is about the last form of praise I’m looking to hear when I publish something.
People like familiar things. If someone likes what I have to say, it is probably because I’m sliding right into their existing viewpoints. I give them validation. I make them feel more comfortable in their current beliefs. That’s a great way to be popular, but what’s the point?
When you’re creating, the most valuable (but most difficult) response to elicit from your audience is this: “I don’t know if I love it or hate it, but I’m going to spend the rest of the day trying to figure it out.”