As I promised in my last post, I’m going to talk about negative comments; actually, I’m only going to talk about one negative comment. It was about my blog and blogging style, and interestingly, it didn’t even come from one of my fellow bloggers.
One thing is for sure, we writers have to grow a pretty thick skin. In my opinion, a thick skin is crucial to maturing as a writer. How else can someone you trust, tell you what you need to know, and do it without scarring you for life?
On September 22, 2014, a handful of hours after I received and read my first comments at Davyd’s Blog, someone I trust asked me how my day was going. I was still stoked about getting my first positive comments, a bunch more likes, and even a few more followers. BTW, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I was getting a little anxious about the lack of comments . . . and this individual was well aware of the fact.
I thought to myself, rather than tell her outright how my day was going, it would be cool if she went to Davyd’s Blog and read the new comments for herself. I was still pretty happy and I thought she would be too.
To my disappointment, she only elected to read the comments, not the posts, and then advised me that if I wanted to get more traffic, I needed to shorten my post. She said nothing about content regardless of whether or not a post generated comments, just that my posts were and are, way too long. She didn’t even pass judgment on the comments themselves, good, bad, or indifferent. The only thing she said was that when a reader sees an 800-word post, they run the other away.
Is this true? Do my bloviations repel? My ears are open, my skin is thick, and this post is done. What do you think?