Tuesday, 15 August 2023 15:25

Mr Grumpy: Feedback

Written by  Bob Campbell MW
Bob Campbell MW Bob Campbell MW

OPINION: A big, warm, heartfelt thanks to everyone who responds to an article I have written.

I react well to praise of course but even the harshest criticism is welcome; once I have cleared up the broken glass and apologised for my language to anyone within earshot, I take on board constructive criticism and try to do better.

I wrote a magazine wine column for several years without getting any response from a single reader. I started to imagine that no one read my column apart from my greatest critic (my wife, Marion). It was like shouting into a vacuum.

When it got to much for me and I gave up the column, 35 readers wrote to me to say how much they enjoyed my scribbles. Several had kept every single column I'd written. I was deeply touched by the response.

No praise is worse than false praise. I am occasionally introduced to a wine enthusiast at a party who will gush, “Bob Campbell, great to meet you; I love your work; never buy a wine without checking your tasting notes; I’ve got every book you have written.” I am then forced to admit, “I have never written a book, you must be thinking of Michael Cooper”.

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