|Three Lemons on Blue 5×8 Watercolor|
Haters and Trolls in the Comments
This summer, the haters are out in swarms. Among my community of artisans with an online presence , this is a frequent topic. Haters skulk behind the bluish light of their computer screens, and crouch under the cloak of anonymity, while launching criticism, sarcasm, and insults in the comments of social media sites. Some of the javelins are tossed by “Helpers”. They include a caveat “I hope this helps”; a short little primer before an avalanche diagramming your mistakes with carefully crafted “you-don’t-know-what-you’re-doing” pointers. Long-winded, jagged-edged word-smithing, punctuated with LOL’s, as though a punch in the gut would be more tolerable if the hitter smiles and laughs while swinging.
Have Courage, Artists
Posting the results of creative endeavors – as a writer, a painter, a musician, a crafter or a chef, etc – takes some courage. Silent supporters and vocal critics are all gazing through the same pipes at creations generated by the ambitious hands of makers sweating with the hope of some sort of achievement. And communication on the internet is not a conversation on the couch. We don’t have the benefit of acquaintanceship, carriage & gesture, vocal inflection & tone, etc. Thumper’s Law dates back to at least the 1940’s: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. That’s some seventy-year old wisdom.
Steer your Ship
I don’t think it’s a good idea to reply & argue with haters. They would thrive on the attention they’re craving. My grandfather used to say “Acid will eat it’s own container.” Don’t internalize that which does not nourish you, and keep your creative/making spirit well-fed & sprightly. So, I don’t publish sarcastic comments – I delete the barbs & starve them of oxygen. Direct the urge to Take Action to better results. Because there’s a glorious amount of creating to do. Throw back the curtains, put on some music, and grab a paint brush.
How do you handle insults and hateful comments? Leave us some ideas in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you in the next post!