Creative types like me put ourselves out there. We sit down with a blank screen and canvas and try to do our best work. Are we successful? It depends on whom you ask.
With the release of a new album or movie or piece of art, one of four things is certain to happen:
- No one notices the work (typical, especially for people just starting out)
- Everybody hates the work (unlikely)
- Everybody loves the work (suspect)
- Opinions vary (typical, once the work or the creator reaches a certain level of prominence)
For just about every one of my favorite albums, movies, books, etc., there are those in the opposing camp. That’s always been the case.
Of course, it wasn’t always so easy to find like-minded folks. Do you hate John Grisham’s new book? Click on the one-star Amazon reviews. Think that Van Halen sucks? Join the Facebook group devoted to that very, er, cause. Didn’t care for the latest Spiderman flick? Tweet about it. You’re not alone. Despise Breaking Bad? Not so remarkably, there’s a website just for you.
Negativity is inevitable unless you choose to remain anonymous. For those committed to doing great work, anonymity is not an option. Pay the trolls no heed.
What say you?