One of the beauties of comments is that you get to hear feedback from others very quickly about what you write. However, it can also cause anguish and pain when commenters get nasty. It's rare for someone with a known identity (even if it's a psuedonym) to get really nasty as they are "known" and have a reputation to protect.
However, with the Anonymous commenter, they are able to write pretty much what they wish without fear of retribution. Often, people will want the Anonymous person to confess up to their true identity, as it seem cowardly to hide behind this Anonymous tag and throw stones at people. I don't need to know who these Anonymous people are but I do agree with others in that I feel slightly vulnerable. I post my full name, photos of myself and details events in my life. But that's how I've chosen to communicate with others, I want to share these information so cannot then change my mind when someone else makes fun of it.
I've recently got some Anonymous comments on my post about Bar Lourinha. Nothing good has come out of that innocent restaurant review. First Matt McConnell sends me an email threatening to sue me and now this Anonymous commenter who clearly has something against me. Although, in the Anonymous commenter case, it hasn't been all made. What they have made me realise when I read back on the post from more than a year ago, is how much more I've learnt about food since and how I do much more research into posts before putting it up on the web. My speeling and gramar is still such as bad as I don't doble chek it.
The Anonymous commenter is probably reading this and smiling that he/she has been able to get me to write a whole post about him/her. Well, they can smile all they want. I just wish to discuss this topic as it's an interesting exploration in the psyche of why people post critical Anonymous comments and I want to talk about it. By chance, I happen to just read The Gobblers post today about the exact same topic.
I, like the Gobbler, do not mind differing opinions to mine. I draw the line when I get insulted for having an opinion. This hasn't really happened with my current Anonymous commenter, with the worse being called "idiot" in another comment. Otherwise, in all the other posts in which they've posted comments, I don't really mind. In fact, some comments are funny and I laugh even.
My point of view is that if they can be bothered to go to all the effort of reading my posts to try and pick up tiny errors or things to criticse about, I'm more than happy. That means they read everything I've wanted to pass on to others, which is the whole purpose of this blog anyway. What their reasons for posting as Anonymous are theirs and theirs alone. It could be insecurity, or wanting to not have people speak to them in real life about their opinion, retribution, affecting their real jobs and a number of different other reasons.
For my part, I have to try and not take offence to most things. It's easier said than done, but it's a challenge. You can't have the pros of having comments so that you can discuss things with others, and also stop people from saying what they want to say. I will only draw the lines if totally unrelated insults are thrown at me for no apparent reasons, in which case I will just delete the comment. After all, this is still my blog, and that is one power I have over the Anonymous commenter.