5 types of online troll you are likely to encounter as a blogger

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An online troll is basically somebody who hides behind their computer screen being mean to others. Often intentionally trying to provoke people for a reaction. Recently there seems to be an increase in the amount of online trolls. I think this may be partly down to partaking in more social media viewing. It may be partly that I am socialising in more forums and visiting more websites. 

Firstly I want to say that I find forums and blogging groups fantastic. I’ve met some wonderful people in groups. These groups are usually jam packed full of supportive bloggers who will share tips, comfort you during sad times and praise you when you’ve hit a milestone. Even if they don’t think it is the biggest achievement themselves. These are the sort of people I want to be surrounded by in my online life. Those that bring one another up. Even if they have their own problems going on.

Sadly there always has to be one troll doesn’t there – usually someone who is hiding behind an alias or using a 10 minute email address! Someone waiting in the wings to comment on your blog post, tweet or Instagram photo. This is normally someone who is jealous of your success, someone who is ultra picky or someone who knows-it-all. Here are 5 types of online troll you are likely to encounter as a blogger. If you’ve not encountered them yet then fear not, your time will come. Probably as your blog is becoming successful and you’re feeling really proud of yourself!

5 types of troll you are likely to encounter as a blogger

Online trolls: The preacher

We’ve all met these, and probably been one of these at some point. A preacher is a troll whose opinion is ALWAYS the right one. Even if there are no facts to back them up. When you’re passionate about a subject it can be easy to be a preacher. I’m sure at times I’ve been guilty of doing this, however, these days I find myself drafting a post, usually on social media, and then thinking why bother?! Will the person listen? Probably not. Will they change their opinion? Definitely not. WHY WASTE MY ENERGY.

How to deal with this type of troll: Don’t blog, ever. Avoid expressing any opinions, NEVER share your thoughts on ANY topic and don’t you dare Instagram a photograph of your child drinking from a sippy cup.

Online trolls: The perpetually offended

You know the ones. You write a post, about how you’re happy that you’ve fed your child and they’ve kept food down for the first time in 3 days, or that you’re happy that you having a holiday coming up soon. Whatever you’re posting about they are offended. Your lifestyle choices are offending a stranger. Then again some people really are easily offended!

How to deal with this type of troll: Just ride it out. They’ll get bored and find another photo, post or news article to be offended by in around five minutes time.

Online trolls: The conspiracy theorist

These ones are my favourite. You share a post, offering your own opinion on something. You even make a point of saying something nice like ‘If X isn’t working for your child it doesn’t mean that you’re doing anything wrong, babies just sleep through the night based on luck’ then before you know it you’ve got 10 posts in your comments section. Each one is dispelling your opinion, and niceties. They are telling you how your child doesn’t sleep through the night because you ate a runny egg yolk when you were pregnant. Or maybe it is because you like underwire in your bra. Or how if you let your child eat from a plastic plate, with metal cutlery, that your whole family will die of a terrible disease.

How to deal with this type of troll: Have a good chuckle. They’ll soon be back in a forum discussing how man didn’t land on the moon and Elvis isn’t dead.

Online trolls: The freebie blogger

These ones are probably the most frequently encountered troll for a blogger to deal with. You’ll get a message asking you how you received something for free. When you respond that nothing is free in life, and that the items you receive at ‘no cost’ actually require a blog post, social media posts, photographs and TIME out of your life you get a snotty response. Usually a response about how your blog is rubbish anyway. Or they’ll just email the brand themselves for some freebies for the free WordPress blog that they just set up five minutes ago. Even explaining how you’ve worked for several years to get to the level where brands contact you, and want to work with you, doesn’t deter them. On the odd occasion that you take pity on them, and share a contact that anyone can find on Google, they don’t even say thanks!

How to deal with this type of troll: Just wait a few days. When the novelty of being an amazing blogger has worn off, and the hard work begins they’ll soon fade away. Usually to their next amazing project.

Online trolls: The jealous

These are the original and best trolls really. I’m sure that these are encountered by ALL people online, not just bloggers. However, when you choose to share your life, or parts of it, with people, you are always going to get someone who is jealous of you. Sometimes this manifests itself in a way where someone constantly attacks you online. Sometimes it manifests itself in them blocking you from all social media and spreading lies about you. Either way, hold your head up high and know that you’re doing your own thing in life. If you’ve worked hard for something, whether it is a blog, or whether it is a nice possession, these people will HATE you for it. Actually hate you. Sometimes to the point where they will drive to your home, or track down your address to send you a nasty letter. They might even get your phone number from a PR contact and then bombard you with telephone calls about how you invented your child to become more popular.

How to deal with this type of troll: Continue to ROCK at your life. Don’t let the bitchiness of one person, or a group of people, bring you down. Eventually the jealous will move on to someone else. They’ll never quite realise that they’ll won’t emulate your success with all the time they waste online being toxic.

