Thursday, May 12, 2011

To My Troll, With Love

Just wanted to take a break from packing to let everyone who reads this know that someone posted a comment on my last post that said, and I quote because it's eloquent, "this blog remains terrible." They didn't capitalize or use proper punctuation, and honestly, that hurts my feelings even though the comment itself doesn't. What exactly are our schools teaching these days? Oh, usage and grammar. How I will miss you when you're gone.

Since I do comment moderation, I didn't post that comment. And I thought about letting sleeping trolls lie, but I do want to remind my new "fan" of a few things:

1. I don't write this blog for anyone but myself. It's my therapy, my sanity-saver, and a way of using my brain in a productive manner those rare times when I realize there's nothing good on TV. It's meant for my entertainment, not necessarily yours. I don't write for you, so I honestly don't care whether you think it's good, bad, or indifferent. My readers are mostly my friends and family who just check in to see what I'm up to and take it for what it is: an amateur blog written by someone who just loves to write. Why do you check in? Run out of puppies to kick?

2. If it remains terrible...why on earth do you keep checking back? You, sir, need a different past time besides looking for people who are inferior to you so that you can feel better about what, apparently, is a miserable, cold existence.

3. No matter what you say, even if no one is reading me, I will continue to write this. Because I love to write. Not because I want fame or fortune or to be published someday. Not because I am some egotistical pseudo-intellectual who thinks the world needs to hear my ramblings in order to keep spinning in its axis. If I have one reader, great! If I have no readers...also great! As far as pasttimes go, amateur, unpublicized blogging is about as harmless as playing golf or growing tomatoes. Plenty of people do those things for fun, too, and some aren't so good at them. And yet...they do them anyway. Even when that little voice in their heads says, after a putt that goes waaaay long--"Dude, you suck at this." And you know what? Those people, who do things for fun and not because they're great at them, those people are happy. And they probably don't go around commenting anonymously on blogs to make themselves feel superior to someone. Just sayin'.

4. And takes a lot of courage to post anonymous comments, doesn't it? Not so proud of your comments that you're willing to log on with your Google account, are you? If you really feel like trying to cut me down (and you haven't, but you have pissed me off with your smugness, which is the ugliest of all traits, really) , let me know who you are. It's the brave, respectable thing to do. Which is probably why you won't ever do it. Because it's so much easier to throw stones with a mask on, isn't it?

So you continue to have fun your way (anonymous trolling, which, as everyone knows, is soooo cool) and I will continue to have fun mine (writing terrible blogs that I apparently force you to read--insert evil laugh here!) Haters gotta hate, writers gotta write.

Now, back to moving my life.


DRoss said...

A-hem . . . “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls [Trolls] who know neither victory nor defeat.”
-- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of US (1858 - 1919) "Man in the Arena" Speech given April 23, 1910

Needless to say, I think Cranky's blog is Damn Fine. And President Roosevelt didn't use the word Trolls. I threw that in myself.

DRoss said...

I suppose it also bears pointing out that Teddy was an orator more than writer. Any respectable copy-editor would've broken up that second point into (several) sentences. Helluva speech, though.

You can see why Cranky and I get along so well.

Library Lady said...

DRoss-I love you. The end.

corycaleb said...

I, for one, enjoy reading the blog - and I am not afraid to say my name or that I do check in every so often to see what's going on in the Life 'O Cranky. Down with evil trolls - and keep writing (there are people out there entertained by your sense of humor)!

Karen said...

Ummm...I think your blog rocks. Just sayin'. :)