I hope my friends and family are ready. I mean, I'm taking my sweet time rolling out, right, and most of you aren't seeing the hecklers yet. I've mentioned the out of the blue marriage proposal (sweet and somewhat lengthy), and a guy I blocked recently for going over my language line in comments on facebook (and he promptly followed me on twitter after that, and what I never mentioned yet was the continual bugging that got him blocked on G+), and today I banished a troll from my Lexx on G+. I've already talked to some of my family about no-guilt blocking since I've gone public with no filters, they've seen what I've gone through in the past, and they still support me. So far all this is pretty mild.
I've been through the nasty meat grinder that is the internet, and I've seen friends dragged through it. That is why I disappeared for awhile. I am learning to surf over all that crap, and I hope my friends and family are able to follow me over the top of the crap, too. Some people shut down when the scheiße flies, we've all seen celebrities do it, while others cave and wind up embroiled in the side taking and making lectures and whatevs. I'm not doing that.
The best PR advice I EVER got was "don't respond". I no longer explain, apologize, or question. I just simply walk away. If it's something I'm tired of seeing, I block and make it stay away. No side taking. ~I DON'T CARE.~ I am who I am, I do and say what I want, and if someone else tries to use me for attention in any way, shape, or form, fine, but I'm not dragging it onto my own turf. I'm not flagging my detractors for everyone to go look at. People who jump up and down with 'look at me' crap, whether it be sweet or malicious, are simply being ignored.
I am being followed on several media by some really awesome people. I want to emulate them, and be successful like them. I want cool things for myself, and to be good for other people. These things won't happen if I get distracted by troll drama. All the neat people that I watch from afar don't make big public deals out of troll drama, except to address cyber bullying and how to avoid/overcome.
Because I am who I am, and because I do what I do, I put people I care about at risk for contact with some real drags in this world. The reason I bring all this up is because you may sooner or later run into comments with links to some very unsavory contents that will boil your blood and trigger a reaction, and I'm hoping you don't fall for that. Pleeeeeeease don't pay attention to the trolls that might slip through and pop up around me. Please don't feed the trolls, because I don't reach down and pull people out anymore. If you get sucked into something that ruins your day, please understand that contacting me about it only detracts me further. I love my friends and family, but I have more on my plate than wasting time over stick poking and bickering.
One more thing- I take Lexx very seriously, as a product, as an art form, as a film mythology, and especially as a fan. Just because I like Lexx doesn't automatically mean I have low standards. Trolls who bomb my followers with links to anything close to drugs and porn automatically get blocked, whether it was meant to be just a funny little joke or not. I support followers of all ages, all orientations, and all religions that don't include ritualistic abuse. I guess this little post is like a disclaimer for my followers stating that I don't support the trolls who jump in and stir up trubbas. Even if you don't see me taking sides, please know I have a very low tolerance, and you have no idea how many people have already disappeared from my twitter feed. If I kept all the followers who ever followed me I'd have several thousand by now.
This is wordy and it's time to move on. I got sparkly bonus points this morning for disappearing an especially grievous troll. You're welcome.