Thursday, February 18, 2010
I don't. Blog surf that is. I know plenty of people that do, and that's just fine. I have friends who have found a lot of great info and wonderful people while they blog surf. However, I once tried it and ended up on a pornographic blog. This is the first reason I don't blog surf.
Secondly, I have a bit of a bone to pick with SOME blog surfers. I feel that I must emphasize that it's only with SOME blog surfers and not ALL blog surfers, because getting offended by other people's blogs is the second reason I don't blog surf. Here's the deal people. As I see it, if you choose to blog surf, it is very likely that you will end up reading at least one person's blog where you don't agree with what the person said. It's bound to happen if you do it enough. If this happens, there are a couple options.
1.You can click your little mouse and move on to another blog without giving that person another thought, and therefore not getting yourself into a huff that *gasp!* someone out there doesn't see things the way that you do. ( I highly recommend this option.)
2. If this is a corporate blog, or some kind of organization, it might be acceptable to inform them of your disagreement. KINDLY. Not in the "what the heck is wrong with you idiots?" kind of way.
3. You can do what most people do and respond to someone's personal blog with sarcastic, biting remarks, thus inflicting your anger on every other person who comes to read that blog.
And THAT is the major reason I don't blog surf. Sadly, it has happened to me and it has happened to others I know. So when I sit down at the computer to check up on my loved ones and friends, I have to endure the dreaded "Anonymous" comment. Which, if I may be so bold, is generally coming from someone who knows zero about the person writing the blog, the background and knowledge base the person has, and sometimes even about the topic at hand.
So that's my beef. Your next door neighbor does not agree with you on everything, but you would never call that person out into the middle of the street, yell at him/her for being such and "idot", "jerk", etc, in front of family and friends and then run away and never come back for more discussion. But that's what SOME of these blog surfers do. If you feel that strongly about something, write about it on your own blog for others to pass by and read. That way everyone gets their thoughts and opinions out there and no one has to be mean about it. And if you do respond, please do so kindly. Generally speaking, the author of the blog and those who read it on a regular basis are not going to think that you are all-knowing and really have the right idea if you present your arguments in an unkind way.