Recently, an aspiring author friend of mine started putting up chapters of his story Heart of Winter on his blog/Facebook page and someone came along and anonymously posted a comment about how he should stick to his day job, yadda yadda yadda. While it being totally untrue (I’ve read his first novel. It’s GOOD!) it’s also ridiculous and quite cowardly in my opinion.
Since this is the internet, trolls are pretty common. People feel brave hiding behind a monitor I suppose. Many will say people troll because they’re jealous and that might very well be true, but I think some people are just down right mean. They have miserable lives and feel like they have to spread that misery. Damn bullies are everywhere. Even on the internet.
If you really don’t like something, far be it from me to tell you not to comment, but be an adult about it. Don’t be cowardly and post as anonymous. Back up your position. Did you find a bunch of typos? Is my grammar poor? Are my characters one dimensional? Do I have plot holes big enough to drive a Mac Truck through? To just say “You suck” tells me you’re just jealous and/or mean.
If you’ve got problems with a troll, don’t feed them more ammo. To argue back is what most of them want. They want to debate and keep reminding you how much they think you “suck”. You can do one of two things; either ignore them completely or I find jokingly agreeing with them and refusing to get angry works for me.
Them: You suck!
Me: I KNOW RIGHT?! It’s amazing that they still allow me space on the interwebs!
Them: uhh yeah, uhh you are..umm yeah…you SUCK!
Me: Totally! I can suck a battery through a garden hose!…oh wait, is that not what you meant?
Them: ….YOU’RE NO FUN!
Me: I know
Them: *logs off*
Like the occasion bad review, you’re probably going to get a troll here and there. Don’t let it get to you and don’t take it personally. Let their comments roll off your back and move on. Like all bullies, they’ll get bored and soon crawl back under their bridges to wait for another goat who tries to cross.