People who start a blog often get dragged down by an occasional negative comment. The web can be great, but unfortunately, it has also become a place for people to complain or tear others down.
Receiving negative comments is particularly true in the health movement. People will judge you, make rude comments, and even discuss your appearance. They’re going to analyze your every move!
The question is: do you have skin thick enough to take the heat?
For example, recently someone made a comment on my blog; They said, “Oh my, Frederic. When I look at [the] picture on your blog, I’m shocked by how much you’ve aged!”
In the past, I would have felt offended by this. Now, a comment such as this doesn’t affect me at all. Why? Because I know that some people tend to have unrealistic expectations and can be very judgmental.
The comment was on an article in which I posted pictures of myself when I was 21. Currently, I’m 38, so 17 years have passed. Some people in the natural health movement think you’re somehow supposed to show no sign of aging for the rest of your life!
I don’t know a single raw food guru that’s not criticized for his appearance by other people. For example, the low-fat people criticize the other gurus for looking fat. Meanwhile, the other camp criticizes the low-fat gurus for looking old or being bald.
Sometimes, when a natural health guru dies at a relatively old age, like 90, there’s a group of people who question, “How come he died so young?” Even though the average life expectancy for men is only 75!
My advice? Don’t pay attention to the negativity.
Someone once said, “The great thing about the Internet is that it gives everyone a voice. And the worst thing about the Internet is that it gives everyone a voice. This includes the naysayers, who have nothing better to do than attack others behind the anonymity of their computers.”
As long as I bring value to people, I don’t care if there’s 5% that don’t like me.
In fact, I’ll go as far as to say that if you don’t get some negative comments on a regular basis, you’re probably doing something wrong.
Getting some negative comments, as well as positive ones, means that people are paying attention to what you have to say. They hold you in high regard, and that’s why they’re going to scrutinize you.
I say go for it, and don’t worry what people are going to say.
Yours for health and success,
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