I was recently browsing around the blog that Alloy so kindly put together for the FRENEMIES series and found several—well, um, kind of bitchy comments (which I totally understand. I mean, I was QUEEN BITCH in my teens. It's a tough age). There was even a comment made by someone named ALEXA YOUNG…except that I never made the comment. (See, you can pretty much pretend to be anyone you want when you post comments on blogs…although why anyone would pretend to be ME is kind of sad, if not a little mind-boggling. But I digress!)
Anyway, seeing all this silliness reminded me of an idea I had a while back for a new blog. A blog about bad reviews. Because let’s be honest: As much as we creative types (or any types, really) try to take criticism in stride, rise above it, or in some cases deny it ever happened, it does happen—to all of us. And when it happens, we want—no, we need—a shoulder to cry on, someone to talk us off the ledge, a brave soul who will attempt to put the harsh words in perspective and help us to access our will to live…our desire to create…our special purpose...or at least our sense of humor.
That’s what THE WORST REVIEW EVER blog will be: A place where we can all convene, laugh at and lick our wounds together. A place where each of us can share what we believe to be our single-worst review EVER. A place where we can then meditate on that review and emerge from it stronger, wiser and perhaps even happier. And as much as this blog will allow us to grieve, to support each other via comments, and to heal—it will also be the ultimate forum for schadenfreude. After all, on those occasions when you feel like you’ve been kicked to the curb and nobody could possibly have it as bad as you…you can visit the blog and see that, indeed, there are plenty of other people out there who have been mocked, ridiculed, ripped to shreds and beaten to a pulp. And if that doesn’t make you feel better about your own crappy review, really, what will?
Okay then! Here’s how it will work: If you’re an author (or an actor…a recording artist…or any other kind of artist) and your work has been publicly ridiculed or met with some other form of extreme criticism…email me that review along with your answers to the following questions:
1. When and where did this review appear?
2. How did you happen upon the review?
3. How did you feel immediately after reading/watching the review?
4. Did you do anything in response to the review?
5. If you did something in response, how do you feel about said reaction in retrospect?
6. What other steps did you take in an effort to assuage your pain?
7. How long did it take you to get over the pain and humiliation of the review (assuming you got over it)?
8. What, if anything, positive came from receiving your WORST…REVIEW…EVER?
9. Anything you’d like to add?
Now for the exciting part! I’ll be launching the blog sometime within the week, complete with my very own WORST REVIEW EVER. And trust me, you will NOT want to miss that. :)
Till next time then…let the healing begin! Hallelujah!