Of the 4.6 million hits that pertained to or mentioned Blogging Etiquette, I visited I guess maybe 5. More than enough to realize that change has happened but nothing really new other than the good form one should practice when Facebook Liking, Tweeting, RSS-ing, and using permalinks. Nothing to do with me I thought. I don't tweet, I don't like Facebook, and what the Hell is RSS and permalinks anyway? If I don't know about them, they must not be a problem.
I only began this investigation after once more fielding some wonderful comments on my timeless post "Wingers with Woodies", the post that keeps on giving. Apparently some of my recent visitors to that post have not read or maybe comprehended some of the basic rules of civilized interactions we bloggers of experience have come to take for granted.
If the basic rules I just re-read are to be followed, it is bad form to call the writer of the post a "Crotch Face" or "Mac-scum", or one of my favorites, "Idiot". As I don't mind being called anything, I understand that many people out there get all flustered when being assaulted with abusive language. So when I visit someone's blog, I do try to fit in with the ongoing atmosphere. If it is a no holds barred blog, I hold no bars. If it is a polite, don't want to piss anyone off blog, I keep my ever ready nasty comments to myself. With this in mind, I have to say that no one who made derogatory comments on the Winger post was out of line. I started it and deserved every comment I received. I can swim with scum or dance with the civilized folk. And based on my profile picture, I can understand someone confusing my face for a crotch. And as to being an Idiot, well, I proudly go where smarter men fear to tread.
With all this information and data sifted, collated, and parked in the right spots, I continued my investigation into what polite bloggers do. I especially liked the one hint - "Do not be afraid to delete a derogatory comment. It is your blog and a derogatory comment can often undermine the conversation from more on topic comments."
"Hmm", I thought and looked at the ceiling. I noticed one of the ceiling tiles was cracked and uh, oh where was I? Oh Yeah, "Hmm", I thought. "It is indeed my blog. I can do anything I want." I choose to leave the nasty comments because they point up just how insane people get when one of their heroes is slighted. If I am going to post obnoxious posts, I should be stand up and publish obnoxious comments also. To only let the choir sing would be dishonest. If I pissed someone off then I should let everyone know it. It's the least I can do.
Keep it 'tween the ditches.......................................