Blogging: How I Learned to Deal with Trolls

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Ah, trolls…

I’ve been blogging, podcasting, and doing public talks in one form or another since my early twenties. I’m a paranormal researcher who is quite skeptical about paranormal claims and that annoys a lot of people. I’m also a woman who is quite opinionated and that also annoys a lot of people, too. In the decade(ish) that has passed since I first started blogging, I have experienced the wrath of a lot of trolls and mean people online. There is a tonne of advice given to young women about how to deal with this, but here is what I have learned… Continue reading

Herding cats & Golden ducks

Trying to organise skeptics is like herding cats – it’s an analogy I’ve heard many times. Often the only thing those who identify as skeptics have in common is their skepticism about certain subjects. People who identify as skeptics disagree about many things and, of course, those who are skeptics can be irrational about a number of things too…

Since becoming an active skeptic in 2007/2008 I have seen a number of attitudes that suggest skepticism should be done in one way or another, and that so many people are doing skepticism wrong, or for the wrong reasons. I absorbed those ideas and saw people doing skepticism wrong all around me, and I disproved of what so many did and said in the name of skepticism. I blamed others for making me feel as though I could no longer identify as a skeptic, or didn’t belong in a skeptical community. It was all very ridiculous of me because my aims, goals, and morals aren’t the same as other peoples, and I’ve no right to expect them to live up to my self set standards – just as others have no right to expect me to live up to theirs. Continue reading