Now and then, you get an email or find something in your site that cracks you up and really makes you smile. Here is an example, this is for real, found it in my spam folder today. It reads: “how do i start a blog with a fictitious writer, parody/comedy/comment on current affairs politics etc?” Which really made my day, I like stuff like that it always makes me smile.
And then there are the other types of comments or email, they are not so pleasant in nature.
One of the bad things about hosting a webpage and having an email link, is sometimes you receive rather unflattering or uncomplimentary missives from people who are not fans or appreciate what it is that you are attempting to do. Often because of a lack of a good working vocabulary, they will send you something that is short and sweet, to the point, such as: “You Suck. You are the worst writer I ever read!”
I suppose it is important to have opinions, be them good or bad. The age and time we live in almost demand them. We live in a constant, instant communication, Facebook-Twitter kind of world now. All of them Internet hotbeds just waiting to generate a comment or an opinion. I have seen one post on Helen & Margaret generate upwards of 1,600 comments and/or opinions.
When you run a webpage you have to weed your way thru the critics and nitpickers. And it is beneficial to have a thick skin to a certain degree as some critics, comments and/or opinions are not so smart or original, others downright nasty in nature. Unfortunately there are days in life, when we must stand on the curb and clap as the parade rolls by. Contrary to popular belief … Not everything you put up is going to go down in the annals of time as a winner.
On the Internet, opinions are pretty common place. It used to be, we would be weigh what it is that we were going to say, before we said it. But our new information age, instant communication, call it what you may, doesn’t lend to that. The sad thing, as I see it, often it is posted before it is considered, and as most of you know, once it is out there, it stays there.
Our so-called “opinions” have become like Big Mac’s … Just thrown together, quickly and hastily and then served by the billions, and often they are hard to swallow and not all that good for you. Personally, I liked it better the old way, before all this unfounded instant urgency to communicate became so popular.
So here we are. “You Suck. You are the worst writer I ever read!” Another fan has been located; stick a bright red pin in the map. I get a little uncomfortable with the label “writer.” A writer knows all about verbs, nouns, sentence structure, paragraphs, all that other organization/compilation of the English language stuff. A writer knows (or is supposed to know) how to do this in the correct fashion. Me? I am a hack, I just hammer it out, and that is about it. I am a “writers” absolute worst nightmare. Bottom line (as if anyone really cared) I am a story teller … Never have really considered myself a writer. So I guess that should be: “You are the worst STORY TELLER I have ever read.”
That might be closer to the truth.
Life despite it all, is still being good to me, I can still maintain a healthy outlook on things in general. Unfortunately, I have suddenly discovered I suck … Exactly why no one knows. And I am somewhat miserable … I suppose just flat outta luck. I cannot complain, I am doing alright. My lawnmower still starts on the first crank Bills are paid … Have a little money in the bank … my favorite Internet numb-chuck sent me his link. Rest is available to me when I need it. My health is improving. Still have my cake, but because of diabetes, I can no longer eat it. That is how it often goes. First your money and then your clothes. No more phone calls or emails, I believe we have a winner!
“You Suck. You are the worst writer I ever read!” Now like MasterCard sez, “isn’t that priceless?”
Another fan has been located; stick a bright red pin in the map.
This bozo probably wouldn’t recognize good writing or genuine talent, if someone handed it to him on a business card.