I Brake for Trolls

Darlene, we’ve got to stop meeting like this.

I can’t tell whether you’re Rose Tirella, Q’s best friend, or if you just hate Hall & Oates with a passion that rivals my husband’s.

In any event, please keep commenting, because I love writing whole posts as riffs off your comments.

To one of your comments — “So what’s the point of this rant?” — I believe that you mean this wonderfully well-written letter, and not this post, which is a reminder that I need to do more library tips

“Do you think that anything you or anyone else says about this matter will influence any decision on what happens?”  I believe I actually said in the aforementioned awesome letter that I didn’t think it would convince anyone but that I found writing the letter cathartic.  Thanks for asking! 

Now, if it’s a question of why to blog at all…Tracy and I were discussing  blogging last week, and she said that her husband hears far fewer rants about educational policy now that she has a blog.  Similarly, my husband doesn’t have to listen to me whispering sweet nothings about Mike Germain into his ear right before we go to bed.  Now I write posts for the world to read, and instead I not only get feedback like yours, but I also receive one-sentence emails from my husband like, “Don’t you ever use spell-check?” and “Less, not fewer.”

In other words, blogging saves marriages.  (Also, keeping thoughts like “If Albert Southwick were 60 years younger and could do major plumbing repairs, you’d have no shot with me” to yourself will add at least a year to any marriage.)

To your comment “It’s in the hands of lawyers… they’re a lot more savvy in such matters than any mis-informed and know-it-all blogger”  — I will say this: one of my parents is an attorney, and one of my siblings is finishing the last year of law school.  So, that makes me a lawyer twice removed.  Or a know-it-all blogger.  You decide.

And finally, “You and everyone else have to get over it. There’s more important things to worry about. Right?”  No matter what the decision regarding One Montvale, I am sure that the City of Worcester will provide new examples of suckitude for me to continue to write about for weeks to come. 

On a more serious note, thanks to everyone who has commented on my posts.  I continue to be overwhelmed by the kindness, respect, and constructive criticism so many of you have shown me.

2 thoughts on “I Brake for Trolls

  1. Emily says:

    You know you are doing something right when people get riled up about it! Here’s a good article on trolls: http://www.copyblogger.com/troll/

  2. Darlene says:

    Q? Tirella? Hall & Oates? Southwick? Tracy? Germain? What do any of them have to do with my comment? Ah, okay I get it. You think the stuff you post is incisive and controversial? Laughable is more like it. In that case girl, you’re just another dumb chick blogger among millions.
    So let’s see. Because one of your parents is a lawyer (most likely a legal assistant), that gives you credibility? You think so huh? Obviously none of that legal logic has rubbed off on you, otherwise you wouldn’t have tossed that non-info into the mix. The fact is, you aren’t a lawyer. And what in the world does your parent’s alleged profession have to do with my comment? Or that your sibling just finished law school? Shed some light on that for me will ya.
    The fact is girl, you have absolutely no insight into what is going on with the Montvale matter. Am I right or am I right? You add nothing, just links to others who know nothing too. Like it or not, the only authoritative source for news in this city is the T&G. No other exists.
    So here’s my advice. If you want to make a competent impression on the public, stop being pretentious, drop the lame humor, and above all the incoherent ramblings on matters you know nothing about. Girl get creative. Quit copying the boring run-of-the-mill blogging style. Develop a style of your own.
    Be confident. Be smart. Be informed. Present yourself intelligently instead of as another Bimbo Blogger.

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