Remember when Anonymous was associated with something nice, pleasant, and usually uplifting? Someone "anonymously" raked all my leaves. An "anonymous" donor gave the money for the library. Or you got a letter from your secret admirer signed "Anonymous." Well, maybe you did- but I wasn't ever really secretly (or openly) admired in 4th grade when those letters were all the hype. Psht. Don't know why. I thought bluish old lady glasses, fully buttoned shirts, brushed out perms, and Chiclet teeth were what the boys were after back in '94.
Anonymous was so mysterious and generous. To be Anonymous was the Ultimate in brotherly kindness. You did something compassionate and then didn't take any credit for it. You were Anonymous. Highly regarded among mystics and library card holders.
But now, with the Internet, Anonymous means something completely different. It means you can say whatever you want without consequences. Being Anonymous has given people the liberty to say things they would never say to some one's face (or even out loud) and post it where everyone and anyone can read it and jump on the Anonymous Band Wagon themselves. Often without using a form of spell check.
Being Anonymous has always seemed cool to me but when did being mean also become cool?
The Anonymous Commenter needs to stop. Belittling and attacking someone simply because they don't know who you are doesn't provide entertainment for that long, does it? Calling someone a bad mom, a bad person, or swearing? Really? Do you know that hurts. To be called those things? No matter what level of self-esteem you are soaring on... those comments hurt. Because the person reading them is real. The person reading them is not Anonymous. Real. And attacked on a personal level being called by their own name.
Anonymous doesn't mean invisible.
What you say is visible.
However... if you insist on being Anonymous... get back to the roots. Bring Anonymous out of the mud and back to the gold standard it previously enjoyed! Leave an Anonymous comment. A nice one. A comment that will leave the author smiling for days. Partly because they have no idea who sent it. Become the secret admirer.
Stay Anonymous. Change the stereotype.