Greetings, all. Did you know that this is my 31st post and that I reached my goal of 500 views this month? I’m at 510 views, to be exact, and the day is still young. I’m still small potatoes in the blogging world, but I’m feeling proud, nonetheless, and would like to thank all of you for supporting me.
Today’s post is a little different as I’m sharing something that happened on social media last night. I was checking my Twitter account one last time before going to bed and saw that someone had placed my name on a list. For those of you who don’t use Twitter, this is perfectly “legal” to do, even without obtaining the person’s permission.
But this wasn’t just any list; it was a list of hater’s for a particular presidential candidate. The intent was to intimidate people with strong leanings against this candidate. It wasn’t a friendly, Oh come and join our hater’s group, not that I would.
In fact, this is the antithesis of what owlinthewood.com is about, and what personally, I’m about. Yes, I’m against racism, misogyny, and discrimination of any kind. But I recoil at the word “hate” being used in the political arena or any arena for that matter, especially when directed towards a person. I can be against those qualities that I perceive as wrong without hating a person. I can even feel anger, and yet, refuse hate.
It’s doubtful that last week’s post spawned my name being thrust upon a “hater’s” list. In all sincerity, I can assure you that I didn’t have just one particular candidate in mind and was also reflecting upon the tendency for elections to be brutal and nasty throughout history.
I did send a tweet to a New York Times columnist, commending him on an excellent write up about a presidential candidate. And once again, on Twitter, I responded to a post circulating, which expressed concern about the divisiveness and hate a particular candidate was fostering. That’s it. That’s all it took to be put on a hater’s list.
Twitter does play fair, and I have removed my name from that list, but I will need to remain vigilant. I do find it a bit humorous, though, that a small time blogger like me would even end up on such a list, which must have been driven by a desire to intimidate people who don’t share their political opinions. This is happening on both sides of the fence, too. So in a sense, I guess you could say that I have arrived.