I’m a pretty laid back person, especially when it comes to the internet. They’re words. They only have power over me if I choose to LET them have power over me. Since I’ve made a commitment to not let the things people say get to me, I’ve hesitated to put a page like this on my blog, because I always come off as a whiny brat that can’t live by the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
But then I realized something. Words do have the power to hurt people, and my goal with this blog is to make it a safe haven for everyone to express their opinions without fear of getting bullied on the internet. Or trolled, or whatever word we’re using now. While I think people should take things said on the web with a grain of salt, I realize not everyone can. And that’s okay. It doesn’t make you weak, or inferior, or stupid. It makes you human. We all have our good days and our bad days, and its not fair to you to have to put up with insensitivity from other people simply because they’re sitting behind a computer screen.
So rules. I don’t like to make “rules.” We’re (mostly) all adults here, right? I prefer to think of them as guidelines on how to not be a giant douche waffle, and they are as follows:
1. Feel free to express your opinion, just do it respectfully. No name calling, no using foul language directed at someone. No talking down to people because you feel they’re stupid or won’t understand the message you are trying to convey. I moderate all comments, so any comments like this will NOT be approved. Leave enough of them, and I’ll have all your comments marked as spam and sent directly to my spam folder. Don’t pass go, don’t collect $200.
2. I have a contact page. You can find it HERE. It is 100% anonymous, and gets delivered directly to my email. While I have no control over what is posted there, I would like to request that you follow the guidelines in # 1. Also, if you DO send nasty, disrespectful, or hurtful bull shit through there, I DO reserve the right to post it publicly to my blog and respond how I see fit.