Emotion versus marketing

I’m an emotional being. Very much so. If I wasn’t life would be so much easier.

Today I wrote a post that was entirely based on what I thought was a logical / marketing approach to breaking out of a stereotype.

Unfortunately my post was met by some with very emotional responses. Some were so emotional that it took a reply comment before they revisited my post to see what I actually wrote rather than what they first perceived I wrote ( and I thank them for re-visiting).

But why should a post about what is essentially a marketing question be met with such open hostility?

is it because of the demographic involved? Or is it something more?

Thoughts are appreciated, even from those who tell me I wasn’t being logical at all 🙂

4 thoughts on “Emotion versus marketing”

  1. @Suburban Oblivion. This is something that always strikes me as interesting in that I find myself wondering that if I had been talking about a different group (one you are not a part of) would you have considered it “abrasive”.

    You see, everything I wrote yesterday is a valid criticism of many sub sections of the blogosphere and the complaints people have with respect to their treatment by corporations and others.

    My tips, as I stated, were not just to “mommy bloggers” but to “any bloggers who feel they are cornered into one demographic”.

    My impression from the comments yesterday, is one of a very defensive community that doesn’t take criticism from outside to well.

    Unfortunately that is a problem we see with many communities online – a kind of “how dare you tell us that there may be another way” attitude.

    I’m sure you’ve experienced this somewhere yourself within other communities, on forums or elsewhere.

    So again, I’m wondering was my post abrasive (or any more abrasive than anything else I write) or is it more that I’ve struck a defensive nerve…

    Just a thought.. 🙂

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  2. @Suburban Oblivion – Was that a dig 😉 LOL

    I think it’s always harder to take criticism from someone you don’t know especially in situations like this.

    However, outside criticism is often the best because it presents a perspective that may not exist within the echo chamber of a community.

    The outside person hasn’t drunk the community or company cool aid so has the ability to look at the problem from different angles.

    So while the outsiders may be the most difficult to take, I believe that in most cases it is also the most valuable.

    But then again, for most of us nothing worthwhile comes easy or without a little pain along the way.

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  3. I told you on IM and I’ll tell you here..the way the post was written was abrasive. Given the comments that followed, I wasn’t the only one that felt that way. I am listening to the Mr. Business Golf show you did on this, and you explain your POV FAR better there than you did in the post. If you had managed to type it the way you said it there you’d have gotten the reaction you were wanting as far as having a real discussion.

    Btw, just as an afterthought, you should check out this post about the mommyblogger label Megan wrote last year. Good stuff.
    http://plainjanemom.com/2007/06/22/my-label-maker-is-broken-this-week/

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  4. For someone writing about being defensive me thinks you doth protest a bit much, but what do I know? 🙂

    That said, suppose you were right. Would you take criticism better from someone you know, or some random stranger who you wouldn’t know from Adam who seemed to think it their place to come in and tell you how the work you put your heart and soul into is being done all wrong?

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