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@abraae Thanks for your thoughts! I appreciate you offering your perspective so that I can refine my own. I also want to make it clear that I was not criticizing @sarahlacy 's writing ability or talent. I just thought it would have been even better with a second eye passing over, from an editorial perspective. I am a professional editor and writer (in the fashion industry) and so my opinion isn't totally random. lol. I understand both sides of the street and know as a writer being edited isn't fun. But that writers who love even the physical act of typing or putting pen to paper can meander; it doesn't mean they aren't good at what they do. I think it's great the article spoke to so many people as is, and they love its style, and took away valuable information. Perhaps b/c it's an industry I am familiar with I was expecting something else from it.
2 years ago on The Science of Badass: How Nasty Gal Avoided Ecommerce Gimmicks and Silicon Beach to Bank $40m and a New Line
@sarahlacy I feel a sense of perhaps being offended by my critique, which is not at all what I intended. I am new to this blog, so perhaps I was mistaken in its style. With all due respect, you don't need to cite your "numbers" to prove your point. As a reader, I'm not really concerned with your success. If I like a blog that has six readers, I'll read it. If I don't and it has six million followers, I won't read it. I praised a piece recently by Francisco Dao for its humor and understood fully well that it was meant to be an opinion piece, which it clearly was, that told a story. If there is one thing that will prevent me from coming back and recommending PandoDaily, it's going to be a defensive attitude that comes off as a bit immature. "Poo, if you don't like it, go somewhere else!" A better response might have been "Thanks for your opinion, our pieces don't usually run in typical journalistic format; but take a longer, narrative approach. Happy reading!"
I do feel, and please take this as constructive criticism, that the article was a little "loose" and could have been edited down for a more powerful, focused, message. I was reading it and found myself a little muddled as to what it was really about. Nasty Gal's founder yes, but is it about her persona, her business philosophy, or how those two things came together to form a successful business? If so, why not state it at the beginning plainly? And can the diaper/cracker story be taken down to a line or two for clarity and brevity? After all, it is an article and not as one commenter put a "novella." I think it does flow well as a piece of writing, but as a piece of journalism, falls a little off the mark.
I wonder if the people commenting on the language would walk out of a standup comic's performance for the same reason. You know, that thing called comedy where people take seeds of truth and turn them into (oftentimes) profanity-laced stories and statements? I mean...is Chris Rock or Eddie Murphy taken less seriously as a business person for their shows? And make no mistake, business people both of those men are for the movies, TV shows, etc. they've produced. Seriously, seriously, relax.
2 years ago on The Ultimate Productivity Tool
You know, it's a difficult line to toe trying to decide what to say yes to and what to turn down, especially in the startup world. Really all you can do is make a choice based on your information, schedule and values. You kind of are better off in the long run staying true to yourself, just like the cliched dating advice almost always stipulates. I think the article conveys that truth in a funny, relatable way. So for those who disagree, chill out, relax, you'll have a better day. @Francisco Dao you had me at daily nap, of which I also partake.