How to Block Email Notifications that Trolls Commented on Your Posts

You don’t need that kind of negativity in your inbox — or your life

Paul Ryburn, M.Sc.
5 min readJul 28, 2021


giant troll emerging from the sea
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We all have that one aspect of our job that we wish we didn’t have to deal with — but we do.

For a postal letter carrier, that aspect might be vicious dogs.

For a shoe salesman, it could be smelly feet.

For a corporate office worker, it might be weekly departmental meetings.

For professional writers — those of us who write on platforms like this one where anyone can leave a comment — it would have to be trolls.

In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can eliminate one way they impinge on your life — and your sanity.

What is a troll, exactly?

For the purposes of online writing, trolls have these distinctive traits.

Their comments are not the least bit constructive. It’s not just that they disagree with you. It’s that their intention is to make you doubt yourself as a writer. They make you want to leave this platform. They’re not here to show you (or other people who read the comments) an opposing point of view that is useful. They’re just here to bash and criticize.

They follow you around the platform, attacking you multiple times. If they simply bash you one time and then go on their merry way, they’re not a troll. If they pull up your profile multiple times, so they can see what new articles you’ve published for them to bash, then they qualify.

The last thing you want to do is engage a troll. To repeat a George Bernard Shaw quote I’ve cited before:

Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.

Arguing with them is a complete waste of time and can only cause you to doubt yourself. Give them the attention they deserve, which is absolutely none at all.

So, why not just block them on this platform, so they can’t read your work anymore?



Paul Ryburn, M.Sc.

I write about writing, ideas, creativity, intuition, spirituality, life lessons. Ex-college teacher Twitter: @paulryburn