Most of us blog anonymously.
We have names or handles which hide us from view or at least muddy the waters a bit and in so doing it gives us a freedom that we don't always enjoy. It allows us to say things and write things that perhaps we wouldn't be able to do if people knew who we really are. It also allows us to be judged on our actions not on what we look like or how we speak.
And it is open to abuse.
Such is the price of freedom.
I wouldn't have it any other way believe me I value my freedom.
So when I get a horrid comment from an anonymous blogger I have to remember it is but a small price. We can all get righteously indignant and demand that something is done but as long as no one is physically hurt or hounded or incited to do violence to others, the odd nasty comment should be seen as a medal of honour and worn proudly in remembrance of the freedoms we all share.
Don't get me wrong it is a fine line and each individual will have to judge the problem in their own way and act accordingly. I decided not to allow this particular comment to be available to all because it was nasty and was meant to cause harm to a vulnerable group in society. That was my call to make.
Much of the time those anonymous bloggers who deliberately go out to hurt, humiliate or to just poisonously rant make themselves look idiotic and frequently quite pitiful. We do not need to draw further attention to them by giving them more airspace by getting upset on twitter or other forums thus playing into their hands.
Much of the time we can just skim over and carry on as if they did not exist.
They long to enter into a "conversation" so deny them the openings. Frustrate their pretestations by ignoring them.Remove the oxygen of self publicity by pressing the delete button.
And occasionally leave their comments so people can see how truly silly they are.