A friend of mine wrote a posting about the need to remain civil in the blogosphere...that this is a small world and knitbloggers are a tight-knit community thereof.
Within the comments to her post were a number of people who would have me believe that persons who frequent knitblogs are an uncharitable, uncaring, insult-hurling lot. And I am sure there are a number of people like that.
I'll admit, my first response was to write her and ask her if it was me. I mean, let's face it, I'm no saint. Even after she assured me that it wasn't me, I went back and read everything I've written here. And then I started reading the comments.
Even if there are a bunch of nasty arsemarmots out there trying to ruin a good thing, my experience of knitbloggers is that the vast majority -- 999 out of 1000, perhaps -- are the most wonderful, considerate, caring, forgiving, accepting, lovely people. (Yes, I'm talking about you -- don't blush. You know I am.)
I don't get a lot of negative comments on my blog. But if I do, I try to be honest and determine if it is deserved, if it is constructive, or if it is owned. (To paraphrase Abby Bartlett, "Don't bring me anonymous comments, C.J. Anonymous comments make me crazy.") If it isn't any of those three things, I delete it. And I don't feel bad.
And, while I admit to being a little harsh on Anna Nicole Smith's mother, and I have said some pretty strong things about some books or designs, upon review, I don't think there is much here that I wouldn't say in person.