“I try to block as few people as possible. They’re a part of my audience. I either ignore them or say something witty back at their comments. They can actually be a lot of fun.”
On Anne LIVE we celebrate Trolls weekly with Trolling Tuesdays. Why?
The idea came from watchers called trolls that come on broadcasts and say horrible things that derail you from your show. People presume trolls are unhappy people on the other end with nothing better to do than be jerks and make mean comments.
If you are a live broadcaster or comedian practicing your skills for the audience, trolls can bring great lessons you can learn by like learning the art of come backs and learning to laugh at yourself a little more.
When people used to come into my live streaming shows and say things like, “Show your b**bs,” or, “hey say the name Mike Hunt,” I used to show my disdain and quickly block them. But one day, a fellow broadcaster, Dr. Wilson Trivino with @abcvision and author of, ABCs of Live Streaming: Harness the Power of Social Media, changed my perspective. He told me, “I try to block as few people as possible. They’re a part of my audience. I either ignore them or say something witty back at their comments. They can actually be a lot of fun.”
There’s also another perspective. Sometimes trolls can be our angels in disguise by bringing us messages with seeds of truth. Like the time a troll told me, “Lady don’t you dare take those glasses off cause you’re ugly!”
I’m a confident woman and even though he was wrong in general, his words had a seed of truth in them. I had quit taking care of my looks before going live and turning on the camera. I quickly corrected it and no one has said a negative word about my looks in future broadcasts since. Broadcasters are not in a beauty contest, but if you look so unkempt that it’s distracting for people than you might want to step it up in the looks department. Plus we are human and feel positively when we have something aesthetically pleasing to look at. I have re-calibrated my thinking when it comes to trolls and taken the good doctor’s advice. I decided to stop blocking trolls as a first impulse. (Notice i said first impulse. There's exceptions to every rule) .
With this new perspective, the next broadcast when a troll appeared and said, “Show me your b**bs,” I showed him barbie's b**bs. Watchers laughed. Suddenly this troll that came in to cause havoc and mayhem in the broadcast brought unexpected fun and laughter. The troll brought our live stream group together.
Trolls have helped me grow thicker skin, not to take myself or the show so seriously and given us all something to laugh at. Trolls are people too (#TAPT) and on Tuesdays they are always welcome in Anne LIVE. Beware though, bad bad language will be blocked.
Trolling Tuesdays has become a habit on Anne LIVE and we look forward to being visited by the worst and the best of them. In today’s broadcast regulars even tried to troll themselves.
May you be HOT in all your Trollvels (travels - get it?)