No likes…just genuine feedback

People put out creative works for many reasons – for example: as a release of something they’ve been holding inside; to teach something; to spread an idea; to uplift or encourage others.

Often, one of the most gratifying parts of the process comes right at the end – when the audience shares genuine feedback on what that particular piece has done for them.

Unfortunately, the plague of the “Like” has robbed many works of getting meaningful comment. It’s far easier for a reader to tap a thumbs up / star, then keep scrolling to the next item in their feed.

Don’t get me wrong: a Like often is a genuine expression of positive sentiment; but in many other cases, it’s simply a means for the reader to offer superficial acknowledgement – letting the writer / artist / creative know that their work has been seen, without the added effort of actually saying something about it.

Go beyond

Today, I want you to go beyond that.

For those who have enjoyed the pieces on this blog, I have a task for you – related to the book I hope to release:

  1. Download and read the sample version.
  2. Think through the following questions
    • Which piece had most impact on you? (In terms of feelings, thoughts, etc.)
    • What was that impact? (Be as brief or detailed as you like.)
    • Do you know of others (family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances) that would be impacted by this piece (or others in the sample)?
  3. Send me your answers – either by email, or if you prefer (or want to remain anonymous), leave a comment below.

Thank you 🙂


6 thoughts on “No likes…just genuine feedback

  1. I like your reflection pieces the best, because they reveal more of your inner life. I think the one about turning 35, although not entirely, is the one I resonate with the most, especially since I have a tendency to compare myself to others… we all do. Sometimes articulating really simple things like that can serve as a chance for a reader to see themselves in another person’s writing. It may be “selfish” but many things we do are. If it improves our character and thinking, then that’s a good thing!

  2. I’m going to have a look at your other posts a bit later, inshallah. I’ve liked this post in the meantime but I do agree with what you’re saying. Thank you for blogging.

  3. Yacoob, do you mind if I link this post in my next blog post? It’s going to be about leaving comments and you make some relevant points. Let me know as soon as you can, inshallah. Thank you, even if the answer is no. ^_^

  4. Pingback: My Writing Trail: Day 115 | Observations of an Introvert

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