Especially since I write for WND, I am often on the receiving end of some nasty snarks. Most of the time I brush these off because, after all, I'm usually being criticized for my opinion, something to which everyone is entitled.
But this snark hurt. Someone wrote in:
You are getting pretty proud of yourself over the last few months publicly. I suggest you read the commandments and recall a bit more of the humble life you once led. The one that led you on your path.
I'm not a bible thumper by any means but I am getting sick of your tireless self promotion since you published your book.
This website used to be about lessons, learning and others but now, it's all about you. Keep it up and I'll be bidding you goodbye forever.
The reason this snark hurt is because it has some merit. It's hard not to share the excitement that comes with having one's first book published. But at what point do I cross the line between excitement and pride? Hard to say, except from a reader's point of view -- and this reader has obviously had enough.
So while it's tough to look in the mirror, I understand and accept this reader's criticism and humbly beg his or her pardon.