The blogging world is big.
It takes many different kinds of people with many different opinions.
I understand that lots of people won't agree with mine.
Especially if I refer to something controversial.
If you are willing to "go there" then I think you basically putting yourself out there for some criticism.
That is why you won't see me writing about politics (yawn… too boring anyhow) or subjects closer to my heart (right to choose, hunting, gun control, gay rights, etc).
I know that not everyone will agree with me and I don't want to deal with the fallout.
If however, you are a blogger that decides to put it out there that your daughter is excited about shooting her first deer maybe you should be prepared that some other people will not view this as a good thing and may respond by writing the comment,
"I am so saddened to hear that shooting a deer is a right of passage in today's world. Hugely disappointing. Just the thought of it makes my heart heavy."
Seriously I still cry when I see Bambi.
You might not want to respond like this,
"Our family eats every bit of meat. We don't shoot any animal for the sake of shooting it. It saves us money & is much healthier to eat meat that isn't fed hormones and God knows what else. If you are a vegetarian, then I understand your comment, but if you eat any sort of meat then you jaded by how horrible animals are treated and killed in slaughter houses. If it weren't for hunters, the deer population would suffer because there would be too many and would die a slow death of hunger. I ask that you get educated before commenting rude things on my site. I strive to keep things positive and don't judge others in blog comments. It's disrespectful to judge me or anyone else without knowing the facts. Thank you. "
Yes I am a vegetarian.
Yes I have an opinion.
No I wasn't being rude.
Yes I said it made me unhappy.
It still does.
Not everyone is going to like your opinion.
Not everyone is going to like mine.
But people still have them.
I don't feel bad about the comment I made.
And I don't feel bad that I went out of my way to make the comment.
I feel sad for the animals.
That can't be a bad thing.
Overall I find this blogger to be warm and sweet. An easy-going blog.
I will never agree with her on this subject.
I might add that she sent me another email apologizing for being defensive and not respecting my opinion more but she still felt that I was unfairly judging her, her family and her beliefs.
What do you do when a blogger mentions a subject close to your heart that you strongly disagree with?
Do you do what she suggested to me and simply move on without commenting?
Or as she also suggested, simply make a comment that will make them feel better regardless of the fact?
This isn't just about OMG Fashun.
Is there anything real anymore?
Or so we simply go through life trying to placate each other?