Over the past few days, I've received some encouraging comments regarding the column I wrote, that ran this past weekend. People said things like: "Your writing is wonderful, it appealed to me at a human level. I related instantly." Then there was: "You really hit the mark, your writing style and the details you included drew me in." Others said: "very nice," "excellent job," "nice article,"I really enjoyed reading your story." One editor said: "I wish you would write for our section more often."
Just a few years ago, I didn't consider myself a word person, and shied away from writing anything, so these comments went a long way in boosting my confidence.
Of course, there were some comments that threw me for a loop. One person in my immediate department said: "I didn't know you were writing this." She said it as though I had back-stabbed her by not making a formal announcement before it ran. "If you have a shortage of things to do, you can help me with my work load," she said, scowling at me. She never said anything nice about the column.
And then there was: "I enjoyed your article. You surprise me sometimes." Once he realized his words, he tried to clean it up. I interpreted it to mean: Very nice article. All this time, I thought you were stupid.