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Some of my friends had fun with it for a little while going on about #marthawouldnotapprove until Roni asked them to stop, which was fine too. I didn't care much about them hurting "Martha's" feelings, but it wasn't helping to portray our group in a better light.
There is a Hans Christian Anderson story called "The Snow Queen" that starts with a wicked sprite:
One day he was in a very good humor, for he had made a mirror with the power of causing all that was good and beautiful when it was reflected therein, to look poor and mean; but that which was good-for-nothing and looked ugly was shown magnified and increased in ugliness. In this mirror the most beautiful landscapes looked like boiled spinach, and the best persons were turned into frights, or appeared to stand on their heads; their faces were so distorted that they were not to be recognised; and if anyone had a mole, you might be sure that it would be magnified and spread over both nose and mouth.There are people who read blogs and feel very funny and clever because they can hold a mirror like this up to bloggers they dislike and make them look ridiculous. There are also people who get genuinely frustrated because they see people making choices that go against their stated goals, and express this frustration in away that comes across as harsh and not constructive.
I know that this is just a fact of life online, but it's sad that the honesty and vulnerability that makes blogs really helpful to read also leaves people open to attack. Some of my favorite bloggers have stopped posting much about their personal lives because they got so many mean comments that they just couldn't handle it, and that's a shame, because I loved their voices and their posts. Now they post about trivial things or not at all. An author I love, John Green, recently had an even worse experience, dealing with slanderous and unfounded accusations from anonymous jerks.
I don't have a great wrap-up for this post but I would definitely recommend that you let bloggers you love to read know that you support them with a comment or email now and then. We can't let the haters win.