10 March 2009
screw that- forget about the rhyme! just go away, already! really troll, you are not wanted here. we do not like and do not want.
today, during my morning blog reading while waiting for my coffee to kick in, i saw a post by a good blogging friend regarding a negative comment she received on a perfectly innocuous and entertaining post. said follow-up post generated a big ol' flame war, which i stupidly participated in (i'm a big believer in sticking up for my friends), and things got nasty, but now i find myself asking "why"?
why would anyone visit another's blog to post nasty things? why invest the time and energy? if you think design blogging is self-absorbed and frivolous, why even visit our world? why not just keep your opinion to yourself, and move on? obviously, we find our blogs to be a great outlet for discussing our passion (or as in our particular case, discussing our passion AND our clearly superior design skilz). we like what we talk about- a lot- so if you don't, please stay away. you are not welcome at our party.
so let me be clear- i will NOT post negative comments referring to any living person on this blog, and will ALWAYS have comment moderation enabled in order to prevent it. criticize suzanis all you like, but when it comes to the people who love suzanis, save your breath. not gong to happen here. ever. if you want to start an "i hate maison21" blog of your own, go for it- it's a free country and i absolutely believe in freedom of speech, so i would never dream of censoring your right to publish such a blog (though i might sue you if it's libelous), but i won't allow your negativity here, and i certainly won't visit any blog that promotes such, either. DO. NOT. WANT.
which brings me to my second point- i recently had the non-privilege of discovering a blog doing exactly what i just described- hating on fellow design bloggers. again, i would ask, why? life is tough enough, do we need to be hating on something we love? we should be thrilled that there are so many design blogs out there with so many divergent voices, and we should actively encourage others to share their love of design with us- even if we don't agree with the particular blogger's point of view, or how they express said view. like your mama told you- if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all, or in this case, if you don't like the blog, don't visit it. easy enough, right?
last, to those who have blogs making fun of others, as well as those blogs that encourage such activities in their comment sections (you know who you are), and to the all the people who take time out of their busy days to leave negative comments, i ask you to please remember that there is a real person behind every blog, and that real people have real feelings- why would you want to intentionally hurt another person's feelings? i know that most of the people who leave rude comments over the internets would never dream of doing so in real life- but the thing is, the internets are real too, and even the most thick-skinned of us can get hurt. so just don't do it, k? there are better hobbies. really.
let's stay positive, have fun and IGNORE THE TROLLS. you are not wanted here. now, back to some self-absorbed and frivolous design...
*troll doll photo courtesy of the otherwhirled.
Posted by christian may at 3/10/2009