Few things get the blood pumping like a personal attack.
I wasn’t good at the game of High School. Even though I was in theater, “drama” never appealed to me, and the hobby of backstabbing isn’t something I was every very interested in. I don’t know if it’s because I’m just not that kind of person (I hope that’s the case) or if I’m just not biologically wired to want to make someone look bad. Kind of like how some people are good at certain sports: I doubt Matt Light would be any good at, say, pole vaulting.
As for me, I can’t say I’d be any good at pole vaulting either. I’m also not sneaky: I’d make a terrible ninja. My idea of stealth is standing still long enough for people to forget I’m there, then surprising them with all the devastation of an earthquake. That’s me: sneaky like a continent.
I don’t know if you heard (or even care) about it, but recently someone called one of my articles into question. They picked a quote, said it wasn’t true, then pretty much bashed me to the entire internet. The funny thing was, they’re partially right; not in this case, but in general.
Try listening to someone giving a speech, or even in your next conversation. Very rarely does anyone start saying something and get directly to the point. There are “ums” and “ahs” and tangents and interruptions and flies buzzing around that need swatted. You don’t want to read that in an article.
“I, uh, I want to thank you, um, all of you for *dodges mosquito* GAH, uh, all of you for being here, and for… *pause, tracking mosquito with eyes* for… *SMACK* GOT HIM! … uh, for being here today.”
No. We’d never get anything done here if we did that, if we quoted everyone completely, 100 percent verbatim. But neither do we, do I, put words in people’s mouths. I am not in the habit of making up quotes. I’d be a pretty poor excuse for a reporter if I did that. But I will shorten things down so you don’t look like a moron.
“I want to thank all of you for being here today.”
That’s a pretty extreme example. Another is the tangent, when people are reminded of something in the middle of their point and start to wander into the realm of the “what the heck” before meandering back to what they were trying to say. We don’t have enough ink to do that.
My point is, you can trust me. If I do an article about you or something you care about, you can trust that I’m going to do my best on it. I am not going to lie to you about anything: it’s not in my nature. When you talk to me, I will do my best to get your point across, even if you don’t do that good a job yourself because of, say, a mosquito. I’m not in the business of making people look bad: I’m in the business of reporting the news.
And, so help me, if you have a problem with something I do, come to me. ME. Not the internet, not the people around you, and I’ll try to fix it.
I’m no good at politics. That might come around to bite me some day, when someone who IS successfully ruins me behind my back when I’m busy getting ready to quake the earth… but if that is the case, I’ll cling to this: I gave you my best. And I figure that’s all anyone can ask for.