(Picture by Sybren A. Stüvel via Flickr)
I started thinking about some of my experiences over the years when it comes to negative comments and criticisms made on my blog. When I first started blogging 9 years ago, I would take to heart and dwell on every negative comment that came my way and spend hours trying to properly answer, justify, and respond to every critical word. I can remember even losing some sleep every once in a while over what some folks, that I never met from somewhere I have no idea of, happened to say.
These days a lot of stuff just runs off my back like water off a duck. In fact anymore, I find some of it down right humorous. But first I look at every comment to see if there is any merit at all in what is being said. Usually there is at least some degree of truth there that can be helpful, even if the comments are mean and over the top.
I am convinced that some of those mean and ornery jibes have ended up making me a better blogger and a much clearer communicator. Besides remember, a blogger always has the last word—happiness is sometimes only one ‘delete’ away.