I use to believe that on days when everything is going your way that nothing on this earth could stop you. Well it turns out I was wrong about that, I found the place that will stop you dead in your tracks on the best day of your life. A place I like to call the dark heart of the Internet, a place called the comments section.
As an artist or performer looking to work in new media, the comments section can leave you devastated. All it takes is one bad comment and many would call it quits. There are few things that are as demoralizing as pouring your heart and soul into something only to have it destroyed.
Don’t despair though; NewMediaRockstars has your back. We reached out to some of our new media favorites for advice on how to deal with ugly comments. The following are a few tips on how to handle the beast that is the troll.
Don’t Try To Get Revenge
One of the most common errors new media artists make is trying to get even with the troll. Instead of getting in a shouting match, let it roll off you back. It’s not worth your time. Don’t take our word for it, here’s what friend of NMR and YouTube comedian David So had to say on the matter.
“It’s not worth it. I respond because it’s fun. If you do it for retribution it’s a complete waste of your time. Roll with the punches its part of the job” – David So
Don’t Let Them Discourage You
No one wakes up and suddenly is a YouTube celebrity. MysterGuitarMan and KassemG worked for years to get new media fame and so will you. The difference between the successful celebrities and the one hit wonders is they didn’t let some bad comments stop them. If someone hates your stuff, so what? How’s their YouTube channel going? Oh that’s right they don’t have one. We asked YouTube performer Kaleb Nation how he bounces back from negative press.
“It’s easy to ignore negative comments when you see how little intelligent thought is put into 98% of the hate, and when you remember the commenters still counts a as view. You always win over the trolls in the end that way” – Kaleb Nation
Delete, or Don’t Delete, It Doesn’t Matter
If there is hate in your comments section, don’t let it stress you out. At the end of the day it is your choice whether or not you want to delete or keep a bad comment. Deleting it won’t prove anything and keeping it won’t make a difference. Actress Arden Cho had this to say about deleting negative comments
“I read all my comments so it’s hard to ignore the bad ones but if it’sconstructive I take it into consideration and if it’s obnoxious I try my best to ignore it. I don’t delete negative comments because everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if you put yourself out there you’ve gotta be ready for the good and the bad. Plus the people who are going out of their way to “bash you” are the type to make second accounts to spam you with more hateful comments if you delete their posts or block their accounts. So don’t let the haters stress you out. Just remember you’ve got more people that love you than hate you.”- Arden Cho