I was out sick today, but I was online for three or four hours anyway, because I’m addicted to the Internet, and because I write the daily newsletter, and it’s daily, so I have to write it every day. (See?) After I finished, I went back to bed for four hours, and then got back up and checked my mail.
Someone had written me a little fan letter in response to my newsletter. It began by telling me that I appear to have “woefully low self-esteem” and asked me if I knew how predictable my writing was. “Gratingly formulaic,” in fact, is the term he/she used. (I couldn’t tell the gender of the writer, since the email address — an AOL address, ho ho — didn’t give me any clues as to the first name.)
Now let me ask you this: If you were concerned about someone’s self-esteem, would you write to them to tell them that they suck?
Ever the professional, I wrote back and said: “Hey, thanks for writing! Hope you enjoyed those camera tips!” Oy.