Apparently last night, while I was offline, I received my first negative comment on this blog. Ordinarily I would not post someone's comment like this on my blog. Yes, even if it was negative and nasty. But you see, this comment is not from a real person. Yes, the person who left the comment exists somewhere, but not in this identity.* Huh? You see I was feeling a tad bit upset that someone was offended about my previous post about spam, so I went to click on the link to visit their site and see who I had offended and to say I was sorry if they were offended by the way that I expressed my views. I clicked on the link to be taken to http://lollygirlxxxx4.blogspot.com. And this is what I found. Hmmm... A blank page. How curious. So I looked at the page source. For those who don't know looking at a page source on blogger, you may be able to find the person's blog ID number. Then you can view their profile, if it is public, along with any other blogs they publish (or are group blogs they are on) associated with that ID. This is what popped up. Does anyone see something that is a little bit off? Look closer. I didn't find any blog ID number, but I did see a link that when I read it too quickly caused me to pause. Yes, I thought that there were some extra letters in that end link. Wouldn't that be too funny. Someone who claimed to be offended by my post, would in turn be linking to something someone else might, themselves, find offensive. I did look at the ISP for the poster. (As apparently they keep track of such things when you post comments, hey, who knew?) What I did find out was that the person is using cox.net. I'll let you make of that what you will. Let other "sick and perverted"** minds link that together with the spam. Go on, I dare ya. You are either rolling on the floor with laughter right now, or rolling your eyes in disgust. What's the point about this whole thing? Yes, I was upset that someone was offended. I could have just let the whole thing slide. You know, being American and getting the "freedom of speech/religion/opinion/etc." stuff spoon fed to me as a child. But something in me felt that I had to apologize for my opinion***. What in the world? Looking at the whole situation, I know I am taking it too personally, but it is hard not to do so. But this hiding of identity, hiding behind anonymous names or dead end links with made up identities, could be construed as offensive. Dang it. Maybe I am the one who should be offended. That the person posting felt that they had to comment, yet not be honest about saying hey this opinion is mine, this is who I am. More than likely this was just a random visitor to the blog, having clicked on the next blog link no doubt. So they may never come here to read this bit of insane ranting. (I call it as I see it.) But if they ever do wander back this way... Let me just say that I post, I comment and I do so as me. I may use an online name to do so, but everything I do online is connected to this name, this identity. It is a part of me, and I represent myself in the blindingly horrible oh-my-god-I-can't-look-away-from-this-horror-of-a-wreck that comprises my life. Even with this name I am me, and I am not ashamed of it or myself. And if I ever get the chance to post on your blog, I will do so as me with a link leading not to a dead end, but to a life, lived in unabashed pride in the "sick and perverted"-ness of it all. *Since the URL appears to lead to a dead end, I am posting it. Seeing as how this person will not receive any nasty comments or emails in turn. Hiding behind a wall as it were, they will not be getting pelted with rotten tomatoes. **Yes, I felt compelled to correct the spelling of "peverted" to "perverted". ***If at any time, place, etc. ad infinium you are offended by any thing I say or do, I apologize. Let me make a blanket apology now, as who in the world knows when I will regain my senses and curl up into a little ball in some remote corner and not move a single millimeter, just so that I do not offend. (I swear I use deodorant!) Unless, of course rolling oneself up into a little ball is offensive to you, then I apologize for that as well.