Blogging seems to attract many types of followers but the majority can be lumped into two main categories: Trolls and Fans.
The search for the definition of a Blog or Internet Troll and you will find many ” explanations.
An internet ‘troll’ is an abusive or obnoxious user who uses shock value to promote arguments and disharmony in online communities. , they are someone who stirs up drama and abuses their online anonymity by purposely sowing hatred and bigotry,
They are easily recognized because they never have a picture and are always anonymous because really isn’t it far better to spew hatred if no-one knows who you are??? They are the “commentors” who deem it necessary to make everything personal, you know who I mean, the one that says ” you look fat today” or ” wow that dress looks awful on you” or even how can you be so vain as to take pictures of yourself everyday you ugly thing…. They provide no positive comments and just seem to lurk in the background but they also seem to have the inherent ability to strike when you are at your weakest. Those days when we struggle to post, or wonder are we doing the right thing and then bham, little troll resurfaces.
A Fan is the complete opposite, they follow loyally, always providing that reassuring comment, they jump to your defense when a troll attacks. they are the first to like your picture and usually provide wonderful compliments to reassure you that you are doing the right thing. Sadly though the fans may not always comment, they just loyally show up everyday, read your post and then leave. Leaving only an unidentifiable “page view” in their wake.
Well Fans you need to step it up a notch, if you are a fan and you notice one of your blogs is wavering, maybe showing signs of discontent you need to step up (plus this is when the trolls most likely strike so you need to negate the ” Negativity”. Let’s surround our blogs with ” Troll Nets”). When your favourite blogger stops posting regularly, when they comment about why they are doing what they are doing, that is your cue to let them know YOU ARE WHY THEY DO THIS. You love their posts and you love their style, you would miss them if they left, do not let them fade into the background, grab hold of them and hold on tight. Show them Fan Love is so much stronger than Troll Hate.
How to Deal with a Troll in Five Easy Steps.
1) Do not engage ( this will infuriate them the most, if they cannot get a reaction then it defeats the purpose of why they are doing what they are doing
2) Do not provide the forum, it is perfectly OK to delete their comments, this is your blog not yours and without a forum they will soon wither and die.
3) Address the trolls comments but not directly, address the fact that their appears to be people posting negative comments and while they are entitled to their opinion they are not ” entitled” to use your space to do it.
4) Unmask if you can or if not move on. ( sometimes they do not realize that their account leads back to whom they are or where they are from)
5) Let the comment go, we do not have really thick skin most of the time but we need to learn to shed the negative, ( and this is where the fans need to step up and show you, you do matter, we do care)
Trolls are bullies, so it is not OK to ignore comments we see posted on others we need to help reinforce the person being attached without engaging the troll.