Content creators are easy targets for criticism.
Some might even say they “ask for it” by publicly displaying their thoughts, opinions, interests, and art.
But I hold the position that anyone who stands by the “asking for it” belief fundamentally doesn’t understand why most people publish content.
Content creators don’t share their experiences and knowledge because they think they know it all.
Why people publish content
Publishing content online is an extension of basic humanity in the offline world.
Meaningful interactions require vulnerability, which content creators also infuse in their online work.
Quite frankly, I think it threatens those who feel unable to communicate their own truths.
So, these critics split hairs, they give straw-man arguments, they look for weaknesses to exploit.
They attempt to strip us of our humanity because seeing someone else work on their passion reminds them how they neglect their own.
Dialogue is stronger than dissatisfaction
I’m not saying everyone has to agree or shut up.
But I do think there are productive and unproductive ways to express criticism — thoughtful versus careless comments.
The latter involves a lack of awareness that the content creator has a lot of other things going on in their life. You never know what just happened before they wrote that blog post, recorded that podcast episode, or filmed that video.
The choice The Critic makes about how to express their response also affects their own wellbeing.
Yes, I’m now caring about The Critic’s wellbeing.
I would challenge any person who has a strong, negative reaction to a piece of content to use that energy to produce their own content — to build their own platform.
Because if The Critic did that, they’d find themselves in the center of the same mix of observers, fans, and haters.
And maybe they’d develop more…