If you have been blogging for any amount of time, you have probably encountered a troll or two. A troll is someone who leaves a nasty comment: not just someone who disagrees with your opinion, but who really attacks you. It’s usually more of a personal attack than specifically about what you have posted. Trolls are known for jumping to conclusions, overlooking the obvious, nitpicking, taking things out of context, and not having a real clue about who you are as a person.
It seems most bloggers go through a few different stages of how they deal with blog trolls. I went through stage 1 for sure… considered stage 2, though really kept that one to emails instead of actually on my blog(but we’ve all seen stage 2 somewhere, haven’t we? I always want to bring the popcorn along as I watch), and then finally, there’s stage 3.
Ohmygosh, someone said something mean to me. They were just flat out rude for no reason. I can’t deal with this person who doesn’t know me and who I don’t know. So, I just want to quit blogging. *cue bursting into tears*
Oh yeah, you want a piece of me? Well, first of all, I’m going to write a post about what you said, calling all my readers to action to go attack your blog or to leave comments on mine, telling me how I’m right and you are wrong. And then I’m going to tear apart your silly comment and explain in detail just how wrong you are.
Oh, look at this person who doesn’t know me and doesn’t have a clue what the hell she is talking about. But this blog is my space and I don’t have to allow anyone in it who is being an asshole just for the sake of being an asshole. And that even though I could explain to the troll why they are so very wrong, it’s not worth it because the troll just wants attention and will only see their deluded version of reality anyway. So it’s delete and move on. Without any tears and without any drama.
Unless of course said troll keeps coming around. And then you can either revert to stage 2 or at least post on facebook for the entertainment of all.