By now many of you have read about the death threats made against blogger Kathy Sierra. And I'm sure you are sickened by these cowardly acts, as am I.
Kathy's blog, Creating Passionate Users, is one of my favorites because of its ideas, useful information, and lively style. (I might add that this blog, Creative Think, has been a beneficiary of her blog; every time she has mentioned my name or linked to this blog, her loyal — and discerning — readers have created a "Kathvalanche" of visits here.)
The threats and language against Kathy have thrown her. I hope that after she sorts this out, she'll get back in the saddle. We'd all be poorer without her and her perceptive "takes" on the human experience.
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Here's a personal aside. Back in the 1980s and 1990s when I was doing a lot of speaking (200,000 miles flown some years) and selling a lot of books, I received a lot of "fan" mail. 98% of it was positive: people from all walks of life sharing stories of their own creative experiences. 1% came from people wanting money.
And then there was the strange 1%. And I guess this is the downside of "Success" and "Fame." Letters with profanity. Letters with hate. It made me wonder why someone would go to the trouble to do that. One of the weirdest and spookiest packages I received was from a reader who had gone through "A Whack on the Side of the Head" and cut out many of the drawings in the book. He then cut out the eyes in the drawings and pasted the drawings on a piece of cardboard with the note: "These people all look dead. Do you like death, Roger? Would you like to be dead?" No return address. Just a cowardly act.
You shake your head, speak out against it, take preventive measures, and move forward.