Today I awoke to a comment notification on my YouTube channel. (Which is, by the way, unheard of on my tiny station.)

It was a kid: Can’t sing worth shit, but amazing guitar player.

I started laughing cause it was the first time I’ve been called an amazing guitar player. I responded with: Haha, well that’s something. Thanks.

Surprised kid: I was kidding, your singing is very talented.

What? “Very talented” is a stretch, so: no problem, I just like to write songs and work with what I got.

Thinking to comfort me he added: well you’re absolutely improving 🙂

Come on now… If you’re gonna troll, troll responsibly.



Painting our illusions in 108 words a day.


  1. ROFL!! They don’t think anyone will bother responding BACK. When they do, their humanity (or lack of it) shows. I had one like that on my writing, once. Being the thick-skinned, confident writer I am, I wrote back something like, “I can only assume you’ve had a rotten day and feel picked on and lower than a bee’s knees. If writing that to a stranger has kept you from kicking the dog or punching your best friend in the face, then I am glad to have served.” They wrote back with a very sincere apology; I’d hit the nail on the head, but they were completely taken aback by the empathy. Turned out, that was also a teenager. I don’t have much faith that mean-spirited adults will change, but kids… they deserve a second chance.

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      1. Don’t feel bad for him! He would not have replied again, if it had been too much of a shock or unwelcome. On the one hand, I do NOT believe that social media turns people into monsters. I think that it may ENABLE them to remove the veneer of civility they hide behind, face to face, but nice people don’t turn into trolls and trolls aren’t nice people, just because they might actually care what their boss thinks of them. THAT is the mask they wear – not the “anonymity of the Internet.” On the other hand, everyone has a bad day now and then. That doesn’t make them horrible people. Most of us have a little “troll” in us itching to play, too – but most of us don’t have truly evil, mean-spirited, HATEFUL trolls just looking to give the vulnerable a hard time. (Some of us like to sharpen our claws on those who prey on the vulnerable. That doesn’t make us saints, either.) There are lonely people out there who don’t believe anyone ever notices them. Maybe if they take a swat at someone, they’ll get noticed. Even bad attention is still…attention. It’s why kids misbehave, much of the time. They learn it’s easier to get bad attention, and all they crave is attention.

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      1. Sure thing! I know people love to blame young folks for text-speak and Internet acronyms, but I’m here to tell you, it’s MY generation (marginal Boomers) that’s to blame for LOL, ROFL, LMAO, etc. These pre-date the public Internet and go back at least as far as the 1980s, if not earlier.

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              1. I think this one was a surprise to many, which is how it ended up in Smithsonian Magazine. Also, note, it may have been in use earlier – seems the author of the note is familiar with the usage, but is explaining it to Churchill. Someone on Facebook said that perhaps it came from telegraph operators, prior to that.

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