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Posted: Friday, February 9, 2018 9:31 pm

It has been apparent since our younger years, when we get our first scolding from our parents, that we aren’t perfect. We can make mistakes, and people can call us out on it.

With the internet’s ever-increasing dominance, the whole world can see what you do. With an audience that vast, expecting nothing but warm receptions would be delusional.

Handling criticism has always been a tender subject. The two general responses are to either blow it off as mindless hate or let it change how you feel about your own work. Are these truly the only ways to handle it?

Honestly, it requires a healthy amount of both sides. A select few members of your audience will simply hate what you upload for the sake of hating it. This kind of blind raging typically doesn’t have any ground to stand on and isn’t worth your time.

At the same time, however, flat-out ignoring any and all negative comments coming your way is a guaranteed way to fail.

More often than not, people will criticize your work because they’ve found a genuine flaw in it. Pay attention to what people say you can improve on. Sometimes, it can take a swift kick to help you see the errors in your way.

“Regarding my own work, I am open to harsh criticism," said Robyn Moore, assistant professor of photography. “There might be a grain of truth even in the harshest of comments.”

As a journalist, I’ve received feedback on plenty of my articles, some helpful and some not. The trick is to separate what I can use to improve myself from what I can’t change.

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