I love this post so much and wish it had been around a few weeks ago when I, like you, had my very first piece published by The Huffington Post because an editor reached out. I expected people to get a laugh out of it since it was satire, but people went nuts calling me terrible names, implying that my own family was not proud of me (yeah, they seriously said that), and basically completely missing the point of the piece and doing their best to personally tear me apart instead, saying I didn’t deserve to go to the school I went to and trying to invalidate my life choices. I guess that’s what you get when you try to be funny about the rift between millennials and baby boomers. Boy, those boomers have a vocabulary on them! I thanked the universe I chose a pen name because people kept piling on hate and a few even transitioned to sending hate over Twitter as well. Now I knew deep down that I wasn’t a horrible c-word whose grandma hated her but at the end of the day it was still shocking and it hurt, especially because I was so elated to be recognized by being published for the first time and the haters really put a damper on that.
But now after a couple of weeks I’m over it and I guess the first time is the hardest, especially if you’re writing something that not everyone will understand but that makes sense to you, like comedy or poetry. I think that you’re talented and obviously you were recognized by HuffPo for your wonderful poetry, so honestly the haters can suck it and I guarantee you that thick skin will come, and so will more people who actually understand your material and don’t hate on you. Sending you good vibes!