Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Constructive Criticism – Pass the Ice Cream Already!


by M. J. Joachim
Ah, what’d ya have to go and say that for, huh?

I get it. Human nature, right?

It’s all part of the blogging community. We write our posts, people visit them and we receive comments…not always nice ones either. Handling negative comments is a post for my Writing Tips blog. 

Effectively Human is more concerned with making negative comments, period - on blogs, in person, to complete strangers, just because... 

Is there any good reason to bash someone for the thrill of it?

Well, yes, especially if it’s encouraged and expected. Negative comments might well be part of an atmosphere, act or display of affection. If so, either play along or don’t

Mushy goo goo all over the place. Controversy is life in action. Just ask Republicans and Democrats. They love a good controversy and standoff. They don’t care who’s money gets affected either – as long as it isn’t theirs, that is.

Pull out all the old stops…

You get more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.
If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
Treat others as you want to be treated.

What exactly is constructive criticism anyway? 

There’s a fine line between criticizing something to help a person improve it, and being flat out mean. Most criticism isn’t even about the person or thing being criticized. It’s about ego – building it up and shouting to the rest of the world, “Look at me! I’m so smart! See how much I know compared to…”

Compared to what? You do realize you’re making yourself look like a complete idiot, don’t you? Why don’t you stop all the crap and tell us what flavor it is already?!

Until next time, I wish you 2 scoops of your favorite ice cream with whip cream, nuts and a cherry on top!

Thank you for visiting Effectively Human,

M. J.

Photo credit:  Italian Ice Cream, Alessio Damato, GNU Free Documentation License
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