One recent morning, a good friend and colleague of mine woke up to find a nasty comment from a composer posted to a significant piece of his on YouTube. It was really vicious and even got personal. My friend went through various stages: he was shocked, then saddened, then angry, then made plans for “revenge,” but ultimately just deleted the offending comment and moved on.
Certainly in some cases deletion is a perfectly acceptable way to deal with venom that may at times find it’s way over to you. But for those who regularly attract a higher level of traffic and engagement on their social media accounts, it will be necessary to find ways to deal more directly with the problem before it spirals into an ugly public relations issue. And there’s even an upside to openly dealing with attacks, regardless of the size of your following.
Read the rest of this (and much more) in my book Writing and Living in the Real World: Advice For Young Composers