Stick with it, Harvey! You never know - stay here long enough and you might even get as famous as some of the people who took offence...;-)
It can be difficult at times to put across your point of view, even a seemingly uncontentious one, without someone 'having a go'. Take no notice. You know what you meant. The people that know you know what you meant. What does it matter if someone you don't realy know and does not realy know you missinterprets your words either innocently or with a hidden agenda in mind?
In the words of Mr Kipling, who if I am not mistaken was named after a lake located near you - or was it the other way round? Anyhow.
"If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken,
twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools."
Dip your toe in more often - the temperature either changes or you get used to it!
Dave the Gnome