Smith et al. state that technology “extends and reframes how communities organise and express boundaries and relationships, which changes the dynamics of participation, peripherality, and legitimacy” (2009, p. 11). The digital community of ‘Blogilates’ and its members, the ‘POPsters’, embody the notion of converging communities within a digital age. Cassey Ho has created a community through a number of social media platforms by allowing her followers to not only interact with herself, but also fellow POPsters who share the same interests, goals, and fitness regimes.
Many followers interact by posting messages of encouragement or questions about health and fitness on various social media platforms, whilst others visually share their progression or involvement as a POPster through videos/photos of their Blogilates workouts. There are a few ‘members’ of the Blogilates community, however, known as ‘trolls’, who enjoy disruptively participating in community discussions and posts for their own source of negative enjoyment. As noted by Bishop, the term trolling “has essentially gone from meaning provoking others for mutual enjoyment to meaning abusing others for only one’s own enjoyment” (2014, p. 8). Online trolling is present amongst the Blogilates community and has the potential to negatively affect the encouraging atmosphere created by legitimate POPsters.