Part of having such a public online persona is dealing with assholes, but because I’m not a fancy celebrity or get super controversial, that’s never really been an issue.
Until now. For no apparent reason. Seriously. It’s over grammar.
Today I received this comment on my post about developing a writing style:
“Remember, unless your a New York Times blogger” no wonder you couldn’t hack it in book publishing. ever heard of proofreading? also, i checked out your other posts and your writing style is incredibly sloppy.
My first instinct was to delete the offending comment, but if you go to the post you’ll see it’s still there.
I’d like to point out a few things, in no particular order. Sloppy or not, here it goes:
1. Bite me.
2. The comment is anonymous, the name listed as XX. Obviously our little friend knew he/she was being a total dick and opted to not reveal their name. Know what we call that? A wuss.
3. I MADE A FUCKING TYPO. And my blog isn’t the New York Times. It’s not a fancy publication. My readers are in their 20s and if they want presentable news they can go somewhere else. You want legit advice and observations about blogging and careers, you come here. I don’t have time to proofread every post more than once. I write for other publications where that’s important.
4. Learn to capitalize, Grammar Nazi.
5. Didn’t hack it in book publishing? Um. Do your research. I’m awesome.
6. His/her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to email.
7. Aspiring editor. Aspiring. And what do you do? What’s your blog traffic? Did I ask you to bite me yet?
My email response to our friendly neighborhood asshole:
If you have constructive criticism, it’s always welcome, but your sweeping, accusatory comment is in no way helpful. Being incredibly mean for no reason other than maliciousness isn’t the most productive use of your time. If you don’t like my blog, don’t read it.
What do you guys think? Did I handle this right? Am I overreacting? Why the hell do people do things like that?