Let’s start with the bouquets
Recently I received two lovely compliments.
Firstly, Winfields Outdoors contacted me. They’ve listed my coastal walking blog (coastalwalker.co.uk) as one of the best outdoor blogs of 2017. They even gave me a nifty little badge to display.
You can see the full listing on Winfields’ website.
Secondly, a very nice man contacted me via Facebook and asked if I could write a few blog posts for Newquay.co.uk, an independent information site about the coastal town of Newquay, in Cornwall.
In the end we agreed he could lift some relevant and pre-existing blog posts from my coastalwalker.co.uk site.
Next, the brickbat
I received my first 2 star review on Amazon for my coastal walking book. The purchaser complained that the book was “about the obvious things for any one with even a bit of experience of walking”.
I don’t know whether to be:
- distressed because somebody hasn’t enjoyed my book
- irritated that the purchaser clearly didn’t bother to read the title
- pleased that I have finally got something other than a 5 star review
- delighted to have another review to add to my meagre collection
I’ve decided on option 3, because a less-than-5-star review makes my reviews appear more honest and genuine. (They all actually are honest and genuine, I must make that clear!)
Anyway, it was nice to receive two nice compliments after the bad review. Cheered me up. How do other writers cope with bad reviews?