Last year, just as itsseason had ended, someone turned me on to the podcast, Serial, which was perfect timing because I was able to listen to the entire season over the course of about a week. With no cool technology in my car, I put my iPad on my lap, cranked up the volume, and listened on my way to and from work - slightly unsafe, I know. A week or so ago, a friend reminded me that season two was underway, so I quickly dowloaded the first four episodes on my iPhone and listened through my car's stereo system. Ah ... the luxuries of living in a First World Country.
This particular episode was divided into several different mini-stories. It was the first story of episode #545 that was so fascinating. The woman telling the story was talking about trolling - people who make mean and hateful comments on social media because they can.
Ultimately, I realized that she just wanted to spew nastiness for the sake of being nasty. If she really didn't agree with me or didn't like what I was writing, she didn't have to read my posts. I sort of took it as a compliment that she found my writing compelling enough to come back for more. I haven't heard from her in awhile - maybe the quality of my writing has gone downhill?
How do you deal with the mean people out there? Do you delete their posts? Fire off a witty retort? Do you let other readers put the trolls in their place? Or do you do nothing at all?
And please, social media trolls, this is NOT a personal invitation. Do your business elsewhere!