Thursday, January 11, 2007

No Fear

Well I've finally had to give in to the option of monitoring all comments on my blog, something I have always been hesitant to do because of my belief in freedom of expression and my liberal attitude on censorship. But dear anonymous has forced my hand this morning. A half dozen insane comments on my little list of personal beliefs has led to this reaction. It doesn't make me happy because it means a bit more work on my part by having to monitor comments but I will not have my blog be a forum for someone else's hatred and illogical ranting.
Hatred is based on fear and fear is based on a lack of education. There is a lot of hatred in the Balkans and I won't have it here no matter what it stems from. Anonymous has vented so many types of fears/hatreds that I wouldn't know where to begin to address his/her problem. Agism, sexism, racism, etc- they're all forms of fear. I don't live my life in fear and I am truly sorry for anyone who does. It must be a terrible way to live.
I love my life. I love the choices I have made. I love the things I believe in. I love Albania and the Albanians, but I also love Croatians, Macedonians, Americans, Mexicans and Martians. The only way to bring peace to this planet is through love. Obviously hatred isn't working.
So challenge me if you will, but here I stand.

13 comments:

swissmiss said...

Well I'm sorry you have to take on the burden of moderation, but you have to take a stand. Your blog is a bit like your living room and I figure you can't have people saying things on your blog you wouldn't let them get away with in your house.

Maybe after some time passes you could lift the moderation, to make your life easier??

ITS said...

Hey Kim,

I am sorry some coward upset you through the anonymous comments. I think you rock!

So, keep rocking on!

christina said...

I'm sorry that someone with an attitude like that has forced you into this. They should be ashamed of themselves.

jo domosdoshmerisht said...

I read your blog often and would like to encourage you to not give in the ignorant comments of others.
'njatjeta!

Ll.T. said...

Now I'm curious to see what prompted this "censure" :)

Personally I'm a big believer in keeping blog visitors on a tight leash; there are a lot of people who'd like to/can trash a blog in just minutes if they're given free rein so "censure" is unavoidable.

Keep writing.

Ms Mac said...

The internet is a wonderful thing except when it gives cowards the opportunity to attack under the blanket of anonymity. Offensive anonymous commenters should never be paid any mind.

oreneta said...

Sorry you had to go there, I saw one of anonymous' posts and I can see why. Good post.

Turtle Guy said...

Frustrating! The worst I've had to contend with is those crazy spam bots... ugg!!

I wish you well for 2007! (and I hope to be back around a little more often, too!)

Owen said...

S/he left a nasty over at Ed's blog after Ed talked about his stay with you in Tirana. The only positive way to look at it is that you're helping the poor creature get something out of his/her system.

[Don't know if that went through - hope this isn't a repetition, delete if it is]

varske said...

Keep up the good work and don't let anyone spoil it for you.

K-Dot said...

'Anonymous' could at lease thave the guts to sign in. It is vary easy to talk trash when you have the ability to hide behind 'anonymous.'

James said...

I agree. All ya' need is love! ;)

Ginnie said...

You go, Girl!