Sooo.. how you all been? Let me tell you, I've seen better days. I guess all the flak over the Crap Shoes has finally caught up with me. Sometimes my first reaction is to stand up and fight, because that's what everyone expects of me. Even my mother, who calls SL StupidLife and thinks I have better things to do (like what? Pick my nose?) thought I handled it pretty well. Literally hundreds of people stood up for me, told me they thought it was wrong. Many of them posted publicly for everyone, including the author of the secret to see. No one said "Yeah your stuff is crap". Even one of the people who put the secret up there said I handled it "like a champ".
I have google analytics on my blog. I think it's fun to see the things that people search for and get my blog. So I'm browsing the searches, I see someone hated me enough to google Rowan Carroll Sucks. I don't think I've ever been incredibly nasty to anyone in SL. I've never done something without being provoked. Even when provoked, I tend to find a funny or interesting way to deal with it. I guess Rowan Carroll Sucks was a second punch to the gut after the Crap Shoes.
How do other designers deal with this kind of thing? Maybe the question is better stated.. Why do people feel the neeeeed to do nasty shit to people they don't even know? I've hated people, but I've never been publicly bitchy about it. I've never searched for "Soanso Smith Sucks". I've never personally tried to ruin someone's business by posting for the world to see that I feel BAD for their customers.
Feel BAD for my customers. I think that irked me more than telling me my stuff was crap. I mean.. rip on ME all you want. Yeah yeah yeah.. I make crap. Big whoop. But you feel bad for the people who DON'T agree with you? What kind of arrogance is that? People who think differently than me are worth only my pity. You, secret maker, must have a VERY high horse. I hope you have a business. I hope you make creations in world. I don't feel BAD for your customers. I envy them, they are able to look past the incredible arrogance of the designer and see the items for what they are.
Next time you feel like bad mouthing someone's in world creations, take a minute and think about it. Can you do better? What do you think the person who puts their creativity, their heart, their soul into this work, would feel about you commenting? Creative criticism is totally different than just saying "sucks". I like the style but I feel it could be better executed. The design is fab, but I would like a different color.
Think about that fact that most of the designers in game, aren't doing this so we can live in mansions and take gold baths. Most of us barely eek by and do it because we love it. We've been copybotted, ripped, stolen from, gouged by malls, cheated by people, lied to, and lord knows what else.
To quote Dennis Miller "That's just my opinion, I could be wrong."