Trolls Everywhere!

Posted: May 31, 2013 in Wicked Pissah

Hello my name is Dan, and I love board games. There. I said it!  I actually have a youtube show about board games that has over 2 million total views.

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This past week I was invited to be an official reviewer for the Dice Tower. They are the most well respected board game reviewers in the industry and have more subscribers than all the other reviewers combined. For example their videos have been watched over 16 million times! That’s huge considering how the board game hobby is a niche market.

After my initial reviews came out, there were trolls everywhere! By “troll” I am not talking about when you see your Mother-In-Law getting coffee in the morning before her makeup. Essentially they are someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

At first I was a bit shocked as I’ve never had any of my creations (music, blog, reviews) be in front of that many people on the internet. My initial reaction was to reply to these 40 something men living in their Mom’s basement.

The problem is when we act this way we are not living our lives for God’s approval, we are living it for other people’s approval. That is backwards. I have recently realized what the cure is. Only God’s approval matters in our lives. We need to start acting like it.

Here is where I turned when I wanted to see the right way to approach the different types of criticism.

 

  1. Constructive Criticism – Proverbs 15:31-32 – If you listen to constructive criticism,
    you will be at home among the wise. If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself;
    but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.
  2. Dismiss Invalid or Unjust Criticism – 1 Peter 2:23 – When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

Formula of the Week

God’s approval > People’s approval

Question of the Week

When was the last time you faced either constructive or invalid criticism, and how did you handle it? Drop a comment and let us know.

Comments
  1. Gary says:

    Truly a God-led approach, my friend! Remember also, that most of these people who subscribe to organizations like “The Dice Tower” are not balanced like yourself. Rather, I would bet that most live, eat, and breathe board games like an addiction. The joy of playing/reviewing board games is certainly one aspect of your life that you enjoy, but it does not define you, nor becomes your identity or worth. When God is core, as with yourself, everything else comes into perspective. Carry forth!

  2. Dan King says:

    Wow! Great perspective Gary. Thanks.

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