I came to blogs after years on message boards. There are a few small ones that I still belong to, and anything said there among friends is read with interest and taken seriously. If one person complains a little long and hard about something that would normally be trivial, I think there is probably an underlying cause and wait to see if the mood passes or if something bigger is going to be revealed before commenting.
There are a few large message boards that I visit infrequently, mainly to occasionally touch base with a few friends who are still there and not active elsewhere. I can't tell by a post title what mood is going to be prevalent among those who reply to that thread. Sometimes reading is like watching a train wreck.
I don't know why so many people have short fuses or why they feel they can say any darn thing they please behind the anonymity of words typed and attached to a screen name. I can't control those situations, I can only remove myself from them. It already feels like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
The older I get, the more I appreciate some of my father's favorite pieces of advice. The first speaks more to throwing the first punch, the second is about retaliation.
If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all
Just because other people are nasty, you don't have to be nasty too.
I hope you all have a warm, safe, happy, peaceful weekend.