Me: Wow, put that poorly drawn creature out of its own misery!
Original Poster: This mean comment is my favorite.
Me: Hey, sorry if that was your drawing, dude. I know negative comments hurt, but it wasn't the nice comments that got me where I am today.
Original Poster: Are you a neo-nazi in your free time?
Me: I'm... not entirely sure how to respond to that.
Original Poster: I'm sorry you're so butthurt. I'm sure you can find some Preparation H at your local grocer.
Me: What am I butthurt about? That sounds an awful lot like projection, to me.
Original Poster: BLOCKED!
That was from an actual encounter I had on one media platform I'm on. From that alone, how many of you know what advice I'm about to give? I bet a lot of you are already nodding your heads. You know exactly what I'm about to say, don't you? I don't even need to continue, do I?
For those of you who don't know what I'm about to say, here's my quick tip that applies to any and all creators: If you can't handle criticism, DO NOT under any circumstances POST IT ON THE INTERNET!
Yes, I'm a creator. I'm an artist, a writer, and a game dev. It says all this in the bar to the right. (If you're reading this at a much later date, the side bar may not still be there. But there was one once.) I've seen negative and destructive criticism of every form. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it sucks. But I have never once blocked a critic. Why? Because I'm not a retard, for one. I've been aware since my first post to the internet (long since deleted) that anything I put out there may be subject to hateful, negative comments. But also because opinions are like chromosomes: everyone has some. (I couldn't think of a body part that everyone would have, considering birth defects.)
Why the hell would you post something where tens of millions of people have the potential to see it if you're too weak and pathetic to handle the comments You'll receive? That's like jumping in the deep section of an Olympic-sized pool when you have an allergy to water. Or like becoming a stunt fighter pilot when you can't handle the g-force. Or becoming an archeologist when you can't stand dirt.
Tip 1: If you put it on the internet, be prepared to receive comments you may not like.
Tip 2: If you can't handle the comments you may not like, DON'T PUT IT ON THE INTERNET.
Tip 3: Only your mom and dad are required to say nice things about your drawings, stories, etc, and post them on the refrigerator. Out here, this isn't a kiddie pool, it's the ocean and there are sharks.