Those of my readers who are writers can probably understand the frustrations and challenges associated with putting words together in some format. One of the most formidable difficulties is that of receiving feedback.
Within this venue, the most obvious form of input is the “like” button. When someone likes my work, clicking on this link is easy and expedient. Receiving likes is enjoyable and rewarding, the best indications that my work has been worthwhile reading. Unfortunately, the readership in any medium is very difficult to measure.
Here’s an example. In October I will be celebrating the sixth year anniversary of publishing my first book, The Three Legged Milking Stool. While I have sold many copies, both those who are close and unfamiliar with me are reluctant to write reviews. The choice is mine: Does this indicate a lack of interest or feeling about the book? Or is it a fear of putting words on the site to register positive or negative reactions?
This lack of information continues with respect to a few of my writing clients. Many of them are quite articulate about appreciating or valuing my work. But in at least three cases, clients simply stopped contacting me. Does this mean that they have other writers? Does it mean that they suddenly stopped wanting/needing/loving/using my work? Getting no data is worse than negative commentary.
Yes, it’s true that we can’t please all the people all the time. The taste fairy is alive and well although I’m not sure where she currently resides. Perhaps the answer remains with me – my imperative is to solicit responses from my clients and readers, regardless of the substance of that information. The other alternative is to live with it and recognize that people simply don’t want to take the time and effort to leave remarks.
If you want to discourse about something I’ve said, please do so. If you don’t, I’ll take the route of positive interpretation and believe that you agree or commend me. Shalom.