On my own blog, don’t get a ton of negative comments or criticism.
It’s not to say I don’t think people have negative opinions of my thoughts (of course they do). But either they keep it to themselves or they e-mail me them (If they are a friend/loved one, they just call me up and say it to my face).
For the most part, the comments I get here tend to be positive, and even if someone disagrees, it’s usually done in a tactful, respectful manner. (I hope that continues).
Here on Tales, there’s never any name-calling, and I’ve never had to pull a comment down; rather, I prefer to allow a dialogue to continue and sometimes that dialogue leads to another post.
But now that I’ve begun participating on WeAretheRealDeal.com, I’ve really stepped out.side my comfort zone and have had to deal with criticism. Real criticism. And as a blogger, it’s not easy — but it comes with the territory and I’m learning just how rough this territory can be.
I mean, I like to think I have a tough skin, but WATRD is showing me that I need another layer, and I think that is a good thing.
The truth is, while I opened myself up to potential judgment with Tales, I had a good guess at who my core audience would be. And I hoped I’d gather a niche following from those readers.
On the flipside, our audience at WATRD is enormous and definitely not an audience I’ll ever be able to qualify, which is what makes it so unique and exciting — but also a bit intimidating at times.
It’s my hope that confrontation like this — criticism like this — will help me better articulate my arguments and thoughts. As a writer, there’s always room for improvement and I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge.
So WATRD readers who might have found today’s post … I’m listening.
How about you? Do you blog? How do you handle criticism?