I’ll admit it, I was never a huge fan of Knife Catchers, I occassionally read it and enjoyed the snark, but I didn’t follow it on a regular basis. However, I was disappointed to read on Michele Ellson’s site that the blog owner, L. Opine, has shut down the site, seemingly for good.
When reading this initially, I had assumed, like probably most people that she shut it down because of a potential lawsuit, however, according to L. Opine herself, she wrote in Michele E.’s comments the reason why she shut it down was:
…No lawsuit, just threatening idiocy from some realtors, and general tiredness about having to explain what I wrote over and over to people who were too willing to cling to their erroneous interpretation of what I wrote, or why I did what I did.
I didn’t shut down comments because of people disagreeing with me. I shut down comments because that particular post specifically said something like “this is a fact-based thread; you’re free to disagree as long as you support your assertions with hard data.” Instead people kept repeating intuitions with no supporting facts, and when called on it, they cried censorship and said I couldn’t handle disagreement. So the discussion devolved into insults about my tone and attitude, and frankly I’m not willing to tolerate people insulting my on my own blog. After I shut down the comments, the idiots tracked me down and insulted me over email.
So I just had enough and pulled the plug…
For those who enjoy the drama, here is the cached version of her last post — not the one that generated so much heat — but the farewell one with lots of people asking her to reconsider her decision to close down the blog.
Here’s a piece of unsolicited advice to L. Opine from one blog owner to another. If you are going to run a blog that sets the tone with snark, you sort of have to expect the same in your comments section. At times people are going to go after you and unfortunately it’s not all shits and giggles. Sometimes it’s just eye roll worthy and can go up to being really hurtful and personal. The best thing to do when getting a really insulting comment is to walk away. Literally, step away from the blog and computer and walk it off. Don’t respond, it’s not worth it. People who appreciate your work see the value in what you do and a few one off random insulting comments from someone with a bone to pick is not going to diminish you.
Also, rise above it. Try not to respond like for like if people are lobbing personal insults at you. Don’t call them “idiots,” etc… you can respond back in your patented snarky way, but don’t give folks ammunition to say, “well you called me a so and so, so it’s only fair if I call you a blah blah blah.”
So, L. Opine, even though you loathe my neighborhood with every fiber of your being and have said some uncomfortably snarky stuff about Bayport, I enjoyed your blog and hope that you will reconsider. If you ever need someone to walk off insulting comments with, drop me a line, we can compare notes.