Source: Wikimedia (troll) Licensed for reuse.
I learned today that one of the newer blogs I have been following, Opinionated Man, has stopped blogging for an undetermined amount of time. He states his reason for leaving is to become a “treasure hunter,” however, having followed him for some time, I felt it was more due to a horrible troll bashing on him and threatening his family. This idea was supported in another post >here<.
I have yet to be bothered by a troll. I don’t know if it’s because my main thrust in life is freedom of expression and love of everyone or whether my blog is just so insignificant, I don’t “deserve” a troll. I have been realizing that I do not have a great enormous widespread influence on people around the world. I have also been realizing that is fine with me. I get 10-20 views per day and have nearly 1,000 followers all counted. I have been blogging steadily since about Feb. 2011, shortly after my rehab for my stroke ended (Though rehab for that never really ends). I have brought ideas out to people and have tried not to be pushy nor uninformed when I tossed ideas and info out into the “void” which is the Internet.
I will not go into a deep hating oratory about trolls. They have affected two blogs I try to follow closely. Opinionated Man and Aghostdancer. The second is a wonderful blog about a woman who has been to hell and back, still has many issues, yet, like myself, just keeps on going and smiling while she’s at it. We have spoken in comments enough that I feel close to her and understand a lot of what she is about. I have read her posts concerning her life and how it progressed. It is a fascinating story and I would urge you to follow the blog.
Back to trolls: I have done some reading and tried to understand them. I don’t. They don’t make their identities known as they can be tossed from sites and have been successfully apprehended by legal arenas and fined or even jailed. The worst, I believe, are the cyber bullies. I wrote of one young woman who had a cyber bully who followed her from year to year and town to town and finally, in my strong opinion, was the main cause of her suicide. I wish him caught, convicted, and sentenced to life.
The troll for OM may have been just as bad. OM simply was older, more mature, and took his family out of fire. I don’t blame him a bit.
You will be missed, OM. The rest of you do what you can to keep pushing through such trash and let’s work together to stop them and get them off the net as much as possible.