My off-blog friends would probably tell you I'm just as unfiltered in real life but a lot less cranky than I appear online. There is a fine line between being sharp-tongued and being a loose cannon. My frankness sometimes attracts the mentally iffy who mistake a pointed discussion for an opportunity to unleash all of their pent-up crazy.
I have one long-time commenter who has always been more than a little "bless her heart." Not long ago she started attacking other commenters. I refused to publish those hateful little missives, because I'm very protective of my Dumplings. Recently, the crazy ratcheted up so high I didn't feel I could publish any of her comments, semi-lucid or otherwise.
Now, I receive delightful daily messages threatening to never comment again (please follow through on that):
I am trying one more time! I have left 7 posts....(Don't think they have been offensive; but not one has been posted! Maybe you don't want to hear from me!
Here is another try!
Your commenters are the funniest people EVER! They all belong o SaturdayNightLive! [sic]
that newspaper wallpapered bathroom is a new low in "ideas"! Just my opinion! [sic]
I am just glad you posted it so that those hilarious comments came forth! Maybe that is your goal? I thought so from the get-go!
But then nary one of my comments has ever been posted!
Are you "Decorno" reincarnated? She was hilarious....and she hated me. she had a GREAT blog! And then stopped!
If you are; just let me know; I will stop wasting my time commenting. Not one single comment is published! I didn't think any were offensive....but if you are "decor" every word I said was offensive! [sic]
Please let me know....I will stop wasting my time typing!!!!
I don't even know why I bother commenting. Not one comment in 3 months has been published so far as I can tell! [Her last comment was published five weeks ago.]
this is my last foray! [sic]
I am a Grandma (they all call me Granny); and this border is beyond ugly.
I love wallpaper borders that go around the ceiling...around windows; even around ceilings and down walls in corners!! this one is a loser looks old and tired and pathetic! [sic]
If you didn't want me to post.....I wish you had written me and asked me not to! I have wasted time and ideals....and nary one single published! Oh well! Tah tah for now! [I received two comments from her this morning even though I've not posted in three days.]
By any chance were you ever DECORNO????
She hated me so much! (I have no idea why!)
I love your blog; and I love your comments! They are the funniest!
I often wonder what the crazy people did before the internet. Just drive their family and neighbors nuts? Did they feel unduly constrained by society's requirements for decorum, wanting to break free and let their personality disorders fly? Did they join their first online forum and shout to no one in particular "FINALLY!!!!!!!"? (They do enjoy their punctuation.)
Dumplings, a "Penny" for your thoughts. If you blog, have you run into commenters who could use their own personal pharmacist? How do you handle them?