Monday, November 17, 2008

I Get So Upset

I get so upset when people write in to the site where I work to complain about my work. Someone just did this - to the whole editorial list - to say I was so bad I ought to be replaced. I know I should not mind, but it has made me cry and I am so shaken up I don't know what to do. I'll try to do better work I guess...I don't know. I wrote her a note explaining that it's not so straightforwad as it seems and that I would welcome her constructive ideas, but...gosh, I am so unhappy.


Snarkenfreude said...

You are awesome and a great addition to Jezebel. There will always be people who suck and you are being nicer to them than I would--perhaps take some comfort in knowing you are better than them.

cerulean14 said...

This may sound ridiculous, but the complainant was probably just jealous. I think I've seen more positive, glowing comments on your writing at Jezebel's than on anyone else's. Your posts are wonderfully written, engaging, and insightful--and even if they might occasionally provoke a comment from some bizarre crank, at least they're provocative!

katefully said...

You are awesome and I love reading what you write on Jezebel. Your posts are one of the main reasons I'm a daily reader. You're a great writer and don't let some sucky person get you down.

Bonnie said...

You are my favorite Jezebel writer! You bring a dimension of witty, intelligent charm that's all yours. I would recognize your writing voice in a stack of articles. In fact I recognized your voice when you joined Jezebel, from a random piece of yours I once read on a food site.

Plus, now that you've written your Vagina article, you are a permanent Jezebel fixture. Isn't that the way over there?

My driving instructor taught me to always look both ways, even on one-way streets because "there's always some jerk."

I think that applies to the internet as well. There's always some jerk. You don't need to ask mean people for constructive criticism. They are just poking you with a stick to get a rise.

Want me to beat them up?

shelly said...

Hi. I was just thinking today that yours is one of my favorite voices at Jezebel. I'm sorry for the negative feedback you received. I think someone has to be a pretty lousy person to go out of their way to do something like that!

Sadie said...

do you know - I was feeling really low, and reading these comments heartened me tremendously - not least because I tend to assume I am writing for myself here! People are so kind. I may - may - even have the energy to cook a pork chop!

Bowleserised said...

You had a post a few days ago about being waylaid at a talk by two people who thought they knew exactly what Jezebel was about, or should be about if they got their mitts on it.
I think you were right – when something is successful people start to have all kinds of ideas about it, and how *they* are the greatest gift just waiting to happen to it. I suspect this person (this ONE person) was either jealous, or one of those people who just doesn't get it. It doesn't mean that there aren't many, many people out there who do get it, and who appreciate it.
Also, those who surf at work maybe don't realise what a treadmill professional blogging is.

Jackie said...

Sadie, I read Jezebel every day and you are definitely my favorite writer on the site these days. I look forward to your pieces like I used to look forward to getting the Delia*s catalog when I was twelve (a compliment of the highest regard!). In fact, that's why I've started coming here as well. Always a delight.

Seriously, don't let the bastards get you down. For each critic, I'm sure there are many more fans.