Those bitches! (Public image has never been my strong point, whatever).

For real tho, you can’t make everyone happy in any aspect in life and certainly not on the Internet.

I feel you with the time consumption of a large following. It does take a great deal of time but that engagement is what cultivates an audience and what makes writers like you and I stand out above others.

I get plenty of shit talkers in comments, responses, emails, private messages and I handle it with grace. I thank them for offering me a different perspective. I can and should acknowledge them because people DO want to be heard but I don’t have to participate in anything that makes me feel uncomfortable so I always end it there.

As far as genuinely wanting to help people be successful, you do that through your writing. You don’t need to do it on an individual basis and/ or for free. Say, no. That’s on you, not on them.

BTW, I admit I’m wrong all the time. I could be wrong about everything I just wrote. I would imagine we have many of the same followers but I potentially just admitted that to 40K + people. I’m not feeling all that insecure about it but there are plenty of other things I do feel insecure about.

You keep writing and a shitload of us will keep reading because we want to hear what you have to say. Much love to you, Tom.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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