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Game Over: How to Handle Cyberbullies on Your Blog
As a blogger, you pour your heart and soul into your online domain. Considering how much of yourself you put into each post, you expect that people will react positively. However, anyone who's ever had a blog can tell you that this simply isn't the case. While the average blogger will indeed enjoy many positive posts from readers and fans, practically every blogger deals with haters and cyber bullies. Adapting to these online "trolls" can be a bit of a learning curve for those who are new to blogging. To help you adapt and learn how to handle them with a thick skin, here are some tips on dealing with haters and cyber bullies on your blog.
Develop a Thick Skin
It sounds like blunt advice, but it's the most important thing you can keep in mind as a blogger. Remember, once you carve out a place for yourself on the internet, you essentially immediately become a public figure. Like any public figure, you are subject to scrutiny. This is why it's so important to develop a thick skin. Remember, those leaving negative comments don't know you personally. Hence, you can't take their online vitriol to heart.
Learn The Difference Between a Detractor and a Real Hater
It's important that you learn the difference between someone who simply disagrees with you and someone who is a true hater. If you create blog posts that take a firm political stance, for example, you can expect some people to post comments that disagree with your view. These people don't necessarily fall into the "hater" category. However, those who aren't contributing anything to the discussion and instead just bashing you as a person are in fact what most consider to be haters.
Exercise Your Right To Moderate Comments
No one wants to censor their readers. However, if there are several comments that contribute nothing to the conversation and instead just spread toxicity and vitriol, it's okay to exercise your right to remove these comments and block these posters. Blogging can be incredibly stressful and time-consuming. If a hater or a cyber bully is causing you a lot of stress, there's no shame in removing their hateful comments and preventing them from harassing you again in the future. Even the most successful bloggers will tell you that focusing on haters is a waste of your valuable time.
Focus On The Positive
While you'll always encounter hater comments, you'll also receive a lot of wonderful and supportive comments. It's important that you focus on those as a blogger and try to ignore those who are throwing negativity in your direction. As a blogger, your purpose is to entertain and inform your fans and readers who like your work. You have no obligation to try to change the minds of confirmed cyber bullies and haters. If you can focus on the positive comments and the great debates that arise in your comment section, you'll be a lot more content and enjoy greater peace of mind.
Hater comments and cyber bullies come with the territory in the world of blogging. However, if you follow these tips, you can push that negativity out of your mind and focus only on the positive. A smart blogger knows to never take haters and cyber bullies seriously.
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