The Truly Terrible Tale of the Troll

This morning I reviewed my email and discovered a less-than-lovely message from someone who has obviously seen my blog posts and decided that I needed to be put back in my box.

I, ladies and gentlemen, have been trolled.

My anonymous troll came out from under their bridge to deliver a lengthy attack on my character, credentials and actions. I was lectured on everything from having the audacity to be producing a book when I’m “not a doctor or any therapist to give advice” to enjoying a drink (apparently part of my “extravagant lifestyle” and potentially something that could “interfere with your medication and recovery”, not that this person knows anything about either).

Apparently my current Kickstarter campaign to launch my book rubbed this person the wrong way. I was told that if I myself don’t have the funds to publish it then “you shouldn’t worry about getting others to support you” because “you need to focus on simple goals and be a real person… Instead of trying to find ways to fund your extravagant life style (sic).”

At first I was amused. Then two lines stunned me: “You are simply a mature age undergraduate student studying psychology online from a regional university. What makes you think you have the creditionals (sic) to make any change in mental health?”

Firstly, this person left no name or contact details other than a generic email address for a major health insurer, so they obviously know plenty about me yet are too cowardly to put their name behind their criticisms.

Secondly, I’m being criticised for having the nerve to do something potentially beneficial to others, based on personal experience and extensive research. Apparently I should just lead a simple life. Really? 

How sad for you. How sad that you feel the need to attack someone else’s goals. How sad that you felt the need to assume things about me, like my ‘extravagant lifestyle’. Really? So having the odd $15 bottle of champers is extravagant? You don’t know my circumstances and you have no right to judge others. 

It’s so incredibly disappointing that some people use the Internet – a tool that has delivered so many positive changes – to attack others. Why? So they can feel better about themselves? That’s an unpleasant way to live. 

To my troll, it was lovely of you to end your message with “I truly want you to be happy and resolve your own personal battles,” however I suggest you focus on better understanding what it is about you that made you attack me anonymously. If you don’t want to support my campaign, fine – don’t. If you don’t want to read my book, fine – don’t. That doesn’t change anything for me nor does it change my right to do something that I believe in.

I wish you well on your life’s journey. And I hope that the next time you pop out from under your bridge, you think first before spreading negativity into the world. There’s enough as it is and all you’re doing is making yourself appear ugly to others. And that’s the saddest part of all.

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