On the whole - with a couple of exceptions - all you bloggers are an encouraging and friendly lot. Even the ones who complain of boredom or offensive language seem to come back for more, but I know that compulsion. When someone consistently irritates you (or me) it takes more effort than one might think to walk away and never return. The old answer about 'there is always an off button' does not work for the TV or radio, so why should it apply here?
Some people just cannot help being irritating to others (I include myself) even if they have no deliberate intention of being so, but it is rare that I stop following them because I cannot stand to be irritated any longer. I have only done this once, but the ignored one still comes back to comment here, and I still over-react to his facile observations with a sort of cyber-slap to the face. If I met such a person in the pub (and I meet many - pubs are renowned for them) I walk away. If that does not work, then I say - as politely as possible - that I may become offensive if they continue to talk to me, and that it is my sincere wish that I avoid this situation. If they persist, I tell them to fuck off.
Life is too short for A: getting bored in pubs, B: getting bored online, and C: 'Comment Moderation'.
There are some really nice people here who write very pleasant posts, but they insist on vetting any comments left on them, just in case they do not like what is said. Of all the people who put up posts on this blog facility, they are the least likely to get nasty comments by trolls, so why do they insist on moderation?
I often forget that before I can publicly compliment them on how lovely their Springer Spaniel looks as he runs through the long grass, or how absolutely delicious their latest batch of cup-cakes look - yummy! - my compliment has to be approved of by the blog owner, and I never return to the same post to see my comment in print.
I leave them alone for a few weeks, then I forget all about it and write something nice on their latest post, only to be met - again - by a curt message saying that my comment 'will be visible after the administrator's approval'. Then I feel like an idiot for forgetting the terms and conditions. I want instant gratification. I want to express unconditional love.
Come on - take it on the chin like the rest of us.
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