Can you imagine how the art world would have been affected if Internet trolls had been around during the life of Pablo Picasso? I mean, can’t you just picture it, after posting his best work of art to his blog or Instagram, someone commenting, “UMMM why does that girl have TWO noses? And a mouth on her forehead? And why isn’t she wearing clothes? ::thumbs down emoji::” He probably would have given up on painting entirely.
Okay, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I like to think Picasso would have been like “whatevs” and moved on. But you get the idea: there was a time in which a person could create something with little idea of what someone across the world thought of it, but now we have the technology to know almost instantly. In many ways, that’s a beautiful thing. But it also means that we live in possibly the most hypercritical culture in all of human history. If you are someone who has any kind of online presence – or, more likely, if you are someone who has made a career from your online presence – perhaps you are familiar with the sea of negativity that can exist in the land of social media and Internet comment sections. If so, then perhaps you’re also familiar with how difficult it is to be on the receiving end of such negativity.
But the truth is, criticism is old, as old as humanity itself. It comes in all shapes and sizes, from a variety of sources – from strangers online to friends or family members in our daily lives. And while some of it is well intentioned, much of it just isn’t. That being said, it’s important to know how to continue being your amazing, boss self in the face of haters. Want to know how to shake ‘em off? Here are a few good ways to get started: [Read more…] about How to Shake Off Your Online Haters