I honestly don't have a problem doing so when warranted. But I won't tender an insincere apology. Nor do I care to receive one. They are as disengenuousness as they are pointless.
There are times that an apology on my part would have solved some problems. But only in the short term. An apology offered only for the sake of peace does nothing to address the hurt feelings at the core of the issue.
I find that people are often far more interested in smoothing things over than they are in getting to heart of the matter. I don't work that way, and never really have.
That has, at times, resulted in some degree of personal difficulty.
There are several situations, one of which resulted in the implosion on an entire community, where a well intended but nonetheless insincere apology on my part would have stopped the shitstorm of invective, but not solved any real problems.
But it's my thing. I can't and won't issue an apology unless I truly mean it.
When I started the blogging thing, I had really had my fill of negativity on the net, my own included.
When I realized that there was a give and take required and that getting comments was dependant upon also giving comments, I resolved to be polite, positive, and even...nice. I resolved not to comment unless I had something positive to add. And for the most part, I have stuck to that resolve.
Not that I never express disagreement, you understand. But I try to do it in a respectful, constructive way. And I don't usually do it unless I'm confident that the poster is someone who can accept it with equanimity.
In other words, I'm not in the habit of shooting off my mouth on blogs not otherwise frequented by me.
But the other day, that is exactly what I did.
As snark goes, I've seen worse. But still I feel that my comment was unwarranted and not given with the best intentions.
So I would like to offer an apology to I Agree With Me.
I'm sorry that I made a rude comment on your blog. There was no reason for it, other than the fact that your stance on the issue of Michael Phelps is opposite of mine.
Although it appears that our views diverge on quite a few issues, you seem like a perfectly nice person and you didn't deserve my snarky comment.
I sincerely hope you'll accept my apology.