Here come the trolls

Here comes the trolls - Internet trolls
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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!

 

Have you ever experienced an internet troll? How did you deal with it? Let me know in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram or on Facebook. You can also follow me on Pinterest.

12 thoughts

  1. Well I for one Love reading your blog! Knowing that I’m not the only one who has ‘bad days’ with two children under 3 😊x

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment, I’m so glad you enjoy reading it. You definitely aren’t the only one who has bad days. Some people just hide them better than others I think🙂

  2. Hi Emma,

    You just Ignore those trolls – they are just cowards, especially the ones who hide behind a false name! I have often had trolls say something negative to me too – either via a reply to a comment I have made on Facebook, a reply to a tweet or even a blog comment. A few years ago, when I first experienced it online, I did get upset but now I just brush it off and ignore their comments. Why should I give up even a minute of my time to reply back! I just block them and that’s the end of them!

    So my advice to you is delete their comments from your blog and block them on social media. You do a lovely job of your blog remember the majority of your followers genuinely follow you because they like it! The trolls have obviously nothing better to do with their time and are probably pestering other bloggers too! Sad!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Trolls are very cowardly and not worth our time. I always block negative people on my social media, it just isn’t worth getting upset about! Boooo to the horrid trolls!

  3. Hi Emma, this is a great post. I’m pleased you are taking reacting to trolls in such a positive way. I’m not sure why people do this either but I certainly think it says more about the person that they are, rather than the person they are actually trolling. Keep deleting and moving on with your happy life because you have so much to look forward to, and so much good in your life.

    Janet🙂

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Absolutely, it speaks volumes about who they are. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but having an opinion is hugely different from targeting someone and being nasty just for the sake of it.

  4. Hells yeah Emma, if the trolls are comin’ it means you’ve got the goods! I read recently that all anger is a sign of loss and it helped me have a little more pity for needlessly negative people. It must hurt to know that you don’t have the confidence to show your best self to the world.

    1. Thank you for thanking the time to comment. That is very interesting, I guess you never know what another person is going through in order to make them behave how they do. That does shed another new perspective on trolling.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I’m sorry to hear you have had a bad experience with trolls but as you say, ignore them, delete their comments and carry on🙂

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