Yesterday I noticed a comment on my blog and like most bloggers I was very excited about a new comment...until I read the comment. It was from an anonymous writer that said "you make me want to puke".
Yes, you read that right it said "you make me want to puke".
I do not like anonymous comments but until now I have allowed them because... well to be honest I like comments of any kind. Until this comment I have only had positive comments or comments that further the discussion so never worried about the possibility of negative comments. I have even been "taken to task" by readers when it was needed and accepted the comments happily. But I have never before received an openly mean comment.
And I am a little sad, not about the comment (more on that in a bit) but because we live in a world were these "comment and run" practice are very common. The internet has made it so easy to be mean and not be held accountable for your actions. People leave mean hateful comments all the time then disappear never to be heard from again.
I think this is a little cowardly. If through the anonymity of the internet you are brave enough to make the comment "man up" and leave your name. Start a dialogue don't just throw out mean jabs like "you make me want to puke" or 'I hate you" (I haven't received this comment but a blogger friend of mine did.)
But despite all that I have decided to exam this comment more thoroughly. So everyone put on your thinking caps.
What does the writer mean when they say "You make me want to puke"? Since I don't know who wrote the comment I can not infer any meaning into the comment. Do I know you? Did I cook one of my amazing meals and it made you ill? Did I "share" my germs and give you the stomach bug I had last week? Did I say something so offensive that you become physical ill? I don't feel like I have enough information to give this comment any real meaning or to understand how I make you want to puke.
Because of this I am okay deleting this comment from my blog. I have never done that. I believe that all comments can lead to discussion and are valid but since the writer choose not to leave their name I am choosing to not keep the comment.
So my friends did I handle this situation correctly? What would you do if it happened to you? Or what did you when it happened to you?