All’s Fair in Poetry and War

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Today, negative feedback (sometimes a euphemism for assholery), is on my mind. The only time that I can recall angering someone with my poetry is back in college when I wrote a line comparing a friend’s dance moves to that of a stripper. I didn’t write it with the intention of being offensive. In fact, I meant it as a compliment. Though I thought she was overreacting, I could understand her uneasiness with the comparison.

I’ve never received any negative feedback on this blog, for which I’m very grateful. Every time you like one of my posts, I internally grant myself points. However, I don’t really get too many comments on my blog in the first place. There’s no dislike button, so I assume folks either like what they read or they’re indifferent. Mental Note to Self: Comment more often on other people’s blogs.

Lately, I’ve been fielding some negative feedback from readers of the blog I manage at work. It’s frustrating (sometimes a euphemism for WTF?). I know our blog (and our writers) needs this feedback to grow, but it still stings. With that in mind, I have a request. I’d love some well-constructed, honest feedback from you in the comments of this post. Feel free to be brutally honest, if need be. All I ask is that you focus on content, structure, and context. I don’t think I’ve warranted any personal attacks (hopefully), and those won’t be approved.

Commence constructive criticism! (yay, alliteration)

 

2 thoughts on “All’s Fair in Poetry and War

  1. I think the problem lies largely in the fact that when people write these comments, they only see a page and its perceived flaws. They do not see a person, When you enter the Internet comment world, interaction becomes much more impersonal, and a number of people leave their manners at the door because, I don’t know why.
    There’s criticism and there’s constructive criticism — I’d listen to the latter and largely ignore the former. Also, there’s trolling. Which can be fun, but more often than that ends up being mean-spirited or hurtful. Again, something that is at this point deemed fairly socially acceptable online. Sorry you’re feeling the brunt of your work’s website. Try not to take it personally.

    • Thank you Annette. I’m feeling like internet etiquette should be required coursework in high school and/or college nowadays. Fortunately, the most hurtful comment I received seems to have been an isolated incident, and as someone who aspires to write online for a living, I know having a thick skin is invaluable. Thank you for your comment and for reading!

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