Some people should just keep their comments to themselves. But make sure you read the last paragraph.

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strongopinionsI’ve been thinking about this topic for a while now and have finally got around to brain dumping my opinion onto the screen. Now before I go off on my little rant I would just like to say, that I’m all for people having their own opinion’s. Lord knows it would be a very boring world if we all thought the same things. BUT! And there’s always a BUT………

Right now that I’ve got the nicety’s out of the way, let’s go.

I’m a regular follower/reader of Mia Freedman’s blog, www.mamamia.com.au. I love reading Mia’s opinions and her take on news and other events. Yes it’s safe to say that I’m a fan! I can only hope that one day as many people read my blog as they do her’s! But what I find just as interesting as the stories themselves is the comments that people leave.

I think comments on blogs are fantastic. They’re a great way to get a conversation started and really get people involved in your stories. BUT. What I don’t like are nasty comments and people who seem to stir things up just for the hell of it. Many times I have read comments on Mia’s blog and thought how dare you write that, you have no right to say that.

Ok they do have a right to have their own opinion, but they don’t have the right to express it so unkindly on someone else’s blog. Let me know give you some examples. Mia wrote a story on the Australian gay couple who travelled to India and paid a surrogate to carry their twin baby girls. A lovely story which quickly turned sour in the comments department when some people were questioning these men’s ability to be parents due to weight issues and much more. Then there was the Michael Jackson backlash because some people thought it was too soon to comment on the controversial side of his life. THEN Mia held a competition to win a new digital camera. All you had to do was submit a suggesstion for a tagline for mamamia.com.au. Fantastic idea, get the readers involved and win a camera! Some horrible person used it as an opportunity to basically bag the crap out of Mia on HER OWN BLOG!

Jeez people, where has the respect gone.

So my point to all this rambling, is it seems that people are now taking advantage of online and the anonymity that it provides and using it for evil and not good. As I’ve said before, yes it’s ok to have your own opinion, but voice it sensibly and respectfully without being nasty and just remember that when you’re commenting on someone else’s blog, it’s just that SOMEONE ELSE’S BLOG and you need to have a bit of respect when leaving comments on another’s blog.

If you feel THAT strongly and don’t think you can comment respectfully then a) don’t read the blog in the first place and b) start your own blog and rant and rave all you like on that!

Wow, lots of CAPITALS (shouting) in this post!

So what do you think? Do you agree that people are taking advantage of the ability to be anonymous online, or are blog’s fairgame and we all need to accept to good and the ugly?

Having said all that I would like to finish on a nice note. Yesterday on Mamamia, Amanda wrote a guest post about her premature baby Sophia and their story so far. The comments on this story we’re so beautiful and heartwarming. Let’s hope we get more of that in the future. I recommend you read Amanda’s post. But be warned, have the tissues handy! Click here to read it.

4 Comments
  • bells
    July 22, 2009

    Oh it’s all over the internet. People are just rude. there’s a cartoon I saw a while back with a man at his computer, his wife calling him to come to bed. He said, ‘not yet honey, someone is wrong on the internet’ or words to that effect. There’s always going to be someone you disagree with. Anonymity is not a ticket to rudeness but some people think it is.

  • Ben Holmes
    July 22, 2009

    Ami, I couldn’t agree with you more in regard to just how rude some people are. There is no excuse for it. But, and as you said there is always a But, if you open up a public forum you have to accept that people are going to write things that not only do you disagree with, but that will make you sick to your stomach. Unfortunately there will always be those type of people out there. All we can do is smile hold our heads high and take solace in the fact that we are not those people and we will live a much happier life surrounded by much more wonderful people than those people ever will.

  • Reemski
    July 22, 2009

    I agree, It’s the reason I stopped commenting in Mia’s blog. It’s just seemed pointless trying to engage with people who don’t give a poo!

  • Ami
    July 22, 2009

    It’s a shame Reemski that you don’t comment anymore because of it but I do agree though, many times I have thought about making a comment and stopped & thought, actually I don’t think I’ll bother.

    Always seems that it’s the minority that spoil it for the rest of us, and of course that doesn’t just apply to this topic.

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