Why do people read (and comment on) blogs they don’t like?

Every blogger I know has had to deal with this. There’s always that one troll who obviously hates your blog, but keeps reading it anyway, and commenting negatively on everything you write. Here’s a post I wrote about that. (My own hate-stalker disappeared for the most part, but still shows up on occasion to remind me they are still there, watching and judging).

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This is going to be a pretty short post.   Someone who I won’t name had been commenting frequently on my political posts, and their views are almost the polar opposite of mine.   I can’t say this person is exactly a troll, because their comments weren’t offensive or abusive enough to qualify as troll comments, but their views were certainly at odds with mine and he/she wasn’t always very nice about it either.

I asked this person why they were reading my blog since what I have to say seemed to anger them so much, but got no reply.    He/she would be silent for a few days, and then make another negative comment.

Now I get that not everyone is going to agree with me, and I don’t expect them to.   I wouldn’t even want everyone to agree with me 100% of the time, because that’s boring.   Healthy debate is…

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6 thoughts on “Why do people read (and comment on) blogs they don’t like?

  1. As far as I can tell, the troll brigade that kept checking up on my blog/Twitter has dropped off the face of the earth. Their usual target posted a while back that he got them all kicked off Twitter; maybe that’s why. But my original hate-stalkers (used to be “friends” in real life) still show up about once a month or so. I just can’t figure out why, because it’s been 6 1/2 years now.

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  2. I don’t read the comments on my Twitter feed. I used to have lots of problems with trolls on Facebook & I had to block dozens of people. I’ve had a few negative remarks on WordPress but nobody’s ever trolled me. Thank you whoever for that.

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    • There’s a way to disallow comments on your WP blog (it doesn’t sound like you want to do that though), but I don’t think you can do that on Twitter. You can block people though. I’ve blocked many, since on Twitter I focus on antiTrump politics and get trolled a lot by Trump supporters.


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