Internet Trolls…

Hi Jim,

I’ve been writing for a while, mostly posting my stories on here, but also on Amazon Kindle. Unfortunately as of late, I’ve been getting a lot of rude comments and bad reviews left of my material that I’m pretty certain come from people who didn’t actually read my stories. I think a lot of it comes from the fact that I also use my blog to talk about social issues and politics that I often tie in to my stories. I really don’t know what to do at this point as I don’t like my writing being bashed like this. Part of me just wants to take my blog down and pull my stories offline. What do you think I should do?

-Jessie


Sigh… I see this kind of thing happening more and more often. People getting torn down for their beliefs/opinions by narrow-minded groups stemming from either the extreme right, regressive left, or the useless hypocritical social justice warrior crowd… or some combination therein. Because this is the internet… and I hate it so much!

Okay rant over.

Hi Jessie,

I’m really sorry that this is happening to you. It’s truly a terrible thing when someone becomes the target of online harassment. You didn’t provide much detail in the who or why, so I can’t speak to whatever group has taken issue with you. However, I will say that you’ve made one critical error; You’re using your writing blog for more than just writing. Let me put it this way, what do I use my blog for? Do I use it to tell stories? Not really. I do post some of my work that I never intend to get published, but that’s just to give my readers something to enjoy while I focus on my next PUBLISHED work. No, my blog personally I use as social commentary on writing and movie making, and I try to keep the politics to a minimum… I often fail miserably just because politics ruins everything, writing included, but that’s the way it goes.

When I write on my blog, I try to stay balanced and keep my personal biases tucked away… again, not always successfully, but I’m usually passive enough that people don’t know which side of the line I’m on. Look back at my posts and tell me, am I a Hillary supporter, a Trump supporter, or did I feel the Bern? I doubt you’ll be able to figure it out.

So what to do… well honestly I wouldn’t take down your work. Doing so let’s them win. If you want to post your own opinions, without keeping bias in check and restrained, then I would say to create a second blog for that. Keep the two separate and make no way of connecting them. I’m sorry to say this, but it may be the best way to keep yourself out of trouble. That, or use a different social media engine to post your political feelings. As for the trolls, you can control whether or not their comments appear on your blog and you can delete the posts you don’t like. On Amazon, you can report abusive content, so I recommend doing so. Honestly though, trolls will never go away. Internet Anonymity makes sure of that.

Honestly, I was in the same boat as you not too long ago. I came under fire because Mohegan Sun posted that Dane Cook was going to be performing there and I responded with ‘Thank you, I now know not to be at Mohegan Sun that weekend.’

In typical man-child fashion, Dane Cook responded, calling me… well I’ll not repeat his High School language here. I responded, and gave him a piece of my mind for his attack on James Rolfe, an online entertainer that I’ve been a fan of for many years. The result was a slew of insults on my account from his supporters and ‘social proof’ people who claim to know him personally and took offense to my comments, yeah whatever. Then I even got derogatory comments about my book and other posts. Point is, it was my own fault for using my primary twitter account to post that… and expecting Dane Cook to show any sort of semblance of maturity.

Simply put, there is nothing you can really do about these people. The best piece of advice I can give you, aside from what I’ve already said is simple. One rule of fandom on the internet;
20% Will enjoy your work.
20% Will hate it.
60% Simply won’t care.
Disregard the last two and focus on the first one, they’re the people who matter.

So what do you think everyone? Do you agree with my advice? Is there anything more that you would do or do you think she’s justified in wanting to pull her work down from social media. Let me know below!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

You can also add me on Twitter!

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

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13 thoughts on “Internet Trolls…

  1. Floyd Kelly says:

    Keep blogging. Maybe for a short period, elect not to receive comments … if a troll is following – he/she will become bored and move on and you can switch comments back on again at a later date. You can also take a break, make some chocolate cake, swish up some chocolate milk and have a good ol’ time. There are mean people all over the world, just close the door on ’em.

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  2. Hi, thanks for liking my post! Trolls are little shits, but you know it comes down to their insecurity. At the end of the day, you know you’re better than them otherwise why else would they waste THEIR TIME even commenting on your posts?

    Harness your power and seize the day! 🙂

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  3. zhyxtheman says:

    Funniest thing Dane Cook did was get mooned in waiting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF7ouCjSPB4

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  4. Brad Nixon says:

    Well said. It does require discipline to stay within boundaries, and the opportunity to slip is constant; there are millions of cranks with nothing to do other than troll. It’s frustrating, because, yes, one has opinions one would like to express, and avoiding topics that will invite a firestorm represents a variety of self-censorship. Good letters-to-the-editor framing device.

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  5. wezlo says:

    Over the years we’ve shifted from “community is primary” to “the people of a community are primary” to “I am primary and who the hell are you to tell me otherwise?” American individualism, as it now stands becomes a truly toxic mix when blended with a false sense of anonymity fostered by the Internet. Trolls are NEVER a reflection on the trolled, they are simply a sad commentary on people’s inability to use their freedom to build themselves up, much less anyone else. Feel bad for them, but suffer them not. Report abusers on Amazon, block user names and ip addresses on your blog if you can, and even turn comments off if you must. Do this not only for your benefit, but also for the benefit do those who wish to be civil. And don’t think any of these steps will call a troll to “Wake up.” Trolls hate themselves, so they typically feel validated when they are reviled or excluded.

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  6. I’m sorry for all you folk who get this sort of attention.
    There are people in this world who just suck the oxygen of joy out of everything.
    Having retired from 40+ years in the UK Civil Service and used to all kinds of abuse and threats (not always the public either) I guess I learnt how to dodge them or shake ’em off.
    I do hope you find some respite from them, one way or another (not being very social-media savvy not good on that sort of advice). Other than to use blocking wherever you can.
    I did spend some time on a UK ‘religion’ forum and was amazed at how normally intelligent and eloquent people could be so blinkered and unable to even perceive the other side had a point of view to be respected.
    This is one of the reasons I hang out on the WP Writers community. A great deal of open-mindedness, friendship, joy and support….Like Fresh Air.
    Take care.
    Normal people are in the majority and they don’t do this.

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  7. allendemir says:

    Dane Cook has a problem with attacking random people with juvenile comments, apparently. Then again, at least he didn’t steal his insults. So…progress.

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  8. JaMesa says:

    Very nice, I just wrote a similar story of personal experiences

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