We can either bend underneath the weight of the ney sayers, the degraders, the negative voices in life or we can use them as stepping stools. The thing with negative people is that they can point out what might be missing in what we are doing. If they are fighting your argument maybe you need to revisit the argument to see why and make it a better argument. Personal attacks? Well, why? Is it because they have lost the ability to fight you on equal ground so they need to drag you down to their level? Criticisms over your work? Who among us writes perfectly? Look closely do they have a valid criticism? If they do use it to make better work. Not everyone will understand you personally or artistically. It is just a fact of life. The further out you go to challenge ideas the more likely it is you will be attacked. Is your skin thick enough to be a writer or artist?? Every artist of note has had those detractors. Vincent Van Gogh ended up in an institution missing part of his ear. Michelangelo lived a life of physical and mental torment. Edgar Alan Poe lived in constant grief. Shakespeare gave up his family to be an actor and playwright. Well, he is a bad example as I suspect he enjoyed being a rogue. Each of these artists though lived their vision not what everyone else thought their vision could be.
One of the reasons that Word Press is enjoyable to me is the cooperation and support artists give each other. We all have a voice and people listen. Do we always agree? Hell no but that is what makes it wonderful. With each argument we grow as people and artists. We see another point of view, another road not taken. Some get carried away with their criticism. Never mind. Take what you can use from them also. Personal attacks are never ok but they can be a validation that you have their attention and are winning an argument. Winners don’t resort to personal attacks on any one.
So to all of you fellow artists, writers and bloggers I say thank you for making me think. Thank you for your support and encouragement. Even thank you to those detractors. Perhaps I learn more from you.