So, I was super excited to try out the new Threads app and dive into the world of content creation. But as I started exploring, I encountered quite a few trolls who seemed to have an obsession with targeting Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg.
Can't help but chuckle at my own audacity for bringing up this again
Anyhow, it got me thinking about the challenges content creators face in their journey to produce great content and achieve success. Nobody's perfect, right? But then there's the inevitable factor that every content creator faces on social media: trolls, negative criticisms, and cyber attacks.
Damn, it seems that even in 2023, things haven't changed much in this regard.
Imagine this scenario: You've just proudly released a new video today, and then bam! You come across a harsh comment that dampens your spirits. It can be tough, but it's important not to let negativity get to your heart.
Trolling, in internet slang, refers to those individuals who purposefully provoke conflicts by posting mean and hostile comments on social media. While encountering trolls is inevitable, there are ways to handle them gracefully and prevent their negativity from affecting you.
Let me share a few simple yet effective tips on how to deal with online trolls and bullies as a content creator.
Delete is the last option:
While it's natural for creators to want to delete that one annoying troll in their comment section, it's important to remember that there ARE alternative ways to deal with them.
Instead of giving them the satisfaction of knowing their comment affected you, it's best not to acknowledge it directly.
Deleting harsh comments may give the impression that you can't handle the situation effectively, and it might even encourage the trolls to bombard you with more negative remarks.
Instead, if the comment crosses a line, consider reporting it and blocking the user from your page or account. Surround yourself with positivity and don't let that negativity disrupt your journey as a content creator.
Can’t And Won’t Ignore
Dealing with different types of trolls can be a daily challenge, but if you come across offensive or threatening comments, it's crucial not to ignore them. Ignoring such behavior might give the impression that you don't care about their harmful actions, potentially encouraging them to continue.
However, it's important to maintain your dignity and not stoop to their level with snide remarks or shady comments. Instead, respond to them professionally and with factual information.
Offering kindness in your reply can also help break the cycle of negativity.
You know, kill ’em with kindness.
And here's a fun twist: why not sprinkle some comedy into your response? This generates a more positive reaction. So, if you feel up to the challenge, go ahead and spread some laughter while dealing with trolls.
Be the Boss! No Trolls Allowed
When you're managing a platform, be it your social media profile, discussion forum, or blog, it's essential to have a set of clear guidelines that explicitly state a "no trolling" policy.
Having these rules in place helps ensure fairness and impartiality. If someone gets upset because their comment was deleted, you can refer them to your policy and explain that it was removed due to a violation.
Establishing and enforcing these guidelines creates a safer and more respectful environment for everyone involved. Got it?
Creators, listen up! Don't let a faceless account and its mean comments bring you down. You are so much more than that negativity. It's important to remember not to let them get under your skin.
Now, if you're wondering how to handle negative criticism, let me share a little secret of mine. Whenever I face those harsh comments, I simply go and listen to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off.
Haters gonna hate but I'm just gonna shake it off. 💃