Ive tweeted this.
Ive remarked it to Ren Men.
Im blogging it here: Im a little shocked it took me 10+ years living life on the ‘net—but I finally have me a troll.
Less than dreading the arrival of this occasion, I always wondered how it would feel.
Annoying? Super-personal? Frustrating? Would I feel protective?** Insulted?
Im a member of a number of blogger groups and when we chat invariably the discussion turns to the little funny haired creatures and how to react to them.
Rather than address that topic (as its been written about by wiser more articulate writers than I) I wanted to share the 3 reasons Ive chosen to love my troll.
Please to enjoy.
- S/he’s the best proofreader ever. Like I should completely be him paying proofreader. No, I did *not* see that extraneous comma. Well, actually I did & thought it was a stray chia seed or crumb on my screen. Sure the anger on said-crazy haired commenter’s end may not be warranted but s/he typically right & I zapped that sucker (and others pointed out) pronto.
- S/he’s my most honest critic. The conveyance of the message may be a little, uh, offbeat or fraught with semi-obscenities yet *underneath* there’s sometimes helpful information. Tidbits of insights which have made me a stronger writer and which no one else has pointed out. I tend to blog as if no one is reading while simultaneously blogging as if everyone knows my “story” & is a longtime reader (I know mutually exclusive much?). I appreciate my wild haired commenter for pointing out the ‘gaps’ which occur when a reader doesnt know the entire story. Who else cares enough to comb through posts & make book-length remarks on the tiniest of information-gaps?
- S/he’s helped me fine-tune my brand. I may not love the medium of the message (the wording. the proliferation of exclamation points) but my freaky follicled friend has unknowingly shown me branding inconsistencies Id never have otherwise noticed. The comments have made abundantly clear (when I was ready to receive the information) what I’d thought was tight, thought out branding contained gaps I needed to fix. ASAP.
If you blog whats your approach to the Rumpelstiltskins*** who visit? Are you a deleter? A responder? A starver?
If you dont blog do you read the comments left by others or are the harried haired in fact leaving messages which go UNread anyway?
Have you seen Shrek Forever After?
**Ive chosen not to delete comments. Im a firm believe if I choose to dump my
purse packpack out on the table & invite you in to take a look you’re free to say what you want. I do delete comments which attack other readers or guest post writers.
***I will forever envision blog trolls as Rumpelstiltskin from Shrek Forever After. In my mind they’re always shouting: bring me my ANGRY hair!