Haters gonna hate
January 10, 2011 § 8 Comments
Poor WordPress. Seriously and with no intended sarcasm: poor WordPress!
Their team came up with a great project not only to generate more users on their website (hello business acumen!), but also to sustain their users’ use of the website in general. This project gets people clicking on links (hello site stats!), gets people generating words, gets people reading each other’s generated words, and ultimately leads people to create fabulous little blogging relationships that might never have otherwise been created.
I used to blog on Blogger. I hated Blogger. You know why I hated Blogger? Because it was extremely difficult to locate any other blogs on Blogger. Sure, you could click on the “random blog” link, but unless you knew someone’s blog address: good luck to you! I love WordPress because they make it so much easier to find people with similar interests, not to mention the fun little pat-on-the-back that is FreshlyPressed.
All that said, I was miffed when I saw that the DailyPost blog, the blog devoted to the Post a Day in 2011 challenge, featured a post about those who have been complaining about the topics. If you don’t subscribe to said blog, you can read it here (and you can find my ass-long comment and read it there too). I recoiled from the subject matter of this post as a visceral reaction–it reminded me of teaching. “You guys are more creative than this,” said the complainer. “I see no topic ideas that make for compelling writing (0r reading).”
Sigh. Big, fat sigh.
To be sure, the fella, Scott, who handled the complaint from WordPress’s side, handled it quite well. Exceedingly well. (It makes me wonder how many times he had to erase his original response…I might have been a little more snarky.) See, if you’re not participating in the Post a Day or the Post a Week challenge, you may not be aware of this: although WordPress gives us topic ideas, they are simply prompts and not homework assignments. We are not required to write on those topics. And I have only very loosely written on a specific topic once or twice, but whatever. That’s not the point. In fact, several times I’ve seen a topic suggestion and have been reminded of something I wanted to write about.
Here’s what I have to say about this nonsense: haters are always going to hate. No matter how hard you work on a project, no matter the hours you put into it, the anxiety, the sacrifice; no matter all of that: haters are just gonna go right on hating.
WordPress and DailyPost, in particular, you just keep on doing your thing. Ignore the negative comments, don’t even respond to them. If someone finds the topics inappropriate for their blog or uninspired, then don’t worry about them. The topics are meant to help get those creative juices flowing (lord knows that coming up with a new topic every single day for 365 days is tricky and daunting).
Of course, I guess we could have assumed that it wouldn’t have taken longer than 10 days into the project before people started bitching and moaning about it, huh?