I really admire Dr. Grumpy because (among other reasons) I've noticed when people make inflammatory comments on his blog, he just ignores them. It's really hard to ignore trolls. They take something you said, often something totally benign, and twist it as an attempt to get you really upset. Often the attacks try to get personal, although how personal can someone who's never met you get?
It always kind of baffles me. I mean, what kind of person is so pathetic that they need to spend their time trying to upset random strangers on the internet. Get a girlfriend or something.
Now that this blog has gotten more readers, I've gotten a handful of trolls. Less than I thought I'd get, to be honest. (Should I be insulted?) It is SO tempting to take the bait and reply to their inflammatory comments, but then I remember that that's just want they want.
So my new mantra is that when a troll comments or emails me, I just laugh at the fact that this person wasted their time doing this, and ignore it. Thanks, Grumpy, for showing me the way! (And for having the funniest blog on the internet.)