Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Thick skin

Who knew a simple summary of a news story about the geocache at Fairview High School could rouse an individual to the point of calling me a "junk journalist". I was accused to getting the story all wrong and making up my own facts. The comment writer even tried to stop people from reading my article by begging people to stay away from junk like mine.

There's a reason why I include links and source info on all my newsy stories.

At first glance, when I read the nasty comment, fire swept up my neck into my face. How dare someone accuse me of making up a story like that? Honestly I wanted to slap that person who was too chicken to sign their name. But the fact they didn't put a name invalidated their criticism. Someone told me to disregard comments people don't own.

Really, when you get down to it, the person was slamming Boulder's Daily Camera. A long-standing local paper for that community.

But writing another article with in-your-face facts was the only way I could move on.

The more I write, the more people are not going to like what I write. Proving my point or my sources will become a time-wasting exercise in futility. There will come a point when I need to nod, smile and ignore nasty remarks paying attention to the more positive responses or even corrections from an expert.

I don't mind criticism. Or even fact correction. I'll admit if I got something wrong. But slamming me for saying stuff that's not true without checking the sources I cited or even reading the whole article... not gonna bother.

2 comments:

smithsk said...

It comes with the territory of being writer and a blogger. You got to take the bitter with the badder... (Quoted from an old radio program)

Danica/Dream said...

Wear it like a badge of honor... you've been through the trenches!