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How to Handle a Troll

There comes a time in every blogger’s career where something unpleasant happens. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, everybody eventually gets their first troll. It’s a blogging milestone.

I’ve had a good run,  I managed to survive a full eight months before someone with nothing better to do came for me. I’m surprised I didn’t last longer though.

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Here’s an inoffensive picture for you all.

Do you know how hard it is to try and keep your blog banal enough to not ruffle any feathers. I try and keep things light hearted and not overly opinionated in areas that will cause conflict. I even keep politics out of it (aside from a mere whiff of a dig at Theresa May on my Facebook page).

The thing is, I have my children’s and my own face plastered all over all of my social media outlets, the internet is a scary place now and I don’t want to make an enemy of someone who knows a lot about me.

But I managed it.

I managed it with a really banal post too, I won’t say which, in case the troll has returned and I inadvertently stroke their fiendish ego.

Another blogger/vlogger that I follow handles trolls really well. She seems like a lovely person so rarely gets any, but when she does, she kills them with kindness. This is the approach I went for.

I was promoting the post on Facebook when the troll jumped in and told me I was wrong about the general topic of my article. Bless her, she isn’t to know I’m pretty clever and an excellent researcher. I fact checked. Silly old troll.

I was polite, and played the innocent “Oh goodness me, have I got it wrong? Would you be kind enough to point it out specifically for me?” card.

Alas, she was not kind enough. Instead she shared a short article that was pretty much a paraphrase of what I’d said, not a fact discrepancy to be seen (just my personal experience added, there’s only so many ways you can word facts)! Again, I politely asked her to point out what she perceived to be incorrect. Then she launched into a withering essay about how I was simple and couldn’t read and that my blog in general was pointless and uninteresting.

How rude!

I blocked her. Troll-bore.

The weird thing was, I don’t have a clue what her problem was, she was really clutching at straws to try and make a conflict out of thin air. Also the photo appeared to be of a woman who was at least ten years older than me (under further inspection, she had uploaded that picture 6 years ago in 2010!).

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*This is not my actual troll but I really loved this stock image

So a woman old enough to be my mother (at least where I’m from!) was attacking me on Facebook and I didn’t even know her!

After my initial indignation, I wasn’t really all that bothered. You know you’ve made it when you’ve got a troll.

No one can take issue with what you write if no one is reading it.

So if you end up with a troll crawling out from under a grotty bridge of the internet solely to attack you, then pat yourself on the back, you’re basically famous now.

Also, don’t fuel the fire, they eat replies, not billygoats. Block them on sight and let your chest swell with pride!

You’re a proper blogger now and you’re here to stay. Good for you!

Have any of you been trolled? I hope it didn’t actually manage to upset you. Tell me about it in the comments (if it’s not too traumatic!).


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34 thoughts on “How to Handle a Troll

  1. Well handled! Some people are just not-very-nice noodles. I’ve had a couple of situations recently about that – because my post was about mental health, it actually became a really useful example of why there is still a stigma around it. I highlighted that fact in a follow-up piece and got some incredible support. Gives you faith that most people out there are actually very lovely. And those that aren’t? Well, I think it says more about them than you. (Unless you’ve bopped them on the head or something). Keep it up! Fame awaits 🙂 xx

    1. Thank you! I think if I had been a little bit younger or if this had come a bit earlier in my blogging experience I would have been heartbroken! Good on you for sharing a sensitive topic and carrying on despite the nasties. I guess some people have very empty lives and we should feel sad for them instead of about them.
      Thanks for commenting 🙂 x

    1. Thank you! My advice is don’t try to reason, they aren’t reasonable! Always best to ignore and delete! I hope you don’t get one now you’ve said you haven’t! x

  2. Really interesting post – I haven’t been trolled yet but it’s just a matter of time. The thing is with blogs is that no one is forcing anyone to read them. If you don’t like the content you can quietly leave because someone else will like it or find it interesting. Use your energy to gush about something you did enjoy reading trolls!!! 🙂 chucklemums

  3. Oh I’ve had a few comments I’ve deleted… Big who cares, right? Why would you go around looking for blogs to be offended by? Just hit the Daily Fail comment section instead. Bore off. Just delete (and I’d say given you’re 24 😉 that woman is t least 60 years older than you hahahaha! #chucklemums

    1. Hahahaha yes, totally 60 years older than me! Maybe dementia has set in? So strange when people are just looking to start a weird row x

  4. Love this! I haven’t been trolled as such, but recently won a blogging competition and had a few lovely comments about the post. Then about three days after the comments died down, one woman popped on over to simply write “I hate this”….! I mean, fine-I appreciate completely it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but why bother?! Pretty sure she wanted some interaction but she didn’t get it. It’s strange how some people behave! #chucklemums

    1. Haha “I hate this” is such an uninventive troll! I’d love to see the post that won, send me the link! x

  5. I found this an interesting read as I’ve been Blogging now since March ’16 and so far haven’t experienced a ‘troll’ I think I’d take the same approach as you have.
    Well done 🙂

  6. Love this! I really hope I handle my first troll as well as you! Haven’t had one yet but my dad hates my blog as I suppose you count him, but he doesn’t really know how to use the Internet so it could just be that 😋 I love the idea of being kind as your right, all they want is a fight and get bored real quick!! #chucklemums

    1. I was briefly offended by ol’ Trollington, but other than that, I’m pretty proud of my handling. Thanks! x

  7. hello accidentalhipstermum its dennis the vizsla dog hay yes i had a run in with a troll wunse!!! but it wuz a troll wot tried to keep me frum krossing a bridj wich dada sez is a diffrent kind of troll frum the wun yoo had!!! ok bye

  8. I’ve been lucky so far. Had one woman have a pop at one of my cartoons and another have a go at the title of a post that was shared by Netmums clearly without following through to read the link. Sigh, delete and move on 🙂

    #fartglitter

  9. Kudos and Mazel Tov on your troll! What a great attitude you have! I love it.
    Keep it up, and tell us more. #fartglitter

  10. I had this happen to me with another blogger. Who told me my post was incorrect, then proceeded to write her OWN post about it, with my blog linked into her post! And how wrong I was.. Little did she know that I had been approached by a company asking me to share THEIR work. Not mine.. So I just politely told her that we were saying the same thing in a different way.. That shut her up pretty quickly. But I agree, kindness is the best way to deal with it. There is no point getting stuck into an argument, Trolls reveal their own character pretty quickly! #abrandnewday

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