I received the following two responses to my last post:
1. Uh, Jeff? This was one of the dumbest things I have ever had the misfortune of running across. â€œCome back, wasted brain cells! Come back!!!â€ *SOBBING*
2. â€œliterally spearheadedâ€. Jeff, I read your blog because I consider you smarter than this.
I have had this discussion with other writers, and it continues to fascinate me. Why do readers often jump at the chance to dump on someone’s writing? I mean, it’s really true. Heaven forbid one of my SI.com columns has a typoâ€”dozens of e-mails, eager to point out the error. Heaven forbid I place a post on this blog that isn’t especially greatâ€”snide and snarky comments about why I suck.
Maybe I suck because I suck. Maybe I’m not very smart. Maybe I’m a mediocre hack trying to fake being a good writer.
PS: “Literally spearheaded” makes sense, in that the man literally placed a head on a spear, then painted it and sold it at the nearby Iranian flea market. Why should I be ripped for such a thing?