The internet used to be such a welcoming place. I grew up with dial-up internet, using forums as an educational tool. There was no YouTube — you would open a thread on a forum and someone, somewhere would come in and save the day… And when they did, they became your internet friend.
The internet isn’t as friendly anymore. And now, more than ever, it is easy to become the target of a complete stranger (read: troll).
This can make people terrified to share their work, thoughts, and opinions. I used to fear criticism until I started sharing my work and being criticized for it. Criticism can be insightful when it is constructive. On the other hand, it can be hurtful and discouraging when people go out of their way to put you down.
I know that aren’t people. My community of friends, family, and supporters. Moreover, I also know that trolls are merely projecting their own issues at others… Which most likely has nothing to do with you.