should constitute use of what I like to call "guest manners". I would never comment on a blog in a way that would be disrespectful to the blogger, just like I would never speak or act disrespectfully when invited to someone's home. Now, I do know that in some posts the writer is inviting and actually asks for others' opinions and thoughts and is therefore opening the door for, oh let's just say, less than kind comments. However, I have also read plenty of posts in which the blogger feels wronged and even feels like not blogging anymore because of the negativity they are getting in the comments to their posts. Don't like what you are reading? I say, then either do not comment or do not read that blog anymore.
So, here's the question I pose (and YES this is one of those instances where I am asking for your opinions and realize that they may not be inline with my own):
What is the overall feeling with regard to blogging and commenting on blogs? Is a personal blog, personal or is it a venue just as public as a public forum?
What do you all think?