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