I've been seeing other bloggers get hate mail or hateful comments on their posts lately and it's pretty well sent me up the wall and around the room with fury. I can understand some friendly debate when a blogger writes about something controversial, but seeing people torn down for their weight, style or appearance in general is just disgusting. I really can't imagine how some of the "big time bloggers" handle such outright disrespect.
I have such a love/hate relationship with the internet because of just that. I love the community I've built here on my blog and I love the opportunity to hear opposing views—I even made a close pal because we disagreed and then took the time to hash it out. I just think that people need to have a little more tact and respect when they do have an opposing view. I also think people need to remember what their mothers told them: "If you don't have anything nice to say, say nothing at all." This is especially true when judging bloggers by their appearances. It's brave what a lot of us do everyday, putting our outfits, our faces, our bodies, our thoughts, ideas and personalities out into the world. People sometimes say, "Well, you put yourself out there, so you open yourself to judgement." But if you ask me, just putting yourself out there doesn't give ANYONE the right to cut me down. If you don't like my outfit, my hair, my weight, my views, that's fine. But it doesn't mean you can rip me a new one.
I know the people who do such things are just taking out their own insecurities, but that doesn't mean those comments aren't hurtful. So please, ladies and gents, play nice, comment respectfully and remember that bloggers are real people hiding behind a computer screen. We have feeling too, ya hear?
Have you ever received hate mail? Or have you been seeing it around the web lately?