The reactions people give after reading something I write on social media websites can be interesting. Their reactions can also tell me exactly what they think of me. It’s kind of like being a fly on the wall. The funny part is, not for me, but the reader. Because what I write may not have really happened. But it still gives off a reaction from readers. As a writer I accomplish what I set out to do. It also enables me to determine what people are really like.
I don’t really care what anyone thinks of me. You don’t have to like me. I don’t live to please you. I live to please myself and those who care about me.
I know I’m not a shitty writer and in all the years I’ve been writing I’ve never been told I was a shitty writer. Not even when I said I was told that. I only said that for effect–for REACTION. In fact, my writing has been highly regarded by some very respectable people, including at least one celebrity and a political dignitary. Unfortunately I have had someone (a relative) really call my daughter a “weirdo” because they don’t understand her and are too ignorant to do so. I would take being called a “shitty writer” over my daughter being called a “weirdo” any day. It’s not the first time she’s been referred to in a demeaning manner.
It’s also not the first time I’ve been referred to as a “bully”. In fact I’ve been called “overenthusiastic”, I’ve been accused of “frustrating and alienating” a pub and a hotel, I’ve been told that my enthusiasm would “manifest or misconstrue” itself to look like “bullying or being overbearing” (and this was all because I was financially supporting a musician and his “manager”.) But one thing I learned from being called names most of my life (even my adult life): it takes one to know one. So if you think I’m a bully, frustrating, alienating, overbearing, overenthusiastic or if you think my daughter is weird, take a look in the mirror. After all, who is the one calling the names? Not I.
As a somewhat wise man once said to me: “The Internet is a shit hole”. That is true. And sometimes you just have to stay clear of the fucking holes and the people that they are.