Avoiding Trolls


Because the Internet is a dangerous place to hang out, I am compelled to use caution when posting more sensitive information on my website. The site you are on now is WordPress. I like it since it is easy to use and relatively inexpensive. I pay about $100 per year to keep it going. But like any place on the Internet, it is not totally secure when it comes to who reads my posts and their motives for doing so (FYI: There is nowhere on the Internet with complete security).  

Trolls abound!

Weekly, I receive strange notices from people ‘following’ this site. Most of them are legit. The problem is, I have no way to controlling them. I have communicated with WordPress and their response is, “What harm is it?” Well, so far no harm no foul, but I believe in caution. Don’t you?

troll2 | trōl | noun 1 a person who makes a deliberately offensive or provocative online post. a deliberately offensive or provocative online post.

The Internet is not a static place to live. It is not a good idea to plop down anywhere and stay there. Do not get lulled by it. You do not “put down roots” on the Internet. Bad people lurk and strike. To be safe, one has to be alert and moving.  (And keep your kids AWAY from it).

I will continue to post on this site. I will include narrative and photos here, but more sensitive stuff, like travel dates, etc., I am moving and will be linked to my Faithlife group “Roger that!”–a place I have control over who joins my ‘group’.

Faithlife. It is Christian based (they have a great Bible study app too!). At this time there are no ads and no spam. While things can always change, it is a pretty good neighborhood. Trolls have a harder time getting under the bridge.

I invite you to join my group at https://faithlife.com/rogerfeenstra/activity. A login and password need to be created, so it will take you a few seconds to do it. If that kind of stuff annoys you, you can stay here. I will keep you updated, but you will only get crumbs (joke).

I would like you to join.  If a troll joins my group (which probably won’t happen), unlike WordPress, I can quickly delete and block.

Sounds like a plan to me!  I hope to continue seeing you here, or on the other side!

Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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