You’re going to do what to those blogs?
About a year and a half ago I did something in the blogosphere it took me a while to correct. I got wind of a devious plan where a group of bloggers would “comment bomb” a pre-selected blog. I didn’t partake in the group’s first attack, but I did see the fallout. This guy’s blog was ruined and he was forced to take it offline for a week or so. I was appalled by the whole thing and wanted nothing to do with this.
When I learned about their second attack, including the intended blog target, I attempted to contact the blog author in Germany. I sent her an email suggesting she turn off commenting for a couple days. Unfortunately she was out of town and thus away from her computer during their attack of her travel blog. During the “attack” I posed as an anonymous commenter and attacked those littering her blog with mean comments. I wasn’t nice in the least bit making rude comments to those offending participants. I didn’t think what those blogggers did was funny at all. I kept a low profile for a few days after it happened, but eventually fessed up to my blog meddling.
The group’s blog attacks continued on other blogs for a few more weeks (or maybe even months) and I got into a nasty circle of bloggers. I learned a lot about the underbelly of blogging. I made some rather unsettling discoveries during the months following my blog interference. Mainly I discovered what the New York Times refers to as blog nastiness in this article.
I’m not proud of my actions since I basically stooped to the level of the vicious bloggers by insulting them. For some reason I felt the need to stick my neck out and interrupt their plan, however it wasn’t the right thing to do. The NY Times article talks about potentially creating a code of conduct for bloggers. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Wait, I am. I think it stinks, but it’s good to know people are becoming more aware of the nastiness in the blogosphere.
Anyone can setup a blog. This is a beautiful thing and can also be a dangerous thing. Most of us put ourselves out there regularly because we like the feedback we get from “anonymous” bloggers around the world. It’s really good the status has improved over the past year or so. There was a rather bleak time when the bad vibes were almost overwhelming. I almost folded up shop forever because some guy was impersonating me, however I learned how to handle this nasty stuff. I know blogging is free speech so this issue has lots of gray area. Go ahead folks, take this topic wherever you want. What are your thoughts on the future of blogging?
Education is the key they say. I happen to believe this saying to be true. So without further ado, I’m resuscitating my French language blog. We’ll see how well I do with the updates and my ability to get audio added to these posts.
TODAY’S RULED OUT BABY NAMES: Leisel, Tonya, Chyna, Nadia, Marsha, and Sandy.