This week I was surprised to see a rather nasty anonymous comment on a blog post. Quite why the person felt the need to leave it, and why they didn’t put their name to it, who knows, but it was nasty, all the same.
Then, yesterday, I heard about another blogger receiving a nasty anonymous comment on her blog.
I know what it’s like to have a troll, because I had a persistent troll problem – until I wrote this post, in fact, when they suddenly stopped.
There is a difference between trolling – anonymous comments designed to deliberately provoke an emotional reaction – and flaming, which is when someone leaves a contrary comment designed to provoke a debate. Trolls are more sinister, their motives nastier. They are bullies.
The best thing to do, as anyone will tell you, is not to feed the troll, by engaging in any kind of conversation with them. I took the route of not publishing my troll’s comments, which of course made them even more cross. Good. That’s called taking the power back.
But what worries me about the trolling I’ve seen in circulation this week is that they seem intent on causing trouble in the mummy blogosphere. As I’ve said before, the mummy blogosphere is not as cosy as some people would like to pretend. But at the same time, it makes me sad that at least two people are currently hellbent on causing trouble.
It is, I suspect, fuelled by jealousy, and in a way, all you can do is feel sorry for them. But they need to stop, before someone gets really hurt. Or at least have the courage to put their names to their nasty comments, so we all know who to avoid in future. They may not read this post, but if they are reading: just stop.