A post from my now-defunct Marvel blog of a decade-plus ago concerning online reactions to how I was conducting myself.
I read a post or a blog entry online last night somewhere on the internet that said something to the effect of, “Tom Brevoort used to be that guys whose name meant that the books wouldn’t suck too badly. Now he’s just that crazy, snarky, defensive guy who’s always going off on something online.”
I suppose this kind of feeling is unavoidable, and a direct result of me trying to maintain a greater presence among the online community. But still, I think it misinterprets my intent.
I stand behind what I do, so unless you happen to hit one of those oh-so-rare instances where I totally agree with a criticism, you’re going to have to expect me to stand behind my work, and the work of the creators that’s being done under my watch. Doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear the feedback–just doesn’t mean I’m going to roll over and take it. And I’m crazy pressed for time these days, so I tend to post here at this blog and online very, very quickly–one draft, no polishing, no time for second thoughts. And that coupled with the internet’s uncanny ability to make everybody read everything with the worst possible term and in the worst possible light, means that sometimes I may be coming across harsher than I intend to be.
But I’m not trying to be off-putting. I wouldn’t be pounding away at this column well after close of business if I were. Nobody pays me anything extra to venture out here into cyberspace and dialogue with people. I do it because I want to do it–because, had the internet existed when I was simply a reader rather than an industry insider, I would have been out here posting and communicating all the time. I figure the least I can do is give something back.
I give you my standard, solemn guarantee: I’ll never knowingly lie to you. But part of that means that, if I don’t agree with you on a point, I’m going to argue it. And make no mistake about it–I’m a snarky fella. So there’s going to be a certain irreverence when I’m chatting online, if for no other reason than to amuse myself after all the hours I’m putting into this communication.