Nearly a year ago I wrote a carefully worded open letter to The Pioneer Woman after outgrowing her blog & finding others that were more interesting and/or relevant to our lifestyle. A blog that is single-mindedly devoted to disliking her picked it up & linked to it. To be honest, I don't even read that blog because I found that it could be really mean-spirited at times.
As a result of being linked from that other blog, my one post about the Pioneer Woman gets more hits & comments than all my others combined. Some comments are supportive of my post, whose point was that I no longer found her relevant to my life and was moving on to blogs written by people I could identify with, while some comments are downright nasty.
The irony is that people have to go looking for the post to find it. My blog isn't exactly set up with SEO terms, nor is it in the top 100 search results.
Lately some of the negative comments have gotten ugly and personal. Commenters, many of them anonymous, have called me catty, jealous, insecure, a bully, a "hater", and more. Most of the time I just roll my eyes and wonder if they actually even read the damn post.
Today I went back and read it. I hadn't revisited it for quite a while. A year later, I still agree with what I wrote. I also believe that my opinion was carefully written without making any low blows at a fellow blogger.
Just this past weekend someone called me mean & accused my children of being bullies... how ironic given that the opening paragraph clearly stated I was childless. That commenter had on her personal profile that she works in education. I'm guessing that she didn't read my post, her reading comprehension must not be very high, or that she was so angry by the time she started reading that she could do little more than skim it.
Truth be told, the snarky, bitchy comments get to me sometimes. All comments are sent to my in-box, which helps me monitor them, and this morning I got a handful of Monday morning notifications about what a meanie head I am. It was (sarcasm) an awesome way to start my work week.
I'm debating taking the post down. I try hard to never "feed the trolls". I've allowed all the negative comments to remain on the thread and have never responded. Blogs are free speech both for me as the blogger, and for you as the reader, n'est-ce pas?
Maybe I should ask that other blog to remove the link from their site.
Maybe I should expound upon the caveat at the opening of the post (which starts "fans of the Pioneer Woman should stop reading now").
What advice do you have?