Ignorant People and Trolls

So the other day I got this comment on one of my posts. 

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The first time I read it was when I had woken up in the middle of the night and was half asleep. I saw the notification and skimmed it, thought about how stupid people were, and went back to sleep. Then I forgot about it until later the next day. I was going to just brush it off as I normally do with these types of comments, but something about this one just really irked me. So instead I screenshot it and posted it on both my blog and personal Facebook pages. I did so mostly because the reality is that bloggers get comments like this often, but most people never see them. I guess I just wanted to put it out there that some readers are just not nice people.

Then the comments started pouring in…

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To say I was taken aback was an understatement. I mean I know that some people like reading my posts, but I never thought someone’s negative words would bring so many kind ones to the surface. There are always going to be people out there who read other’s words and comment simply to be mean or to get a reaction out of the person. I’ve known this since I started writing, yet it still gets to me on a personal level sometimes. Just knowing that someone else takes the time to point out my flaws, or call me out for not being a “real” alcoholic…it hurts. I’m not sure if this person was simply trying to get a rise out of me, or if they are really that ignorant and narcissistic. Trolls and insecure people hide behind their computer screens and belittle others to build themselves up. Rarely do they ever comment using a real profile or name. To put it bluntly, they’re cowards. Nothing about what they do is admirable or well-meaning. It’s actually a little sad. But, as with so many things in this world, the kind people outnumber the rude and mean ones.

Thank you all for reminding me of that.

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