There is so much to learn from observation. Here in the Blogosphere that is especially true. For example, I have only been a member of the blogging community for about 1 month now(anniversary in 3 days), and in this relatively short amount of time I have seen some STUFF. I’ve seen a number of blogs where the authors have been attacked and disrespected on their own sites. Let me be clear, I’m not referring to any comments that simply express disagreement with the author’s view, I’m talking about comments of the bullying kind.
Whenever you have an individual who dominates a blogger’s comments section with name-calling and disparaging remarks to the point that the blogger expresses distress, or whenever a commenter lacks the decency to disagree respectfully while speaking out on someone else’s blog, and persists in launching meaningless attacks over and again, it’s not a debate, it’s a shameless act of blog-bullying, plain and simple. I hate to see it, in the same way I’m outraged when I see bullying in the physical world, and I’m doing my best to make sure that I don’t fall prey to this ugly practice.
Part of my study includes observing those bloggers who just ain’t having it. I’m a believer in learning from the pros, and here in the Blogosphere there are people who behave like sharks, others like victims, and still others like shark-fighters. For that matter, there are bathers of all types swimming in the pool. I’m taking it all to the bank. I’m making this my classroom, and I’m cashing in on every lesson.
As a student, I like to read the opinions of other bloggers, I enjoy getting honest feedback, and hearing suggestions, so by all means talk to me. I’m open, both to encouragement and to disagreement, but know that This Be My House, and if you happen to be one of those to disrespectful individuals that I described above, if you’re picturing yourself coming into my house to try and rip me or any of my visitors to shreds, then you might as well not even bother, because you won’t be doing that here. I always do my homework. As soon as you make contact with me, I start studying you. If you behave like a shark, you are not welcome in my house.