That "anonymous" comment that totally bummed me out.
That made me question what I share here.
That made me want to click "revert to draft" and sort it out later.
That same sickening feeling when someone makes a negative comment on a pin from your blog.
Or makes one of your recipes and then bashes it on their site.
Or worse, copies & pastes an entire post (pictures included with my watermarks) on their blog without a link back or mention.
I am a little saddened since the things listed above (all of which I stumbled on this morning ... thanks, Google.) seem so counter productive to what this online community is all about. I get the whole free speech thing, say what you want, it's cool. And I appreciate honesty, I do.
But from my personal perspective, I don't want to generate traffic based on documenting a recipe fail or share harsh criticism about another blogger's project that didn't turn out like I expected it to. Basically, I guess it boils down to personal choice. If something doesn't work out for me, I simply add it to my mental "try this again and maybe tweak this" list or "probably not gonna make/do again" list.
For the record: This blog is a true labor of love. Really, I have never made a single penny. I am not a trained pastry chef but a home cook. I am not a DIY master, just a passionate crafter. I am not a perfect blogger. You might even find a typo on occasion. You may make something that doesn't turn out just so. Instead of lashing out with a comment here or somewhere else, would you just consider chalking it up to an experience, a mistake or just a bad day in the kitchen or craft room? The world will be a better place for it!
Since it's blogging 101 to never, ever publish a post without pictures ;) ... let's end this
There, I feel a little better already!!
(And yep, I've read the big blogs' posts on responding to negative comments and I might re-read them today, but I just thought I'd share a little of what was on my heart today.)