Personally I’m not one who is easily influenced by the opinions of the minority. I choose to walk down my own path in life. For the most part I find it easy to block out people that I dislike, or whom dislike me, whether for a valid reason or not. If you’re encountering trolls online then I would firmly suggest you delete their comments, block their email address and learn to rise above it. These people are always going to exist. Such is the anonymous nature of the internet. You’ll feel like the better person for ignoring them completely. Alternatively, just write a ranting blog post, like me, that may also help!

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29 Responses

  1. LaaLaa September 5, 2016 / 8:47 am

    I’ve seen others have such issues with trolls, I really pay them no mind but not everyone can do that. The freebie troll *rolls eyes* they’ve been around for way too long.

  2. Chammy September 5, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Some people really do need to get a life – especially the ones who accuse you of making up Daisy hahaha such a silly person!

  3. Asajj September 5, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    There are very strange people out there 🙂 The Internet enables such behaviours unfortunately and this is one of the downsides of it. It is great if you can just ignore and ignore !

  4. Christine Dodd September 5, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    So far I’ve only had the odd weird comment which I’ve ignored. Don’t know why they waste their time.

  5. Harriet from Toby & Roo September 5, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    I get the odd one, especially on my socials, but the worst for me is other bloggers being so whiney about the way that others do stuff “this isn’t authentic”, “this is so annoying”… ahh, if you have time to be affected by other bloggers you need a new job, or like you say, are a jealous troll ha!

  6. Tara September 5, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    You definitely missed out a huge group, men who hate woman expressing themselves online!

  7. Rhian Westbury September 5, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    I’ve been lucky enough to not experience trolls within the blogging industry but I have seen so many trolls on other peoples blogs x

  8. Angela September 5, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    I’ve had all of these and agree. The worst for me is the freebie person who thinks everything we have is free. As if!

  9. Ana De- Jesus September 5, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    I think we can all be preachers without realizing but trolls are something else. I think they are nasty and ignoring them does work to an extent but when it gets below the belt I speak up for myself.

  10. Liz Mays September 5, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Gosh, we really do encounter some strange commenters. People feel very comfortable being rude when they’re anonymous.

  11. Jessica September 6, 2016 / 1:43 am

    There are lots of them. Best way is to ignore, I guess

  12. Elanor September 6, 2016 / 8:56 am

    I’ve only ever met one online troll and it was the perpetually offended type. She felt she was perfectly entitled to tell my how much my lifestyle offended her!

  13. Anna nuttall September 6, 2016 / 9:33 am

    I’m lucky to not met any of these trolls – if they do come I’ll them to bugger off. Don’t need em in my life. xx

  14. Nicola September 6, 2016 / 11:19 am

    I think I’m quite likely to have avoided these – at least as a blogger! Years and years ago in the days of LiveJournal I definitely had a few.

    Nicola //

  15. Claire September 6, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Sounds like writing this was just what you needed!

  16. Elizabeth September 6, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    I feel that I’ve been quite fortunate in the five years that I have been blogging – I have had very limited encounters with trolls or just generally unpleasant people. Bloggers tend to be rather awesome people. 🙂

  17. Rachel September 6, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    And the troll all rolled into one of all the things you have mentioned above x

  18. The Reverend September 6, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    the preacher? I hope thats not me!


  19. Nikki September 6, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    Great post I most have definatly came across a few of these but online and offline!

  20. nicol September 6, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    i’ve encountered a few and i’ve learnt to just ignore them. not worth my time and feelings

  21. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 6, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    I think I have met all these trolls at one point. There is always going to be someone that is going to be offended by something.

  22. Leigh at Fashion Du Jour | LDN September 6, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    YASSSSS! You preach it sister! Bloggers are so supportive of each other as we know how tough it is. It sounds like you have had some tough experiences but love that you are rising above and carrying on. We are yet to encounter a real troll but yes, we have had numerous inboxes off other “bloggers” or girls with an Instagram account asking us for freebies?! It’s odd. Then we see them piggybacking off the brands we have collaborated with, following us to see who we work with next *sigh* You have to laugh right?

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

  23. MELANIE EDJOURIAN September 6, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Great post I found this really interesting and have encountered trolls myself in the past, it’s not pleasant.

  24. Jemma September 7, 2016 / 5:52 am

    Someone always has something to say. I’ve probably come across most of these.

  25. Charlotte September 7, 2016 / 11:52 am

    This is a great post! I have also had a troll who isn’t a blogger. She asked how I managed to review things for free without getting scammed. I told her it was because I had worked hard at my blog over time and they now chose me to advertise their products.she replied saying, ‘Oh, I guess you just got lucky.’ xx

  26. Hannah September 7, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Nothing worse than a troll! Luckily I haven’t come across too many X

  27. Kira September 7, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    I get all these sort of people in real life to and not just on my blog, it’s so annoying!

  28. Annie B September 10, 2016 / 6:51 am

    What a great post. I have had mainly weird comments on my youtube channel about me looking weird or that my personality is annoying. People just need to get a hobby!

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