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Everyone’s Got An Opinion

Posted by on Nov 5, 2009

Yesterday I was going through some of the forums with my little bit of advertising on my writing services. When I’m posting those articles, I always include a link to some article samples so people can see that I can write different ways on different topics. None of them are overly long, as it’s only supposed to be a sample.

I ended up getting a response from one guy on one of those forums. He wasn’t looking for a writer; he was looking to basically be a jerk. He wrote that he didn’t like my presentation and that no one would ever hire me as a writer if that’s all I could do.

What did I do? I went back to that forum and thanked him for his comment, and moved on. I figured there was no reason to get into a back and forth with the guy because, after all, what would it have solved? My articles are what they are, on my website that I really market the writing services from, and that’s that.

Now, what he could have been griping about is my website, and if that’s the case, well, then that’s only one person’s opinion of what they expect certain websites to look like. Now don’t get me wrong, because something I’m known to do is look at websites and judge them on how well I think they look. However, what I look for is more balance and readability than whether I overly like something or not.

There are things that put off many people, and one of those things is a lack of balance from page to page. Another is multiple fonts on a webpage, and images that suddenly show up without any rhyme or reason. Or content with lots of spelling mistakes. Or a lot of flash or too little flash or, or, or… you decide it.

The truth is there are many different websites, over 120 million at this juncture if we include blogs. Many that look the same are template websites, and many of us hate those because, well, they’re template websites. There are also websites on free platforms, although many of those are starting to go away. There are people who put a website together using programs like MS Publisher, which isn’t really a website tool, and, well, you get what you get. Usually those people haven’t studied some of the nuances of what might make a good website, but still, it assaults your senses.

With that being said, not every webpage is going to be pleasant for everyone. And not every style is supposed to be the same either. My SEO website looks like it does because I wanted it to look that way. Every page is outlined the same, and the menu is in the same place on each page. I marked a couple of my products on each page also; that’s fair, since they’re my products.

No, I’m not asking people whether they like that page or not. I probably should, since it’s supposed to be a business website, but I’m not. It is what it is, just as your site is what it is, and your blog is what it is. I like it, it’s doing okay, and until I get sick of it, that’s just how it’s going to look.

Because, in the end, everyone has an opinion; how often are we supposed to bend to everyone else’s opinions?

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You did the right thing Mitch. Your reply will show others what a professional you are whilst bickering with the moron would have had the opposite effect. You were the bigger man. But the you are ‘the man’. 🙂
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Three Ways To Increase Your Ad Space Earnings =-.

November 6th, 2009 | 1:54 AM

Thanks Sire; I certainly wasn’t in the mood to be baited, that’s for sure, especially in an open forum.

Hey, shouldn’t you be starting up the new games of chess?

November 6th, 2009 | 2:18 AM

Right you are Mitch. I hereby throw down the gauntlet and challenge you. may the better man win 😀
.-= Sire´s last blog ..The Child Of God =-.

November 6th, 2009 | 3:15 AM

I guess that means I’ll win again! lol

November 6th, 2009 | 9:04 PM

Hi Dennis,

Actually, I wasn’t really mad when I read his comment, but yeah, I kind of feel better. lol

November 6th, 2009 | 9:14 PM
Francois Talens:

That situation only proves that you can’t I also experienced same thing. He gave a negative opinion about my sample then offered unreasonable price. Well, he’s the only person who told something like that about my work. LOL That situation only proves that we can’t really please everybody. As long as we know our capacity and how we work, everything will be fine.
.-= Francois Talens´s last blog ..Causes of Arthritis and Risk Factors =-.

November 6th, 2009 | 10:59 PM

I fully agree, Francois; if we like it, that’s sometimes the best we can do.

November 7th, 2009 | 9:55 AM