I accept that everyone is entitled to their opinion - but how on earth can you form an opinion on something unless you have all of the facts? Some of the things I am reading of late are pretty harsh and quite frankly ill informed, which makes them even more dangerous!
Anyone who has read comments that I leave, or posts on my blog will know that I speak from the heart and am never judgemental of anyone else. I am often reminded of the phrase "people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones", yet more and more I am seeing lots of stones being thrown, and although I have no proof, I suspect that many of them are being thrown from houses that are made of glass!
If you read something in a blog and it is on a subject that you are well informed on or are trained to deal with, then go for it - set people straight, but do it in a compassionate manner. Read and re-read what you have written before you hit the post comment button. Think to yourself, how would I feel if someone said this to me? Ask yourself whether your words could be interpreted in a way that is different to what you intend? because everyone knows that the written word is open to far more interpretation than the spoken one, and we should take extra care to ensure that our meaning is taken in the right way.
When posting on a subject, unless you are well-informed, try and refrain from giving people so called 'expert' advice because quite frankly unless you are speaking with some authority the advice you give could be damaging and dangerous, and I for one do not want something like that on my conscience. If you want to post your opinion - say "this is only my opinion", and then continue to write with the aforementioned compassion for the reader, and not the mentality of a bull in a china shop!
Life is far too short and too precious for us blogger's to continue with this barrage of sarcastic criticism and well meant but misinformed advice. Experiencing a situation may give you further insight on a subject, but does it really make you an expert. Many of us may have similar stories to tell and experiences to share, but unless you have walked a mile in my shoes, please don't tell me that you have all the answers and this is what I should do. By all means open up a dialogue and lets swap stories and experiences and perhaps help each other that way, but please remember, no two lives are the same, there may be similarities but that is all they are - similarities, and to be quite honest, unless you really know me and I really know you, neither of us in really in a position to comment in a negative and potentially damaging way!
And yes, this is only my opinion, and it is formed by my reading of posts and comments from other blogs as well as my own, but to be deadly honest - would it really kill you to be nice? As I have had it drummed into me over the years
"if you can't say something nice - say nothing at all!"