Not the ones from my childhood with fluffy hair that you put on the end of a pencil (I think they are back actually as the kids seem to love them too.)
Nor the kind who live under bridges (my mum told me so it must be true.)
Internet trolls to be specific.
I have always read about trolls targeting people online. Some have reasons but lots do not. They come together en mass to torment and torture the person they have chosen.
When I first started my youtube channel I didn’t experience any trolling. I was very lucky that all I got was support and kindness.
However, as soon as I hit 1000 subscribers the trolls have come out to play. My videos started getting 5-6 dislikes as soon as they went live, within seconds of being published. There were never any negative comments just thumbs down/dislikes. It used to really bother me, I’d feel sad that these people found me so awful that they felt it was necessary to dislike my videos. It got me especially bad when it was a video with the kids in, dislike me all you like but dislike my kids and you will fuck me off a treat.
I currently have 3500 subscribers and most videos get at least 15 dislikes all within the first couple of minutes of publishing. Still barely any negative comments (maybe 1 a month). When I do get a negative comments I always reply a super nice reply just to annoy the commenter, I have even managed to change people’s opinions of me, I very rarely argue unless someone is just down right rude.
I have been blown away by the love and support I have been shown if I do get a mean comment, my subscribers rally and generally rip people new arse holes, the community of Purties is incredible.
The difference is that now I don’t care. I have come to realise that these people must have some really sad lives that they need to wait for me to publish a video and instantly dislike it without watching it. I feel sorry for them.
I am so proud of myself for what I have achieved with my channel, it has changed my life for the better and I refuse to let some nameless faceless keyboard warrior try and lessen the fact I am proud of what I do.
I know some people will be put off from starting a channel or a blog for fear of trolls. I want to tell those people to be brave, fuck the trolls, don’t let these nobodies piss on your dreams. They are jealous that they don’t have the balls to do what you (and I) do.
If you want to start a blog or a youtube channel and have any doubts or questions I am always here to chat (Instagram is best I always reply)