What the hell does this mean?
The literal meaning of the phrase is supposed to be that “the perception of beauty is subjective.”
We know that this saying’s been around a long time, since the 3rd century BC in fact, which would be 200-300 BC for all the rest of us.
Who had this pithy bit of wisdom? Why, none other than the Greeks, I’ll have you!
Yes, those blokes sure did a lot, didn’t they?
Many women did that at the time, and I can’t help but think it’s because the men folk would have felt sexually threatened if they knew they were reading a woman they knew.
Anyways, in 1878 she said “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” in her book Molly Brown.
Somehow over the past month I’ve managed to steadily pull in 700 unique hits a day, and going well above 1,000 a couple times a week. Getting 1,200 hits in a day astounds me.
So despite my best efforts to write what I want without any regard to anyone else (really, no one comments, so who the hell cares?) I’ve managed to build a sizeable audience of mutes and wallflowers.
Pretty Impressive, Huh?
For instance, I get about 30 backlinks a month from Elizabeth Spann Craig’s site.
Who’s that? Yeah, I had no idea, so I went to the site and discovered it’s a mystery author, mainly Cozy’s for women. (Cozy’s are short and fun mystery novels where a baker might die and the other business owners on the block have to figure out who did it. They’re usually light-hearted).
Anyway, I went over there and thought there were some decent articles so I bookmarked them. That’s a pretty big honor, for me to bookmark your site. That means everyday around 2-4 AM I’ll see if you have any new stuff. Sometimes I’ll even kick dirt on it. Like I said, it’s an honor.
I get anywhere from 300 to 500 hits a month now from Kboards, although I have no idea who many of those people are that are following my link.
This month I’ve already gotten more than 50 hits from Akama. Yeah, I have no idea who they are either.
I get a few dozen hits from The Book Designer and a handful from eBook Indie Covers. I also get quite a few now for my Montana political blog, and those coming from other Montana political blogs. Yeah, you’re not interested in that crap.
But Greg, Your Site Sucks
Now that I’ve thrown my hat into the ring and am running for political office, I think it’ll only get worse.
You should see some of the negative comments I get when I post political philosophies on one of our city newspapers’ site. People like to sling shit a lot.
So what can you do when beauty’s in the eye of the beholder and the beholder’s a real horse’s ass? I guess you can give up.
Folks, I’m not in this for the money, I’m in it to please. If one person is displeased, well, then I’ve failed to do my job. In many countries, I’d be executed.
Quitting Is For Winners
Let’s face it, are ya going to buckle down and try harder? That’s a route fools take, and you’re not stupid.
No, better to just take the computer and chuck it out the window, maybe let the power bill lapse, and perhaps invest in some firewood. Who needs anything or anyone right? And modern conveniences? Ha, I’m getting the jump on cave paintings again!
Yes, I don’t see the point in writing anymore if someone will disagree with me. This is not a communist country, damn it, so let’s stop acting like it! Criticism will not be tolerated, only glad-handing and ass slaps, or shoulder grabs for the women.
Guys, do you want that?
Let’s think of the mentality of someone who doesn’t give up, who stands up in the face of criticism, and instead of quitting, actually works harder.
Are these the people we want making us look bad? I think not, and they must be torn down.
Success Must Be Stopped
Yes, give up – it’s really the only way to find true happiness. Misery follows those that try, and you don’t want that. So kick up your feet, crack open that beer, and let the tube wash over you. Yes, that’s more like it, that’s what we want, that’s winning!
Here’s the handle – if you keep going in the face of criticism, they win. That’s right, they win!
See, each time you put something else out there, it’s just another chance for them to leave a poor review, a snide remark, or a belittling comment. Hey, they might even go after your mother or your dog. We can’t have this, now can we?
Quit now, save yourself the anxiety!
Do you really want to live with the knowledge that there’s some disgruntled has-been or never-was out there ridiculing you?
Maybe a 14-year old with braces and a face like a pizza?
And a guy that can’t even use proper grammar and spelling in a review that points out your grammar and spelling mistakes? That’s not a world I want to live in, I’ll tell ya that right now.
That’s what those handful of 1-stars and crummy blog comments mean. Those 5-stars and “great post’s?” Eh, not so much. Who reads those anyways? We all know they were bought and paid for.
Yep, get out now while you still can. Who knows? If you keep plodding along you might really set yourself up for an upset, like some returns or lack of sales. Jeez, time to look into assisted suicide, huh?
Yes, the future of self-publishing and blogging is indeed bleak. There’s no point in continuing. Rally with me now…Give up! Give up! Give up!