I woke up this morning to a compliment in my inbox from a stranger.
I had typed out a reply and went to their blog to see if there were any details I should add to the reply and I saw this:
Generic and non-personal compliments just don’t work for me. It’s right up there with people who say “it gets better” without knowing anything about what’s wrong in the first place, or whether it will get better at all. It’s meaningless and tends to put me in a worse mood than I already am.
I’m sure the fault lies with me, though, because most people seem to appreciate stuff like that. I’m just all sorts of broken.
And it’s not even like I never get actual compliments from actual people (this isn’t me asking for some)…the cecilspeaks blog is usually good for a couple nice messages per week (a couple extra in the days following a new transcript being posted). And I do appreciate those.
But the ones with zero actual thought/emotion attached just piss me off for some reason.