On the subject of internet trolls
Among some of the popular ideas floating around the internet I usually find myself on the far opposite of everyone. I’m not a feminist. I don’t want a woman president. I don’t have a problem with calling your daughter beautiful or a princess. I’m a Republican…that proudly supported Bush & proudly did NOT vote for Obama. And often when I read things from the blogging community I find myself thinking “Is that really what you believe or are you saying that because you’re afraid of being flamed or just anxious to hop on the trend?” and one of the popular blogging ideas I don’t support is the idea of “trolls”
Yesterday morning I was checking Instagram & I stumbled on a website that bashes other bloggers. I was intrigued and while eating left over cheddar biscuits I got “acquainted” with the site. Some of the stuff I found was outright mean like a thread dedicated to the ugly bloggers but at some of the stuff I found myself nodding in agreement. After going back pages I stumbled on a post that I had read in the past about trolls & was struck with the same feeling I had the first time I saw it.
If trolls bother you so much you should stop blogging.
How many times have I, how many times have you read a post or a FB stream or Tweet from a blogger who’s going on & on about a stupid decision from a celebrity or a parent in the news? Those post & streams garner all kinds of trolling. The Duggars break records whenever they announce a pregnancy & bloggers never, ever, ever shy away from publicly trolling them.
So why aren’t bloggers allowed to be the same target?
If you are a blogger & I a reader I have every single right to comment about something you have said/written good or bad. If you put something on the internet its open for public consumption. Why do bloggers get a right to demand the kind of criticism they get? There’s a “close comments” option on WordPress for a reason. Here’s a radical thought- if you don’t want opinions from others stop writing a blog & get yourself a pretty leather bound notebook & journal. Than hide that shit under your mattress circa 1999. Don’t threaten me with hunting down my IP address-which I’ve always wondered what will you actually do with it once you have it?
There are a lot of bloggers that I don’t like. I find them to be incredibly boring & narcissistic & the main goal seems to be being branded as “witty”. I get sick of hearing the buzz words “I haz…” I’m sick of seeing poster size pictures of their kid(s) ALL.THE.TIME I get it. They’re cute. Most of the stuff is boring dribble about what they eat & where they go. But still I read them because there are rare occasions that they post interesting links that take me away from them and to something a trillion times better & that’s OK. What bothers me though when I read these blogs is all of the comments that do nothing but encourage the blogger to be more narcissistic. And that buuugs me. And when there is a negative comment everyone gets all “white knight”. Political correctness bothers me.
Say what you mean. Say what you want, live unapologetically.
I enjoy bloggers who don’t give a fuck. Two years ago there was a huge Twitter stink about a Bump blog contest & how one blogger was making fun of another blog. That blogger was MODG & you know what? I worship her. She says what she means & means what she says. I respect that. I don’t respect people who tiptoe.
Leaving a comment or having an opinion that doesn’t make you feel all unicorn & narwheels inside is not the same as bullying. Its apart of the job.
Please let me know in the comments what you think. Should bloggers get tougher skin? Am I just a mean girl? Do you have commenting policy on your own blog?