It may seem funny that Opinionated Man advises against engaging trolls… but there is a reason for everything. I’ve found that like religion and politics, trolls will never change. In fact, they aren’t real people when they are trolling you because “trolling” is an action. You aren’t going to change anyone’s mind midstream.
I learned my lesson the hard way on this one. There was a time not so long ago that I felt on top of the world. I felt untouchable and I egged people on when they confronted me. It was entertaining, it was thrilling, and it was honestly blogging to me. You see I come from the forum days, the days when everyone wasn’t your friend. You found out quickly that in fact most people don’t care about you and online that uncaring nature can quickly turn to aggression.
The first “knock knock knock” on my door from law enforcement let me know that some bloggers care a ton about the words said online. Some bloggers feel threatened while making threats. Some bloggers feel so big until they are so small that they have to call the police on you to make themselves feel better. I learned that those “some bloggers” are far more numerous than I thought. After years of receiving threats and nasty emails, I finally found myself on the other side of the line. Apparently people felt threatened by ME and that entitled them to try and have me policed. All the lines were erased from that point forward.
I almost stopped blogging because of all this… all this blogging going on. It is still amazing to me that regardless if you are in the real world or the virtual, still you can hurt feelings and make people feel left out. You can virtually shut the door on people’s toes and they get really offended, they get upset. They get angry and mad, and in turn they try to get even. They try to shut you down, shut down your blog, shut down your words. And after all is said and done you have to ask yourself one question… is this all worth it?