Internet trolls are funny things. Safeguarded by their keyboard and anonymity they spend their time being hurtful to other people.
But one does have to question what someone has gone through in order to make them so hateful towards the world. To be a catalyst for negative emotions.
See, as my blog grows and attracts more and more people to my little corner of the internet the trolls have started to join the crowds. Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed a lot more negativity leaking into my blog comments, my Facebook notifications and my Twitter feed. One guy went so far as to edit a humorous parenting meme I had uploaded so it became a parenting meme with a negative connotation and then sent it to me… Hi, by the way Steve. Sorry I didn’t reply. It’s just I thought you were a bit of a goon.
The thing is, the more people that make their way to my site and write to me on my social media the larger my outreach is, so although they think I’m all heartbroken by their hurtful comments, I can’t help but feel like they are almost doing me a favour, as they are actually attracting more traffic to my site. Thanks Trolls!
But what bothers me the most about trolls is that something must have happened to make them this hateful to people they don’t even know and that is actually quite sad, because once I delete or move their comments to the trash, they’re gone and I go back to my happy life with my beautiful and loving family. I go back to spending time with people I love. But what does that anonymous troll do after they have sent that comment? I can’t imagine any happy person being so hateful, which makes me actually pity the trolls instead of feel anger towards them. Especially you Steve… you have too much time on your hands. Get a hobby. Try Yoga. Yoga is good for the soul.
But trolls aren’t always anonymous, in fact I’ve seen many bloggers talk about how their experience of trolls are actually people they know. Which brings me to question why someone would be so hurtful to someone they know. This is a slightly more complex variation of ‘The Troll’ because it could be because of a number of different things. It could stem from an old dispute, but that is saddening because they haven’t yet learnt how to forgive and without the ability to forgive, people tend to become stuck in a rut of hate, which is actually most toxic to the person who is being hateful. Bit counterproductive really. Then of course jealousy can cause someone to become a troll who posts hateful comments, but this stems back to not having a fulfilled life and so again I can’t help but feel pity that a person is so unfulfilled in their life that they have turned into a hateful troll.
But as for my experience with trolls, I’m going to take it as a positive thing. Because when my blog was much, much smaller I was hardly bothered by trolls. In fact I’m starting to realise that trolls are merely a sign that a blogger is starting to climb up the ranks. Maybe it’s a sign that I’m on the way to ‘making it’ whatever that means. Thanks Trolls!