When I wrote my first blog post on this blog, roughly two years ago, I sent it to a few selective people and asked them for their honest opinion after I hit publish. I had no idea what I was doing and don’t tell anyone but, um, I still don’t. However, I feel like every time I publish something on this blog I become a better writer, storyteller, picture-taker, and most importantly, Mariah Carey fanatic.
I received some really great feedback on my first post: people told me they loved it, they could relate to the subject matter and loved my sense of humor.
Then I had some not so great feedback. Someone told me they thought it was good but saw some typos and grammatical errors. Another person told me I should consider changing the word boobs to something different like clothes because they thought it took away from the rest of the article. Others said it was exaggerated, and some said there are points where it gets kind of random.
I welcomed the feedback (good or bad), and took what everyone had to say very seriously. But the truth is I had a hell of a lot more positive feedback than negative.
Even so, when asking for feedback, in a way I was asking for permission.
Is this blog post OK to share publicly?
Is it OK to write the word boobs or ass in a post?
Can I do this?
And in the end, I didn’t change the word BOOBS, I continue to make typos (unintentionally and sometimes intentionally) and grammatical errors (unintentionally and sometimes intentionally), and I continue to get very random throughout my blog posts.
Because, you guys, this is MY blog. No one is paying me to write a certain way or follow a certain writing style. There are no rules. And I don’t have to ask for permission to write the way I want to write on MY blog. The same goes for anything in life. If you want to do something, you don’t need to ask for permission, you just need to trust yourself and do it.
Trust yourself and publish the word BOOBS.
P.S. If you haven’t read my first post and want to see the word boobs, and I know you do, you can do so here.
How do you handle constructive criticism or feedback? Does it affect the way you do things / live your life?