Day 4: Something I Have to Forgive Someone For

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  1. Good for you.

  2. Ouch. This was hard to read because YES. All of this. Yes. Why must people try their damndest to invalidate what we do? I’ve never once demeaned anyone else for what they do. Not once. And yet, with writing on the internet, people think they can. It hurts because I love this. I love doing this more than I’ve ever loved doing anything else, and if they see that as sad or a waste of time, than that’s their problem, not mine.

  3. Um, you are SO not a loser Sarah. How do I know? Simple. If you were a loser with no job, then how in the fuck would you be able to give me a job writing? Hmmmm…Interesting.

  4. This is very big of you to forgive! Very very big.

  5. Really well done, and also a fair explanation of why no one in my family beyond my wife knows I have an online life — it’s not something they’ll understand or support, and that’s simply not a hassle or a headache I feel like dealing with. Because I know that if I had to put up with what you’re putting up with from friends and family…

    Well, let’s just say that I suspect that I’m even less forgiving than you are.

  6. People are jealous, I know I am! Not because blogging is invalid or easy but because you’re succeeding in working really hard at something you love (I think?!) and people don’t understand it. Also they are stupid.

  7. People just don’t get it. Even marketing people – they think “blogging” is something so much more mysterious than writing in another medium.

  8. You are not a loser. You aren’t. I love how you did this. You were honest and real and didn’t point fingers. That is a good thing. You did well Sarah. Really.

    However? You are NOT a loser. You are a zillion other things but not that. I just don’t agree. I think anyone who thinks that, needs to get a grip.

    Question though? Are you a Taurus? Just curious, because I so do that. The cutting out people. Just being done. The end, that is all, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  9. Fantastic.
    I really love this. l-o-v-e. LOVE

  10. Yes. Writing is writing is writing is writing.

  11. smart aleck says:

    If anything, blogging is harder than a ton of other jobs because you do have to open yourself up…to anyone on the big ol’ Web who could stumble upon it.

    And there are no set hours.

    For what it’s worth, I have never read one of your posts and thought “ya know, Sarah whipped this up while sitting on the toilet”
    Okay, I lied…there was the one pic of the airplane bathroom.
    But it was in context.

  12. Would it sound cheesy to tell you that YOU are one of the reasons I blog? You are.

  13. I forgive them, sort of, too, for invalidating something that made it possible for me to make a friend with whom I can share both stupid ass jokes and end of life wishes. The alternative is unthinkable these days.

    I am so proud of you for walking a path of most resistance, for being courageous and resolute and working harder at everything you do than almost anyone I know. I am so proud of you in general. It will all be totally clear, and very much worth it, in the end. I just know it.

  14. Wow. Really good, Sarah. Seriously.

  15. Um.. wow. All of the above comments. Do we all run into this? I know new stuff is scary but it isn’t silly, you know? I get this all the time too and it is infuriating and demeaning and sometimes it makes me violent. However, I’m learning to not so much forgive but blow it off. It does my ego much better to view myself as some kick ass pioneer who works her ass for what I love. So there’s that.

  16. I had an uncle once tell me that instead of blogging, I should write “something important.”
    I’ve thought about that a lot over the years.
    Who is to judge what is important writing and what is not?
    Blogging is deeply satisfying. That is important.

  17. There are some people that know you work hard. Too hard.
    Also, you don’t cut people off at the first offense, or second, or third, and I could probably keep going. How do I know this? You’re still friends with me & I know I’ve stuck my foot in my mouth & screwed up many times. Thanks for not cutting me off!

  18. I have friends who don’t understand. But my blog is a hobby, not a career. The saddest part about this to me is that they are taking away your right to feel proud about what you do.

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