I think your blog can be called ‘popular’ once you start getting trolled.
What is a troll?
In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
This sense of the word troll and its associated verb trolling are associated with Internet discourse, but have been used more widely. Media attention in recent years has equated trolling with online harassment. For example, mass media has used troll to describe “a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families.
I have been blogging for 10 years now and trolls are part of the deal. The worst kind of troll is someone who is around you, is maybe even friends with you, can see you and starts posting nasty personal comments. This happened to me in 2006 when I had started blogging when in B school. I was the most unpopular slut in college and this person (from my B school) decided to have some fun by commenting on the boobs and stuff of my friends and me. I was devastated. Which part of this is supposed to be fun. I don’t know why he stopped… maybe the lack of response.
*Will dig out those comments and post them here… for fun and well, the hits too. Hope I haven’t deleted them*
This blog’s popularity has sky rocketed in March’15 for various reasons:
– Twitter. I have started sharing posts on twitter and that helps. In fact, KC gave me this idea. He had shared one post on twitter and got 250 hits in a day. That’s huge considering he barely posts. And now it’s working for me as well
– Twitter. I have a group of twitter friends who I interact with on a daily basis and they have started visiting the blog. This helps because the above visitors may not read every post but the regulars will. This kind of readership will continue for a long time.
– Facebook. Small part of the hits but important. It takes guts to pour your heart out on the blog and then share it with people you know personally. The only thing I don’t like is when people want to comment on the post on fb and have a discussion there. This is simply laziness. Everyone can read your comments on fb but very few will read on the blog so it’s better to express your views on fb. Then certain people will want to meet up and discuss your posts. This is the most aggravating of all. Can we please keep internet out of real life? My thoughts are not necessarily my actions.
– WhatsApp. There is only one person who buzzes me on WhatsApp everytime he reads an unhappy post- APC. And I have no issues with that. In fact, am more than happy we are back in touch.
Coming back to the trolls. They don’t annoy me anymore. Twitter has given me enough practice to deal with them. I just pity people who will read such long posts, get annoyed and then type nasty comments. It’s so much easier to be nasty than nice, isn’t it? I get it. I make up for all my nastiness online by being nice in person. Ok, maybe I don’t compensate enough but I try.
So… Mr Troll from Okhla… I don’t give a fuck. Here is a suggestion- please bring your friends along and waste time on my blog. I do need the hits. Hopefully then, Google adsense will approve this blog for ads and I will even make money off it. I will quit my job, sit at home in my shorts and without my bra (isn’t that how you work-from-home types do it? Don’t lie. I know you are naked on your calls and only wear the shirt for the video calls) and laugh at morons whose nastiness helps me make sooooo much money.
So, please continue. But this does not work both ways. So no publicity for you, ok? Only I get to read the comments and then shift them to spam.