I was surprised to receive an intimidating email from a fellow blogger this past Monday. A blogger with whom I've had an amiable online connection with since about 2010. Apparently, my fellow blogger felt slighted by the fact that the link to his blog on Trackside Treasure's sidebar was in the bottom of three such gadgets featuring blogs I keep up with. This revision was made some weeks ago and was no different than any layout change I make - based on readability, functionality and the overall look of Trackside Treasure.
The simple fact of the matter is: there are so many blogs that I find interesting that I keep the most prolific bloggers near the top of the sidebar. Just so I can keep up. This blogger has posted once a month in 2016. I have other bloggers in the same gadget as his who have not blogged for two or even five years. They might start up again, so this is my way of keeping their blogs 'alive' to me.
I'm a firm believer in not only dealing with criticism, but also shining a light on dark behaviour, for which the online environment has become known. Like aggressive drivers emboldened by their powerful cars, social media can be an equalizer for letting out our emotions, fears and suspicions. With that in mind, I'm sharing a family-friendly version of the email I received, without the blogger's name shown. Prepare yourself:
"What an arrogant s.*.*.
What is YOUR criteria to judge Blog writers?
I have been in ******** since ***** 2015. I have labored hundreds of hours to provide the Blogosphere with thoroughly researched articles.
I strive for accuracy. Not to compete for numbers with you and ********
While you pissed me off with your snide ****-off, you have inspired me to write an evaluation of so-called "rail" blogs. As they say, "watch this space." And don't forget to remove my hyperlink from your DISMISSIVE and OFFENSIVE "Things in the Bottom Sidebar."
What an a**. "
As requested by the nameless blogger in a comment to a recent post, I removed the hyperlink to his blog from Trackside Treasure. I actually have a lot of respect for the effort and content he poured into his blog. I'm posting this as a teachable moment to my fellow bloggers and readers. Something as unintentional as positioning a link on your blog can lead to this type of behaviour.
My sincere hope for this blogger is that he can find some peace with himself while I continue this compact convivial corner of cyberspace I proudly call Trackside Treasure.