Below is an e-mail I had to send today…it’s been sanitized to protect the identity of the parties involved. Let this serve as a warning to you other bloggers out there:
I think it is unacceptable for you to call me at my home at 11pm at night to discuss my blog. The only time such a late call would be warranted is if there was an emergency, which frankly I don’t think my blog would ever be. You could’ve woken up my family and frightened us.
I do not want to call you or meet with you in person to discuss this issue further because I do not want to suffer any more verbal and emotional abuse.
I am not employed by you or <your organization> in any capacity, nor has <your organization> or any of its staff ever been named in any of my blog posts. If you don’t like my blog, stop reading it. If you’ve got a problem with something I’ve said in the blog, comment on the blog. That is the appropriate forum for discussion about my blog topics; late-night phone calls to my home are not.