Ok, so before we get into this post, I feel I ought to warn you that there is strong language ahead! If you are easily offended, leave this post now and come back for my next post!
This post is relating to my recent experience with an internet troll.
Trolling is a term for the pathetic people who sit at home hidden behind a computer and criticise people. Fundamentally they are bullies. We have all encountered bullies in some form, be it in school when there was that horrible kid, in bad relationships and even in the workplace. The internet is a welcome platform for these horrible creatures, a place where they can hide and say what they like and only be challenged verbally, no one can turn round and give them the smack in the teeth they deserve. The internet is a safe place for them. The internet is a wonderful tool, without it I wouldn't be chatting daily with a friend in Florida, writing this blog or mixing daijly with my lovely readers via the various social media platforms. Yet out there in the darker recesses of the internet, the horrible troll bullies live. To me they are on a par with the weirdos pretending to be a 15 year old boy in order to speak with young girls and try and meet them.
I am a 35 year old woman, I was a child in the 80s, before all the PC "softly softly, tread carefully" bullshit came in, I have ginger hair and I survived. As a kid I learned the best way to deal with bullies was to take away their power, laugh in their face, show them you aren't intimidated by them, to some extent reflect their venom right back at them. This is something I still firmly believe in and have told my stepdaughter when she was younger and having trouble with kids. I have left comments for my cousin's kid who is getting bullied for looking "different" explaining this. Bev I am going to email you this to show Natalie. Natalie, I have been there. I was that kid once. I was the only kid in my year who loved heavy metal, I looked different, I certainly never actually smacked the bullies in the teeth, I never needed to as I was quick enough to put them in their place verbally and make everyone laugh at them. A bully detests this, when the audience they were acting up to turns round and laughs at them. This post is for you Pinterest user "Nail Police" as promised. You are a fucking bully. And a weak one, who blocked me the moment I said I had screen shots showing this.
Ok so here's what happened....
I recently had a look on Pinterest after being a bit lazy with updating my pins. I had a look at pins of images taken from my site and found this. It is just the pink nails here, the screenshot captued the lovely Vic's pin - nothing to do with the bullying!
Nice eh? www.pinterest.com/nailpolice
Worse still was finding how this person had gone to town with Kerrie of PishPosh & Polish. A bully usually is a weak person hiding behind a false powerful exterior, so I can only imagine that the person who is behind this account (and seemingly hates Kerrie and I) is suffering from some kind of jealousy. Maybe they are a failed blogger? What is it Nail Police? Perhaps you feel your hands and nails look far superior to either of ours and yet we have been blogging longer / have more followers / better ideas / better pictures / more polish / more regular posts? Maybe you are the opposite end of the spectrum, one of the weird internet pervs, a hand fetishist out for a quick wank who couldn't get it up for my nails or Kerries?
Some petty reason, possibly one of those I just mentioned, has driven them to create a board on Pinterest of things they don't like. Hell yeah, that's a great idea, keep a pin board of stuff you hate, so you can look at it time and time again? Awesome. Why not start collecting your own shit in a jar and looking at that too? Bitterness must fucking eat you up from the inside.
Not being afraid to take on a bully, I happily left some comments, these include "the C word" which some people find offensive. As a literature student (something else I have in common with Kerrie) I see the C word as just another word. A term which may shock some, but ultimately is just four letters.
I also shared this to my Facebook page and instantly got supportive comments from the people who make me feel the internet is a positive place. I am a member of a few groups on Facebook and commented in there, the members left comments on the pictures and reported the page inappropriate. The pins disappeared for a short time as a result of this. I then noticed the horrible descriptions had been amended to simply say pink. A descripton of a pin from Kerrie's page once said "serial offender and now says green.
Then the fun starts, I get an email notification that 'Nail Police' has replied to my comment. "Game on!" says Emma, rubbing her hands together. Suddenly they say there are pins of my nails gone on a good board, "wooopdedoooo, aren't I fucking lucky? I made it to the good board!" I actually laughed at this as the approved nails are from last year, hey is it that long since I produced something pinworthy Nail Police?! But then there is a comment saying I had asked for "constructive criticism" this sounds like a perfect invite for me to reply...
My final comment got me blocked, the poor, weak, pathetic bully cracked and couldn't take it any more. At this time I am unsure if the board is still going or not. Try the link, if it's still going call him or her a cunt for me. Two fingers to the trolls! Full nail art post offering two fingers will be coming soon! I may even leave polish on my fingers and skip top coat to ensure it gets right on the bully's tits. If he or she has any. They certainly don't have any balls.
If you are reading this 'Nail Police' (given you pinned from my page, you probably do read my blog) then please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me who you are. I will happily continue the discussion. Just know that I will also happily take screen shots and share them.
I know some people will question why I have written this post and given any type of acknowlegement or reaction to the bully. This is my first time finding any type of negative stuff about my blog out there. If people can't take shit being hurled back at them then they shouldn't dish it out (how does that meme from Facebook go, this who stir the shit pot should be prepared to lick the spoon?) I have always had the confidence to stand up to bullies however there may have been people who had been pinned on the board who wouldn't speak up or may have been upset or possibly even decided not to try again due to the negativity they experienced. If my speaking out makes the troll, ay troll think twice before posting then that's a good thing, if not then game on, by being nasty you invitingly place a big target for me to aim my 99% bitch at :)