Have you ever given ammunition to a troll? My definition of a troll is someone who has nothing better to do than leave ridiculously annoying comments on blog posts and online newspaper articles, picking up on every other comment left, and always needing to have the last word. Part of me feels sorry for these people. They obviously have such a desire to crave attention that they feel a need to do it aggressively, upsetting innocent bystanders along the way. They show no remorse for their opinionated clap-trap, are always right and will never agree with anything anyone says. It's beyond sad to be of this nature. It screams desperation to interact, to find someone out there who might be just as annoying and will therefore be happy to join in the confrontation. I've been noticing it a lot recently on different blog posts and many articles I've read. One blogger in particular seemed to be hounded by a troll who had quite obviously spent all day on her blog, replying to every comment. It was beyond pathetic. But it also stopped me leaving a comment. I don't like confrontation and I certainly won't feed trolls. Commenting on someone else's blog is a simple way to interact, whether it be an agreeable or disagreeable comment. But when a troll comes along and starts to get personal, rude and abusive, for me, right or wrong, that's the time I back away.
In the past I've given a short response to a troll's comment that I felt would be justified but I've never directly replied to a troll. I don't see the point. Blogging isn't always about happy, fluffy, I-agree blog posts; it is about you, your personal feelings, your opinions, needing advice, feedback, suggestions, getting to know people, showing off your pictures, letting the world know about your child's achievements. I read such a huge variety of blog posts, some sad, some happy, some laugh-out-loud, some so well-written they deserve an award and some that are written from the heart. To think someone could come along and trash your blog post with their venomous drivel is pretty despicable. I guess we'll always have trolls on the internet. Some don't need feeding, they just enjoy their given right to "freedom of speech" as they pull everyone up on their opinions. But if you do get a troll on your blog, don't reply to them. Ignore them. They don't deserve your time, and they certainly don't deserve to sit behind a computer screen grinning at the thought of having wound you up. That's when they know they've won.