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November Interview Schedule: 11/7 Lane Stone, 11/14 Maggie Toussaint, 11/21, Joana Garcia


Saturday Guest Bloggers: 11/3 Barbara Ross
WWK Satuday Bloggers: 11/10 Margaret S. Hamilton, 11/17 Kait Carson

Starting on Thanksgiving Day, 11/22, WWK presents original holiday offerings until New Year's Day. 11/22 Warren Bull, 11/29 Annette Dashofy, 12/6 KM Rockwood, 12/13 E. B. Davis, 12/20 Paula Gail Benson, & 12/27 Linda Rodriguez. We will resume our regular blogging schedule on 1/2/19. Please join us!


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:


Grace Topping signed a three-book contract with Henery Press for her Laura Bishop Home Staging series. Congratulations, Grace!

KM Rockwood's new short story, "Map to Oblivion," has been included the anthology Shhhh...Murder! edited by Andrew MacRae and published by Darkhouse Books. It was released on Sept. 12.

Warren Bull also has a story in Shhh...Murder! Look for "Elsinore Noir," Warren's short story, in this anthology.

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Shari Randall's third Lobster Shack Mystery, Drawn and Buttered, will be available February 26, 2019.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Rolling With the Trolling by Warren Bull

Rolling With the Trolling by Warren Bull





Image from Pixabay

I’ve written before about my Facebook page, “I Love Abe Lincoln,” https://www.facebook.com/rwb10/ which I use to build a platform for my upcoming book Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories. At that time I had received my first, “I hate Lincoln” post. Oddly enough I found that reassuring. 
See, throughout my life, I have found that success attracts criticism. At the very peak of my athletic career, I became an average high school cross-country runner. Scores in cross-country meets were based on the finishing order of the top five runners on each team with the lowest score winning. A sweep was 5+4+3+2+1 = 15. After years of practice, I sometimes added to the opposing team’s total by beating a runner among their top five finishers. For that feat, a friend who said he could have been on the team informed me that I was “a natural” runner. Who knew? Here I thought years of sweating and plodding along had something to do with it.
So when the hate post appeared, I decided I had become prominent enough to gain a troll’s attention. With cultivation, learning through mistakes and keeping on keeping on (more plodding) the number of followers has grown. The number and variety of haters have grown too. Although Lincoln continues to attract the great majority of the flak, I have become a secondary target. I find it amusing that some accusations are the direct opposite of other accusations, which make it impossible for me to fulfill both. I’ve learned that the phrase, “You sound like an educated person” is not a compliment. Requests for personal information are usually veiled ways of asking, 
“Won’t you please give me a reason that I can use to totally discount what you write on the basis that you are A or you are not B.”
In addition to the trolls, the page is starting to attract posts from people who want to use my platform to benefit themselves. I call them barnacles. “Earn money from home,” vies with “Find out more about the TRUTH on my site.” I had a number of posts from a man who espoused a very different understanding of Lincoln. I didn’t mind until he started answering many posts with nearly identical information. I politely asked him to stop and his formerly friendly response style changed to a rant. Like the other barnacles, I blocked him from the page. My favorite barnacle so far is the “World Renown Psychic” who warned me about the chaos surrounding me and informed me he could help reconnect with various loved ones including my daughter. I don’t have a daughter.
I am interested in what will rise to the surface next. I will let you know.



8 comments:

Margaret Turkevich said...

I admire you for persevering with your project.

Warren Bull said...

Thanks

Shari Randall said...

It's good to see you're not letting the barnacles get you down!

Maddy said...

Barnacles! -- I must remember that.
I'm also inundated with offers to "upgrade" my site for a "small" fee, annoying but preferable to trolls.

Grace Topping said...

So if I get annoying posts I should consider myself as attracting attention and possibly on my way to success. I like that theory. Thanks for bringing that up. I’ll feel batter about trolls and negative feedback.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, great blog. I haven't gotten any barnacles yet from my Web Site. Maybe it's because not many people go to it. That's worse than getting all those you get. As for anyone not likeing Lincoln, that has to be really stupid or racist people.

Patricia Dusenbury said...

I'm impressed with your marketing strategy and enjoyed the blog. Trolls are part of life - always have been. The Internet gives them wider reach, but it also provides you the ability to block them, which is difficult if they live nearby or are related to you.

KM Rockwood said...

Ah, are you completely sure you don't have a daughter? Think of the possibilities!

Seriously, it sounds like you respond with grace, humor and tolerance until you reach the point where only firm boundaries will do.