When you were young, you were hopefully taught "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all!" Recently I've been seeing a rash of snide, tacky, and often downright rude comments showing up on blog posts and Facebook statuses. What's up with that? As far as I'm concerned, paying a visit to someone's blog or Facebook page is the same thing as paying a visit to their home. You wouldn't walk into someone's house and insult them, would you? Hopefully not!
If you don't care for the point of view being expressed, or the person expressing it, you are free to move on. There is no need to leave comments implying that you are somehow better than or above the author of that page, or that you see them as a total idiot (said in cleverly crafted words to make it appear less insulting). I'm not saying that it's always wrong to disagree, but it can ALWAYS be done respectfully!
The person who writes a blog post or a Facebook status is putting their thoughts out there for everyone to see and consider, not for you to use as a personal soapbox or attention draw. If you have some grievous issue with the post, you can always send an email or a private message to relay your concerns. If you find it necessary to be uppity or insulting, don't be surprised if the blog or Facebook author decides to delete your remarks and remove you from their blog roll!
I do not apologize for what I write, or how I write it; the opinions expressed are clearly my own and I don't expect everyone to agree with them. However, I do expect that if you come visiting at my place you will show me the same courtesy I would show you. If you can't say something nice, don't bother to say anything at all... move on!
If you find yourself having the urge to add sharp commentary on several blogs or Facebook pages, maybe it's time for a little soul searching to discover what the underlying issue is and why you are choosing to bring people down rather than uplift them. Additionally, saying something negative, and then adding a smiley face or a sweet greeting doesn't fool anyone. If you said it, you probably meant it, and maybe the problem isn't with them at all, it's with you.
Be a messenger of encouragement, seek to brighten lives and generate smiles! If you write it, reread it, and ask yourself how you would feel if someone left that comment for you! It isn't your place to instruct, contest, or correct the author, you are a guest! When you travel about in the Blogsphere and Facebook, please remember to MIND YOUR MANNERS! It will make the experience so much nicer for everyone. (Stepping off my soapbox now :-)