Traditional Irish Music
So I have a Youtube channel where I post all the tunes I learn. (My goal is about 4 or 5 tunes a week, sometimes I make it, sometimes I don't.)
There's a place on youtube where you can see a list of all of your videos with their statistics. I notice that my eyes are always drawn to the column of "dislikes" or Thumbs Down ratings that my videos get. It always hurts my feelings to see that some viewers don't like some of my videos, but why should it? And I why are humans always drawn to negative news, while positive news seems to matter less? I don't get a feeling of happiness to the same level each time I get a Thumbs Up.
When I started my New Tune a Day project, it was for my own benefit and education. I posted the videos publicly only to add a component of accountability. (I probably would have given up the project months ago if it weren't for the many people I knew who looked at my blog and learned the tunes along with me.)
But once I started getting feedback, I noticed that I started placing even more importance on the feedback I got. A few months ago, I got my first "dislike." Someone went through all 60 or so of my tunes at the time and disliked every single one. It's silly, but this really affected me. Intellectually I knew I should just shrug it off; so what if some (probably trollish) anonymous youtube person somewhere on this planet didn't like them? Who is that person to have any opinion worth my attention? No one. But still it hurt. I disabled rating on my videos for a while because I was afraid of the feedback.
Eventually I returned the rating function to my videos and continue to get mostly good ratings, and best of all, friendly and helpful comments. But I still can't help feeling hurt, or at least annoyed, every time someone thumbs me down. If someone thinks I could have done something better, for heaven's sake give me some constructive feedback, but a thumbs down seems like a stranger walking by, sticking his tongue out and saying "You're Dumb!" before scurrying back into anonymity. Totally useless.
Anyway. That's my rant about youtube, human psychology, ratings, and Irish tunes. How do you deal with mean people/negative feedback/tendency to pay too much attention to the "bad"?
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