One thing I enjoy about blogging is the concept of comments. When I read other blogs, I leave comments when a post speaks to me. I also am thankful for those who leave comments on my blog. I have received amazing support and encouragement from family and the genealogy community through the comments on my blog.
This week I have been grappling with what to do when you receive inappropriate comments on your blog. A not so Anonymous person has used my blog to express her personal problems. This is my blog so I have removed the content. I respect Anonymous’ 1st Amendment Rights to free speech so I am going to suggest she start her own blog to tell her story.
I have to admit there is a part of me that just wants to put this not so Anonymous person on blast. When it comes down to it, I just really don’t care to reciprocate the hate I have read this week. I want to teach my children to be kind, truthful, and tolerant of others so I must lead by example.
I have the comments on my blog set up to make it as easy, inviting, and accessible as possible. I do not want have a feeling of censorship on my blog but I feel that the best solution in this situation is to start moderating incoming comments. I promise to stay on top of my blog and post your comments as soon as possible.
Last night I realized that the inappropriate comments are also a genealogy lesson. I need to be sure to find as many sources of information about my ancestors as possible . It is important to remember that a story may be biased in a positive or negative direction depending on who has told the story. I continually strive to do my ancestors justice and portray them accurately. I know that this involves telling all stories from the happy to the scandalous and everything in between.