Just stumbled across this fun and thought-provoking vid from the always-breathless Vi Hart...
It hit home because just around the New Year I got a couple of long comments on a couple of vids on my YT channel that went pretty far out their way to be insulting. Mind you, I don't think he was lying about hating my music, though. I laughed it off but the animosity behind his comments kind of bugged me, you know, it wasn't so much that he was critical of my work as that he seemed to feel deeply offended that I even existed.
Anyhow, I figured that the fact that the dude's insults had got under my skin signaled there must be some lesson there for me (not in his comments -- but in analyzing my responses to them).
So I was charmed, in the intro to Vi's speed-ramble through her comment ethos talking points, to hear her say just about the same thing: if negative comments from strangers get under your skin, it may well be because of something you need to deal with in yourself. ('Cause, heaven knows there's no fixing the broken, toxic folks who spend their idle hours trying to rain bile on others' lives. )
Anyhow, Vi has some great little observations in the vid.