Lately there seems to have been a surge in the bullying of bloggers. Apparently a few of my colleagues (one in particular) have been experiencing some serious verbal attacks from people hiding behind a keyboard.
When I first started writing, I got a lot of negative comments from someone who not only called the Catholic Church the "whore of Babylon" (how original!), but literally wrote pages and pages in the comment box which included numerous links to sites that "proved" I was wrong to believe in my faith.
I actually got the nerve to click on one of those sites and my mouth dropped open when I got there. I can't even begin to explain what was on that site. All I knew for sure was that the FBI was now following me around on the internet!
After about the third time the person spewed their hatred on my post, I got nervous. I copied everything and emailed it to the "boss" here at ChicagoNow. He emailed me back and told me it was all spam and I should delete it. I can do that? Suddenly, I had the power! I deleted the comment and when my Catholic-hating friend irately returned for more (how dare I delete their post from MY blog?), I not only deleted their comment, I banned them. I have not had to do that since.
I don't think anyone minds if you disagree with them, but when you use words to threaten people by telling them you know where they live and how many kids they have while you sit safely behind your computer, well you have lowered yourself beyond belief. You are a coward behind a keyboard.