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.”



8 Responses to ““I Like This Post””

  1. def had my share of ‘controversial’ posts. usually has to do with racial identity… tend to piss people off.

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  2. a lot of stuff you say resonates with me. but some doesn’t! love the way you present ideas even if I don’t agree with them. hopefully that praise works? haha

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  3. Week, my existing view points are already quite out there… The delight thing, for example. Which is why I’m all the more excited to find someone trying on concepts for size that I already strongly believe in. Of course, I also believe that not all things work for ask people, so I’m interested in the spirit of experimentation and reflection too, whether or not I personally follow the same practice. And of course, isn’t my response to the post sort of between me and me? I think I’m learning that as a writer my job is just to write and let people take from it what they will… But that’s what works for me. The more I try to elicit a specific response, the more frustrating it is.

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    • Ha, that’s true– your response to the post IS between you and you. And I totally agree that the writer should just focus on creating and expressing themselves and let the readers do what they want with it. Good points!

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  4. So glad to find you. I was referred by Melody’s site. Looking forward to more of you. Since I am on board with your basic understanding I wont be posting about being shocked and horrified when you say something like “I dont care about your feelings” Blog on my friend. I will be reading but may not feel the need to write the reply “I agree” over and over. HA
    Victoria

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    • Hey Victoria, I’m glad you found my site too! (Melody’s blog is awesome, isn’t it?). Despite what I wrote about in this post, it’s always great to have people who get it, so I appreciate that.

      Blog on, I will!

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