|Three Lemons on Blue 5x8 Watercolor|
Posting the results of creative endeavors - as a writer, a painter, a musician, a crafter or a chef, etc - takes some courage. Silent supporters and vocal critics are all gazing through the same pipes at creations generated by the ambitious hands of makers sweating with the hope of some sort of achievement. And communication on the internet is not a conversation on the couch. We don't have the benefit of acquaintanceship, carriage & gesture, vocal inflection & tone, etc. Thumper's Law dates back to at least the 1940's: If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. That's some seventy-year old wisdom.
I don't think it's a good idea to reply & argue with haters. They would thrive on the attention they're craving. My grandfather used to say "Acid will eat it's own container." Don't internalize that which does not nourish you, and keep your creative/making spirit well-fed & sprightly. So, I don't publish sarcastic comments - I delete the barbs & starve them of oxygen. Direct the urge to Take Action to better results. Because there's a glorious amount of creating to do. Throw back the curtains, put on some music, and grab a paint brush.
How do you handle insults and hateful comments?
President Theodore Roosevelt in a Speech at the Sorbonne, April 1910