Here on my blog I shy away from most things controversial or negative in nature. I like this to be a place full of positivity and inspiration. Because of that, I really haven’t gotten much negative feedback from readers.
But when you write enough and keep putting posts out there it’s bound to happen… and it did recently. I wrote a Weekly Verse post about paying attention and considering the wonderful miracles of God!
Nothing too offending in that… or so I thought… but I got a tweet back in response that said: “Oncology units at children’s hospitals, over 3000 genetic disorders, starvation & disease also part of your god’s wonder.”
This caught me off guard. My first instinct was to fire back a response but I held off. I checked out the Twitter bio of the person that didn’t care for what I wrote. The first thing it said was “atheist”.
It was making sense. I was getting trolled. If you’re not familiar with the term… a troll is one who posts a deliberately provocative message online with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.
I’m glad I didn’t take the bait. If I had, I’m sure it would have ended in frustration, a raised blood pressure, and no change in thought from either side.
Here’s the funniest part. Because this troll tweeted me back and tried to get a rise out of me… the original tweet with a link to my Weekly Verse post got seen by a lot more people.
It started to get more likes and retweets. In short, someone who took issue with me sharing God’s word ended up getting the message out more than I did on my own. That post quickly became one of my most read weekly verses.
I share this story as a reminder to myself, and others, that you don’t need to feed the trolls. You don’t have to dignify every online comment with a response. Sometimes the best response is none at all!You don't have to feed the trolls. You don't have to dignify every online comment w/ a response. Click To Tweet
Have you ever been frustrated by an online troll?
There’s a road that goes right beside Adventureland Amusement Park that I used to travel a lot. It goes right under the Tornado roller coaster and back in the 90’s it was the main way to get from the radio station I worked at to Interstate 80.
I’ve driven that stretch of road too many times to remember… but there is one time that I was a passenger on that road that I’ll never forget.
Doug Supernaw was in town to do a concert at a local bar and needed a ride from his hotel to the radio station to do an interview. Our promotions director at the time asked if I’d like to go with her to pick him up.
We met him in the lobby and headed to the parking lot. My co-worker asked, “Do you wanna drive?”
She meant it for me but before I could answer Doug replied, “Really? I’d love to. I’m on the bus so much these days I don’t get to drive much.”
Neither one of us could tell him no given his excitement at the prospect of driving. So, instead of driving the 3 of us back to the radio station I found myself riding shotgun.
We had a good conversation and the ride was pretty uneventful… until we got to the part that took us by the Tornado roller coaster at Adventureland.
Doug slowed down and was staring up and out of the window at the roller coaster. I was worried he might veer completely into the oncoming lane but he corrected at the center line.
The last 5 minutes of the ride he was talking about the roller coaster and wanting to come back sometime to ride it. I don’t remember much about the interview or the concert later that night… but I’ll never forget that ride.