I want to start this post off by saying how grateful I am for you.
I am grateful every single day that so many wonderful people take their valuable time to read what I write. I am grateful every single day that people try my recipes. I am grateful every single day that people leave me honest and often mind-blowingly kind comments. I am so grateful for you each and every one of you.
I am happy I get comments at all, but I have to say that I don’t really appreciate the negative ones. I know how fortunate I am to only get minimal comments that are negative in nature, but when they do find their way into my inbox, I’d be lying if I said they didn’t hurt. They do.
I have been getting such wonderful feedback on my single serving peanut butter cake, so when I saw yet another person had left a comment, I opened up the email like the excited little girl I am (as I always do with comments because I love them so much!). Unfortunately, this particular comment admonished me for typos I had allegedly made, and told me my writing was not very good.
I know I’m probably overreacting. I re-read the post over and did catch two errors, but having typos is a very easy problem to fix. It is quite possible the person did not mean it in a harshly critical way, but honestly, I was still offended.
So I’ve been thinking it over, and I do want to apologize to all of you for any typos I’ve made. I’m sorry. I know I shouldn’t be making excuses, but I am only fourteen and I’m writing off of an eighth grade education. Plus, I was up past eleven o’clock working on that post, so I was half asleep when it was published and I was probably not super receptive to spelling mistakes.
The person pointed how it would problematic if I ever made a mistake in one of my recipes, but I really am very careful about those. I am so thankful you would take your time, effort, and money to make one of my recipes, and I would never ever want you to waste any of those things.
But I don’t want it to be assumed that this kind of negative reaction is the norm. It’s not. In fact, you people are so wonderful (what else is new?) that these sorts of things rarely happen, while amazingly thoughtful things happen all the time.
For example, I recently updated the family page to include the new members (welcome, relatives!), and I got this trackback from a fabulous girl named Bek from Crave whom I just added to the family. In her post, she talked about how being officially added was a highlight of her day, and she also mentioned some incredibly kind and thoughtful things about me. Talk about a highlight of my day!
On the first acting audition I had ever been one, Ellen of Scrumptious Gruel was extremely supportive and gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever had.
A few days ago, some very sweet person I hadn’t ever talked to before linked to me on the Athletarian’s comment section. I so was flattered that someone recommended me, unsolicited.
I met the fabulous Ellie of Fit for the Soul at Foodbuzz last year, and after not talking to her for a bit, it was so nice to re-connect with her recently. She is such a sweetheart, and just an amazing person overall.
And not to mention all of you. I would name each and every one of you if I could, because you make me smile with your beautiful acts of kindness, be they in the form a comment, email, link, positive energy (I can feel it!), or you just reading. I am so thankful for you, and I love you very much.
So if the person who left that comment is reading this, I am sorry my typos bothered you. I promise I’ll try to do better.
Okay, so thank you very much again for putting up with my ramblings and me, and I do love you all. You rock, and you make me smile all the time.
How do you handle negativity? If you are a blogger, do you delete negative comments?