The Cross House
On December 27, I posted two back-to-back posts. This was my annual year-end report but this year I broke it in two. The first was THE HOUSE and the second was THE ROSS.
I did this as a way of letting readers know that the latter post would be personal. In the post I wrote about my joy over completed work on the Cross House, grief over the loss of two furry, beloved beasts, the significant improvement in my diet and health, and my deep pain over a Trump win.
The post received, I believe, more comment than any previous post and has now been viewed four times as much as THE HOUSE.
But some readers were unhappy to learn of my thoughts and stated that they would stop reading the blog.
When writing the post I was sensitive to this possibility. Thus, I did not offer any criticism of Trump in the post. I also debated just deleting the political portion to avoid causing controversy. The issue was discussed with my friends but they furiously insisted I leave it in.
I often worry what readers will think. This blog is now 2-1/2-years-old and I have learned that for every, say, four people who like X that I did on the Cross House there will be one person who did not. Once, while working on the front porch, a well-dressed older woman walked across the lawn, came right up to me, looked at the newly painted exterior, and said: “I hate the colors.”
She went on: “I like blue houses. You should have painted it blue.”
Still a bit stunned, I replied: “Well, blue would not complement the limestone foundation, the oak doors, or much of the stained-glass.”
She replied without hesitation: “I don’t care. I like blue.”
Then she walked away.
Recently I did a post about refinishing the floors in the parlor and library and in the comments I noted surprise that everybody approved of the stripes! A few days ago though somebody, in another post, stated that they HATED what I did! This actually made me happy because I very much want readers to also feel free to express their thoughts.
I short, I have learned that it is impossible to please everybody. Impossible. So, rather than be paralyzed by concern that somebody might object to something I do with the Cross House, or that I may have different views about X subjects, I have struggled to just let go of all such concerns.
This struggle has been hugely helped by the past week:
Between December 20 and the 27th the blog received 15,314 views.
Between the 28th and January 3 the blog received 23,764 views.
This is an impressive, kinda amazing jump in views, +8450 in a week.
This would seem to support the idea that while some readers may dislike what I do or write, many other readers are supportive. Indeed, my being honest about the Cross House and my views about life itself seems to attract people.