So much to say here. I was literally reading this article and my girlfriend was talking to me about a similar conversation she was just having. I simply pointed at the screen.
My take for those who are afraid: Embrace it. “Haters gonna hate” And 48 Laws of Power say any attention is good, anyway.
But seriously, think of it this way.
When you go fishing, you select the bait that will attract the fish that you want.
Sure some fish are gonna swim by and “pew pew” at your bait, but it’s not for them, so it doesn’t really matter what they think.
If that bait is giving people lots of value and helping others, you will attract the people that you wrote it for. They may not be as vocal, but they’ll probably sign up for your email list if you helped them.
“To be a successful creator you don’t need millions. You don’t need millions of dollars or millions of customers, millions of clients or millions of fans. To make a living as a craftsperson, photographer, musician, designer, author, animator, app maker, entrepreneur, or inventor you need only thousands of true fans.”
- Kevin Kelly — http://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/
I hate to use the bait analogy because that’s to capture an animal, but it rings true in that sense. If a fish doesn’t want the bait, well, you didn’t want that fish. That’s why you picked that bait.
You know what else people hate on? Click-baity titles. Guess what articles people click on though?
“You can’t please all the people all the time” — Bob Marley
So stand on your soap box and shout! The people who hear and support your message will.
For one of the articles I wrote that got thousands of claps from around 400 engineers, someone on Reddit told me “to stop polluting the internet”.
There are two ways to build the biggest towers. 1) Put in the effort and build it tall and strong, or 2) Knock down everyone else’s towers around you, so your’s feels bigger.
The people in the 2nd category are the one’s who are polluting the internet, and are too afraid to put themselves, and their opinions out there so instead they try to bring down others. They aren’t interested in building the highest tower, they just want to knock down everyone else’s, and their opinion should hold zero weight to you.
And just because this rant isn’t long enough, the concept of promoting or putting down others ideas is known as “Greenhousing” vs “Brownhousing”
As a development community we should strive to bring life (greenhousing) to other ideas. Instead of saying “no that won’t work because of XYZ” say “Yes, that’s an interesting idea, what if we were to approach this part in this manner though as it would provide these other benefits”
Developers tend to be quite literal and direct.
Anyway, that’s enough ranting for now! :)