Editor’s Note

A while back I asked for feedback on whether it would be a good idea to monetize my blog.   I really didn’t feel like doing it.  I like the way my blog is without out the craziness of advertisements.  But I wanted to hear from more of you because a few others had suggested that to me. 

I thank you all for your feedback.  And as you can see, no advertisements have leached, or leeched, their way onto my pages or into my posts.  🙂

Today, I’m searching for something else.  Honest criticism. 

Something about one of my past posts brought about exactly this.  It seems that post triggered this respondent in a way I had not imaged at all. 

I had given a rendition of an experience.  A purely factual account that I believe contained no judgment nor casted any aspersions towards any particular person, persons, groups, or entities.  With the exception, perhaps, of a government entity.  Even then, I only mentioned how that government was hiding its actions that favored the wealthy over the poor.  It did not criticize those less fortunate people.

But much to my surprise, this individual seemed to be reading much more into the language I chose and apparently received a completely different message than I intended to deliver. 

Right or wrong, I extended my apologies.

You see, this type if feedback is quite welcome.  Because it is good to consider if you’re getting your message across.  If you chose the right words.  And if your words provoked other unanticipated feelings.

Everyone enters into this world of words with different experiences, different assumptions, different teachings, different reflections.  Keeping this in mind, the differentiated reader must try to remember that, as a friend of mine most aptly pointed out, I’m relaying, or trying to relay, my story. 

Not theirs.    

Hopefully you all will enjoy my stories, as great or as trivial as they may be.  And hopefully, I will be able to use words to carry you into the diverse facets of those stories so you can see what’s going on through My Eyes.

Now, because feedback is so important to adjusting our directional compasses, I invite you all to register any and all of your insights at any time.  Feel free to be the grammar police.  Or to call out my typos.  Or tear apart my content.  Rip into it!

You’ll not hurt me.

I learned a long time ago when I was publishing through other entities that the Editor’s cuts and rearrangements often gave more power to my story.  Less words added greater dimension. I learned a lot about words through their insights and judgments and seeing which words were tossed into the wastebasket. 

I consider this space of mine to be open to constructive suggestions.  So, feel free to fire away.  Send me your Editor’s Notes, your blue pen strike-throughs, your perceptions and objections.  I’m sure I will learn much from your thoughts as we hike along on these parallel trails in this vast Universe.

In Metta

Photo: An interesting little mining town out West. It is a place where I feel at home. Yet I find myself now doing just the opposite of what I desired just a few years ago. Digging into a place, not pictured, where I never intended to stay. Such is life and it’s practical limitations.

Oh, and a big shout out to NASA and the Mars Perseverance Rover !!!

18 thoughts on “Editor’s Note”

  1. I have had posts that people did not understand, but I wonder if it’s the reader or the writer. Sometimes we do err as writers and we like to clarify. However, I also think that people see what they want to see, no matter what. I wrote a post on Friday that I worded very carefully. It was interesting to see who responded and who didn’t, and how people did respond as opposed to the “normal” feedback that I receive from those same people. People do react to certain things phrased in certain ways….but I’m still chewing this all over. Good post.

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    1. Thanks ! I know. Sometimes I understand where I’ve left things unclear, but other times, I get the feeling that the reader is in Puma mode – ready to pouce on the tiniest of things that could possibly be linked to what they want to see and react to. They have been rehearsing a response and they hunt down the opportunity to post it, even if it is unrelated to the topic. I’ll have to check out your post from Friday.

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  2. Honestly, I encourage you to monetize your blog if you want/need to. It’s awesome to hear that you truly care for your readers. At the end of the day, though, how wonderful would it be for you to be able to continue blogging thanks to funds that you make from it. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I personally like seeing people turn their arts/writing/etc into something that benefits them in multiple ways.

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  3. This is a great post, and there is so much wisdom. I think, ultimately, we should all aim to be as sensitive to others as we can–considering if something my come across poorly–but I also think we need to be forgiving of others who don’t know better.

    I was recently chastised for calling myself a “native Phonetician,” a common phrase locally that I’ve been using for 30+… until then, no one had suggested it might be an issue (include several Native American friends). Now, I tell people that “I was born and raised” here. I agree with LA that people see what they want to see, sometimes things that aren’t there… which can be choppy waters to navigate.

    We do the best with what we have and what we know. I think kindly raising awareness to those potential problems is a good thing, but we also need to be understanding of people who haven’t considered all angles or had the same exposure. In my assessments of content, I always look for the intent… is the context surrounding the questionable phrase or topic positive, neutral, or malicious? It’s very rarely malicious.

    No criticism for you here. Keep on doing what you’re doing! 🙂

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    1. Thanks! Somedays it is all so clear, others it seems we walk a tight rope. I would have never seen an issue with “Native Phonetician.” But I’m also not familiar with the context and history of that term. I feel a very strong attraction or attachment to our First Nations People or Native Americans and their beliefs. But by a product of birth, I feel I need to be sensitive to what people have now labeled “cultural appropriation.” Odd isn’t it. Where one view sees imitation as a desire to honor and fit in, while another sees it as improperly stealing identity

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  4. I wonder that we can’t really please everyone, there’s always going to be the one who is reacting, and it will probably be in response to something else, but when they read a blog they respond with their anger or dissatisfaction to that post. I’m amazed at what people bring up sometimes, it’s like they don’t understand the words, the intention or the type of blog. I had an amusing one complaining about my lack of punctuation, so I had to point out that I particularly focus on free verse poetry. Sometimes …

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    1. LOL on the punctuation. That person would hate my sentence fragments, one sentence paragraphs, the dropping of nouns or verbs, and on and on. But I leave natural pauses for the reader – I think. And poetry! Does one not understand that art is not confined to such maschinations. I think you are right – either they don’t understand the words or they’re not really reading them. I’ve had a few on other social media platforms make accusations clearly demonstrating they never read the post – oh well. I saw a post today, about 40 words, where the writer stated at the end that he was being sarcastic. The person responding actually make a weird threat replying, “Be careful, I block early.” So this guy wasn’t even willing to read past the first few words to understand the meaning of a sentence before he would react. What was his threshold before passing judgment – 5 words? 10? But that seems to be the time we’re in right now. Some just seem to be searching for a fight

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      1. Funny, no one should ceed power or control to another from what is essentially an anonymous voice in the cyber world. Yet they do – the power of words or else the maxim of whoever yells the loudest wins – like we see on TV. 🤣

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  5. I wouldn’t worry about it too much Harold. How long have you been blogging now? How many posts? Relate that to how many kinds of these comments have you seen over this span and the very nature of mathematically probability almost guarantees an occurrence or two or three or whatever.

    Though I do understand your concerns. When even just one reader finds disrespect in our words it can be unsettling. But you did the right thing in response, bit the bullet and apologized and went back to make sure they were not truly warranted. So chin up Harold, we all know you’re a man of mutual respect and a few misguided responses will not change this fact one iota!

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