The Risks of Being a Public Blogger

One of the risks of being a public blogger is incurring the wrath of web trolls or persons writing hate mail, often throwing in a defamation of character or two.

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. 🙂

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One Response to The Risks of Being a Public Blogger

  1. convivialdingo says:

    It’s still a rude, mean way to be treated. Life is difficult enough, and those that go about heaping pain should have a bit of perspective occasionally.

    You’re both admired by me, doing what is right and best for all. 🙂

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