How can you not? A creative business is more about you than it is about what you are producing. So when one receives a negative or critical comment it is really difficult to let go and not respond. I really have no business writing or offering any advice on this point. If you’ve read my blog for a while now, you know I’m a bit like Taylor Swift after a break up. I want the last word and I’m willing to sing about it.
I have been blessed with the most loveliest of readers and get sweet & thoughtful comments and emails and posts all the time that I’m extremely thankful for. Amongst all the goodwill, every once in a while unfortunately a bag egg gets in and I click open an email to a rough comment. I wish I could tell you that I’m so strong & confident that I just hit delete and think nothing of it. But, I’m not.
I have invited a wide world into my home, quite literally.
My quiet study.
Mister hunting for treasure.
Kane taking a nap. And of course you know Ollie & Owen.
If you write or blog or speak or teach a part of that communication is becoming vulnerable and opening up. That’s how one connects with other people. I want that. I want to connect and share and inspire and get inspired. It is worth it and it is necessary. Otherwise, you are just a business without personality. Let us see what you love and how your craft is all connected to your life. This will make your business more successful than if you manufacture a persona. ..and BTW an audience can tell when you are what you say you are. So be true. Of course the negative is that when you are open you are exposed. There are bad days for sure, but like I say to my kids when they watch a Disney movie: “Evil never wins.”
P.S. Happy Day to my son, Pirate Skunkbeard as he’s known around these parts.