Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Rant

*WARNING: Anyone who is easily offended or wishes to retain some nice thoughts of me may wish to skip this post all together. I'm about to get nasty!*

I'm gonna take a minute and rant. I haven't had many thoughts lately and so haven't been blogging. But when I came across this comment on a beloved author's blog, I was disgusted, appalled and furious. The author had posted a funny video that pokes a little fun at computers and why people may not read. Here was this jerk's comment:

"Yeah a funny video, but basically a waste of time. Hey, are you aware of the amount of times you use the word "I", "me" and "my" on your websites? No wish to be rude, but maybe you should try and sorta be more aware of other folk on your blog sites other than publicising yourself and your books own gain? Dammit, I mean, you're supposed to be a Christian, aren't you? I see very little here that would be of any advantage to anything or anyone but yourself. I don't wish to offend you, but as a Christian myself, I'm shocked by your total and utter lack of anything here that would be of advantage to anyone but you. Think about it and perhaps do something useful with your websites."

I'm sorry, did I miss something here??? I was under the impression that a blog is a place where someone can voice their thoughts, their feelings and details about their life!! Isn't that the whole point?? Obviously this person thinks the comments section is a place where HE can voice HIS!

And, yes, it was a "he", though I strongly question his proclaimed "Christianity"! More like pompous, religious, holier-than-thou, self-absorbed jerk!! Way to show some brotherly love! (sarcasm, sarcasm) I was under the impression that as Christians we are to love one another as Christ first loved us. It's that whole "love thy neighbor as yourself" bit!

And may I just say, he has some nerve, to suggest that someone should make their blog and/or website about "others". Hmmmmm, "others" being HIM??? What audacity!

Now, I'm gonna point something else out. When I visit an author's website or blog I'm EXPECTING to find information on THEM and THEIR LIFE and THEIR WORK!! I want to know a little more about them and the books they write. It's interesting to read about their journies, successes and, sometimes, failures. That's the whole point of a website!! TO SHOW PEOPLE THEMSELVES!! You'd think that would be obvious to a living, breathing person with at least 14 brain cells in their head! 'Course, maybe I should give the guy a break; he may only have 13 cells left!! And he probably used those precious few to write that garbage!

Now, am I being any nicer? No. But as my children would say, "he started it!" And since this is MY blog, I'm going to post MY feelings. He chose to use his voice to insult and criticize where he had NO CALL! His arguments are petty, childish and completely WRONG! They don't even make sense!! It's A BLOG and A WEBSITE!! Sheesh. Need I say more??!

Well, I'm going to. I was so furious when I read his comment I decided to click on his profile and find out who this guy was! And guess what? It came up "User Profile Unavailable". Surprised? I wasn't. Apparently along with being a complete jerk, he's also a coward! Doesn't even have the strength to stand behind his comments. He'd rather do it from afar. Well, I was certainly not surprised, though I was angry.

Also, remember this line, "I see very little here that would be of any advantage to anything or anyone but you"? I'm sorry, is he looking for some help? May I suggest he pick up a self-help book? Or perhaps see a professional?

I also want to say that this author handled the conflict with grace and smarts. Her reply:

"D****, that post made it pretty clear that you do wish to offend me. But taking offense is my choice, and I'm not in the mood to do that today.;-)Maybe you'd be happier reading somebody else's blog."

Now that takes class.


Becky said...

Shauna, I heartily agree! I even sent an e-mail to that same author to applaud her for handling the comment so graciously, as I didn't want her to be discouraged by what one schmuck said when so many others enjoy her blog.

And bless her heart...she replied back, "I hope the people who see his message will take a minute to pray for him and then remember to be nicer, themselves, to everyone on the internet." She truly is a gracious Christian lady. My admiration and respect continue to grow for her.

Marianne Arkins said...

oh, good for her... I don't know if I would have been so gracious.

Of COURSE blogs and websites are about us. Sheesh...

The Daily "B" said...

Truly infuriating! What does he expect when reading Someone else's blog? Looks like he was trying to pick a fight... but he didn't get one from her!

Jenster said...

What nerve!! He obviously has no idea what a blog is.

I don't know who the author is, either, but I can tell you I like her immensely! What a class act.

BTW - I'm not exactly sure why, but I thoroughly enjoyed your rant. It made me smile. LOL Something wrong with me maybe??

Shauna said...

Becky, she is great, isn't she? And thank you for the reminder that I need to pray for him. When I read that, I immediately took a few minutes to say a prayer for him. Obviously he has problems. ;-)

Marianne, I guess it's pretty obvious I'm not that gracious. Though, had the comments been directed at me, I'm not sure what I would have done. ;-)

Deb, he obviously has something twisted there. They're BLOGS! And, I sound feisty, but these are some of the "nasty thoughts" I normally keep to myself. This time, though, I was sufficiently riled! LOL!

Jenster, LOL! Thank you for your comment. I wasn't sure anyone would like me after they read this post. LOL!