All bloggers are putting themselves out there one way or another, some resorting to (mostly) the written word while others put an emphasis on the power of pictures. Both can cause the kind of comments that only the abysmally small-minded and uneducated feel the urge to utter in the shroud of anonymity provided by sitting in their computer hidy-hole and apparently having nothing better to do than being a pest aka troll. Of course it's a lot easier to comment on a photo as it doesn't involve actually reading a text. Wouldn't want to rattle those sleeping brain cells by actually filtering words through your mind.
So what can you do if it happens on your blog? I suggest you ignore it and activate comment moderation if necessary. Don't ever get in an argument, because you would only fan the flames doing that. How can you keep trolls from having a field day on your blog? There is no sure-fire troll-repellent that I know of, unless you want to simply delete your blog, but that wouldn't exactly achieve anything either. What it all boils down to is that as much as you cannot avoid it from happening, you can take precautions. Finding the right balance between what to make public and what to keep private is key and most of all, be careful about the kind of photos you are publishing.
Did you ever witness a troll wreaking havoc on a blog or were you ever confronted with such a situation on your own blog? Would you agree that the world of book blogging is more peaceful compared to other blogs? Please share.
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