You know you’ve arrived when you start getting the hate mail. That’s not a joke. I knew this blog was going in the right direction when I started getting (mostly anonymous) hate mail. And of course, I get the comments from “fans” of any guru (or guru’s book) I happen not to like.
In those letters I’ve been told that:
- I have no business blogging (as if there is some special qualification to blog)
- I’m a nobody with no money (they must have telepathically looked in my bank account)
- I am someone who believes in doctors and the medical community and not “natural” products (no kidding!… don’t they read my blog?)
- I have no right to blog (is blogging a right?)
I have also been referred to as:
- A hater
- A negative thinker
- A dream stealer
Some adjectives used to describe me:
The list goes on and on.
Mind you, I don’t take this personally. What’s funny is that I had to check the IP addresses because I thought they were coming from the same person. You see, all my hate mail follows a pattern.
The common thing I see from the hate mailers is :
- they’re anonymous
- their English is unintelligible
- they never contradict what I say, they are only angry at what I said (for example, The Secret is great..how can you say it’s wrong!)
- when I make fun of scamming tactics, fans of a guru are upset because I am talking about their guru—even though I never mentioned any guru by name (and in some cases, never even heard of the guy)
And guess what? I love it. I love it because you know that you are writing something meaningful and bold when you start getting hate mail. I like having spirited exchanges.
Unfortunately, most of these e-mails are not good exchanges. It’s just some person who is angry because I disagree with their guru or philosophy or didn’t like a book that supposedly changed their life. And I find it amusing because my blog is more humor-oriented. I mean if they thought I was mean, they should go visit the Salty Droid.
But that’s the way it works.
I am writing about my hate mail because some people I know are uncomfortable getting hate mail or any critical comments. In their blogs, they never take a stand or if they do take a stand, they’ll back down the minute someone criticizes them. But I look at hate mail and criticism as a compliment.
At least people care about what you’re writing about. It’s when they don’t care that your blog fades into obscurity.