Catching Some Flack

To all my regular readers, I would like to share with you something that was forwarded to me. It is a message that was posted on an AOL message board and discusses my writing. Here it is in full context:

"I am not out to offend anyone, and this is only my opinion but personally, I wasn't too impressed with her advice or writing, but this is my opinion. The picture she has up of herself, looks like she is posing for something risque, which also did not impress me. She looks like she is about 19 years old, with no life experience. She may be a freelance writer, but she is not an "expert" in therapy - she does not even have her Bachelor degree in
Psychology yet. I have felt more support, encouragement and wisdom from the people that post on here and my other support groups than this lady provides. I would be interested in what other people think of her writing.
[email protected] "

Now I could take this many ways. But it seems to me the authoress of this article missed the entire point. The point of my writing is not my photo (of which I did not chose and I hardly find it to be "risque"). The true point is what my writings speak to you. If they were not of interest to this woman,then I do not have a problem with that. As a writer, there will always be some people who do not like what you say regardless of how well you say it. Such is the life of a writer. However, I do find it a bit senseless to preface a criticism of my writing by slamming my photo. There are hundreds of authors that I love who have photos that I do not like, but I don't let that dislike for a photo bias my opinion of their work. The work is the imperative element. Not the wrapping.

So to those of you who follow my column, please focus on the words. They are what is important. I am not, contrary to the above critique, trying to be an Internet therapist. I am sharing my own personal feelings, emotions, and experiences with you so that you will know that you are not alone in the bizarre world of the dreaded Bipolar disease.

Again, I thank those of you who have stuck by me and continue to read my work. I pray that each of you find that proper med combo and can begin to stabilize and lead somewhat normal lives. I never wish any harm to any of you and have come to think of all of you as my "net family". Thank you for returning back to read my work and I am so grateful to you.

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