A few of the mombloggers that I follow — Dooce and Faster than Kudzu — have addressed the issue every now and then, and their sane and common-sense response has been to delete the offending comment and/or email.
So why don’t I do that as well? 1) If I do that, the malicious writer wins, and 2) I seriously believe in an individual’s right to free speech. Thus, unless I get an actual *threat* to me and my friends and family (in which case I will get the legal system involved), then there is nothing substantial to fear.
After six years of blogging, I’ve pretty much read and heard everything from my readers — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some comment publically while others email privately.
I’m just glad that I have readers at all, and that I’m not just talking to myself.
Speaking of which: time to get ready for work, teaching my summer session students how to write. 🙂