Trolls, in whatever context they are being referred, often takes the same form irrespective of the platform(s) on which they have to choose to use to troll or the person they are trolling. Trolls are just some keypad warriors who delight in fomenting trouble. Anybody — including freelance writers — could be their game.
As a general way of handling trolls, it is often recommended that they should be ignored completely. And at other times, (but need I state clearly that it is the most ineffective and unsuccessful approach), some epic comebacks might be suggested. So like seriously? Smart, best, epic troll comebacks for just one or few troublemakers who wear different colors? I do mean clapping back at a button who just moved on?
Because trolls are often anonymous, a lot might be unknown to you about them. As at the time you got really serious, they’ve have created another pseudonym and are off to their new game.
The subject of trolls might be nothing to you, especially if you are a freelance writer who has been out there for a while (and this post might not be for you, anyway); but if you’re just starting out, and let’s just say a beginner freelance writer who’s looking to have some sort of social proofs, so you got your first post live on Huffington for instance. The first comment came in a few minutes afterward, with the hope that someone has found the post helpful. But only to check to see the b-word…the f-word… it could be something else, really.
While it is easy to be told to ignore them, it doesn’t end there. Freelance writers are just like anybody; we have emotions too. So, a lot of the time we might be tempted to clap back. But does it really worth it?
Look, you are the one who is building a web presence, your trolls aren’t. When you clap back you look bad and feel sad, they don’t. Those trolls will just create a new profile and move on. Reminding yourself of this helps you to keep your cool and stay focused.
Or you think you have facts? Do you want to prove a point? I will say it’s pointless. There are a lot of pained people moving around. We only get to see them when they decided to offload their problem on our posts.
A lot of the time they comment off topic, which could be taken to mean that nothing really is wrong with the post. The part of criticism, however, cannot be ruled out. For this reason, you should learn to hide your heart and continue with professionalism. You’ll be criticized, for sure. But criticism should not deny you from enjoying your passion.
Toward becoming a better writer there are a lot of learning to do and in addition, a lot of corrections to take as well. The moment you start getting emotional is the moment you start doing yourself a disservice. By implication, every feedback on your post will be viewed through the prism of trolls on the prowl. But it doesn’t work that way. You need fresh eyes to help you look at your pieces (trolls inclusive!) and find it helpful or not. The comment they leave on your posts is what is known as feedback. Feedback, depending on how you choose to handle it, could make terrific or terrible of your next post. This is why it is even unprofessional to be nasty, even to trolls.
And do not forget your goal as a freelance writer is to have those clients all for yourself. But you do not know when they will be reaching out to you. As well, you do not know what will prompt their decision. Well, I can’t say two or three people have I seen who meet their now client through shared post. The clients actually admitted that they were thrilled with the quality of the post and the engagement on it.
It is essential you have a tunnel vision. Focus on creating great contents and in no time you will see everything else become a blank noise.
If you can just know that you’re creating those contents for your prospective clients and not for some trolls, I can bet you won’t have a problem sticking with your vision long enough until soon that you will begin to blow. Trust me, if anyone deserves your attention at all, or you want to waste your energy proving points, I think your client got you. Or what do you think?
Having read the post, I am tempted to ask, have you ever been trolled? On what blog or website and which color was the troll camouflaged? Was it anything about your post, really? How do you feel? And how did you handle it? Share them with me through the comment box.
Sam is a freelance content writer. He blogs at 1stclasswriters.com where he shares his knowledge and experience about the freelance writing business. When Sam is not writing, he could be on his social channels chatting up like minds.