We are rapidly finishing our first week with the new “leaner and much improved” Creative Endeavors. A dedicated effort has been made to shorten the posts, and try to make them more interesting and not so verbose (keep them under or around 500 words).
It aint been easy … But it seems to be working.
Or it was until this morning, when I got a two page Email telling me basically … “that I suck.” And I am fairly sure, this person is not hitting the like button any time soon. Ceste Le Vive … Or for our Spanish Readers …. LaVita Loca.
Such is life.
As we approach 1.2 million visitors on this site, I am prone to think back to a long time ago, or rather, to a point in time that seems like a long time ago, when we first started. Not knowing a whole lot of about any of this, we just kind of rolled up our sleeves and dove into it headfirst. It was not easy by any means (something I am sure most of you can readily relate to) and at times, it was a real head scratcher.
One of my first comments came from a “English Professor” from some prestigious body of education back east. He read my offering for the day, then promptly entered into the comments section “Now, that was depressing.” Not very encouraging and it did tend to irritate the fizz out of me, but we kept on chopping and watched where the chips landed. (Ironically, we are still here, he is however, long gone.)
He did show me something tho.
He illustrated to me the power of the comment, how it can be either for good or for bad, how it can make a day or drag one down. It showed me that you should always make your comments “positive in nature” and that you should make a concentrated effort to encourage and not tear down.
This week, for instance, I read a post that had 4,773 words in it and the author was lamenting the fact that only 4 people had “liked the piece.” I am somewhat surprised that they even managed to get thru it, yet alone liked it. Yesterday I read where someone was saying “that the Oklahoma courts aloud someone to do this” which we all know should be “allowed” but over and over, there it was, “aloud.” In either case I did not respond or try to correct … It is not my job to do this, it is not YOUR job to do this.
You want more readers? You want more comments? Then develop a kinder gentler attitude online and help a person up. Encourage instead of discourage, you will be better for it, and in the end, the one on the other end of the line, will be too.*
OOO*In case you are wondering, this came in at 515 words or thereabouts. If you are not completely satisfied, please let us know, and we will cheerfully refund your purchase price and all shipping and handling. It is after all the very least we can do.