I Never Thought Criticism Would Make Me Smile
Just recently The Penny Hoarder Blog liked by almost 1 million people on Facebook, gave Even Steven Money an opportunity to have one of my posts shared on their Facebook page, I was excited about the chance since I’m certainly the little guy in the blogging world and I am always looking for more opportunities to share my story and my experiences in hopes of helping others. I didn’t think much of it since I wasn’t given a specific date or time when this would be posted. Then this morning I noticed a few more people liking my Facebook page, good I thought, I’m glad a couple are sharing, that made me smile. Then I saw more traffic to my Facebook page then I have ever seen before, it’s Christmas on Even Steven Money! As I dove in to my blog to check if anything was going on I saw more views on my site than I had ever seen before and then another smile came to my face. Christmas had come early and I asked myself if I was I getting the red rider B.B. gun that I had always hoped for?
As I made my way over to The Penny Hoarder Blog Facebook page, I found my post The Debt Tornado in their feed and maybe it’s because I’m one of the million bloggers/writers on the internet, but I enjoy seeing Even Steven Money shared on websites anywhere and everywhere, its fun and not unlike the 15 other times it made me smile. Since this has been a Christmas themed post thus far and I mean we only have 26 more weeks until Christmas and yes there is a website for that, I was excited to have a present underneath the tree.
As I looked at the post on Facebook I saw a comment, I thought to myself, “What, this is awesome! I thought people would glance at the post and just move on”, excitement, candy canes, and cinnamon sprinkles filled my thoughts. Someone took the time to write something about my post, let’s insert the “It’s a major award” right here and now, because I mean who doesn’t want a 45″ A Christmas Story Lady Leg Lamp in their front window. Then I read the first comment, which had the most likes and the comment wasn’t mean, but it was dripping with sarcasm. It read something like this:
“Wow all that writing and it all came down to spending less and making more. Could’ve saved my few minutes.”
Oh man he didn’t like it; the comment felt like getting socks for Christmas, nobody wants socks. Although this statement could be made at just about every single debt repayment strategy, not like this new strategy came out where you spend thousands and thousands of dollars more than you make on your credit card, then when you get your statement online press up, down, left, right, A, B, and start together, and it all goes away. The debt strategy title for that one would be “Spending More Pays Off Debt, Try This Nintendo Cheat Code”. I was not mad at the comment, of course I wish he and everyone would read The Debt Tornado and say “you know what he’s right the Debt Tornado is right on, I really need to apply it to my life and get this debt paid off”. I’m going to use the debt tornado and make major changes to my lifestyle, that’s what kicks Debt’s a$$.
Then I saw that if I open up the comments there were many more, Oh Joy more presents to unwrap! I wonder if it’s the train set I always wanted, Lego’s to build my own adventure land, or a new football to play with outside, I can’t wait!! As I opened up each “Present” of a comment they were all pretty harsh about anything from my grammar to my content to just being a waste of time to read. Each present I opened was a big pink bunny onesie, for those of you who have not seen The Christmas Story, I apologize because every single Christmas reference is from this movie.
All I could think about at first was that my article was terrible, so I decided to give it a quick skim reread. After reading I thought, wait a minute this post is fun and not serious, it was meant to inspire and look at debt repayment differently, not a how to guide with step by step instructions. I didn’t want people to read the article and say “I will now be following step 1, 2, and 3 and my debt will be paid off in a matter of minutes, if this information was only available when I was 3 years old I would be debt free and a multi-millionaire living on my private yacht in the Canary Islands”. I wanted to inspire and share something that has really worked for me and to help others get motivated to pay off their debt!
I thought about the comments for about 30 seconds, I actually wanted to respond. Some of the very comments I would have made, surely would make me smile, but after I thought about it I decided I was happy people were making comments, good, bad, or a little on the mean side. Initially I was going to thank everyone for reading and giving me the chance to share a part of my story and who I am because that’s what comes out when I write, certainly would have looked a little out of place next to the comments, but I really was happy. What I realized was that only 10% of me cared about any harsh comments, the other 90% of me was still smiling. After sharing with Mrs. Even Steven I was all the way at 100% smile about 5 minutes later. I’ve seen it before, harsh comments on major internet publications, I’ve been told by other bloggers some of the “not very nice” things people have commented or emailed, and now I have had it happen to me. Not to anyone’s surprise I have a big smile on my face today, even in the face of criticism.
Life is full of choices to be angry or harsh towards someone or something, in those cases look for the opportunity to make it a positive and thankful for every chance life gives you to SMILE!