As many of my regular readers know, I write for a print and an online newspaper. I do my best to read any comments that are left regarding my stories because maybe I can learn something, or at least, understand how others are thinking.
It’s no surprise to you, my lovely readers, that lots of people post negative things, just like on any other social media platform. But sometimes, these comments can be nonsensical. I mean, I know what the commenter means, but I wonder if he/she/they know how it comes across.
For example, I posted this story on a national news outlet:
It was such an uplifting story about how specific dogs are bred and trained to help the “challenged abled” in several communities across the U.S.
But like I say, “You can tell ten people to have a nice day, and at least two of them will tell you to get bent [or insert your own obscene comment here].”
So, here’s my comment block and my responses to the comments. This is hard for me to do at times because I just want to say mean things. But wouldn’t that make me just like them? Wouldn’t it continue a conversation that I don’t want to participate in? So, with much restraint, I try to offer good tidings, even on nasty comments.
There are so many people out there who are having a very hard time (me included). But what you choose to do with these feelings is up to you. As I said, I initially feel mad/hurt/whatever when I read a nasty comment, but I just try to remember that the comment has NOTHING to do with me and to try to be kind to the commenter. Lord only knows what he/she/they are going through.
How do you handle trolls/nasty comments if you post on social media?
Have a great/blessed day and thanks for reading! And thanks in advance for any comments. I’d love to hear the different ways folks deal with nastiness.
Have a great/blessed day!