It’s Hard to Write Nice Things

Posted by Matt Birchler
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I think many people would use the word “nice” to describe me. I’m not controversial, I’m not actively out to get anyone, and for better or worse, I generally want everyone to like me.

That said, I often find it hard to think of something to write about that isn’t “this thing is bad and I’m going to tell you why.” As Anton Ego in Pixar’s masterpiece, Ratatouille said:

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read.

I’ve scrapped so many blog posts over the past few months specifically because they were pretty negative and I just didn’t want to put that into the world. We need critics, and we need people/companies/products to be taken to task sometimes, but I find it too easy to fall into the trap of always writing about things I think are bad. There are so many “why did X fail?” and “why I’m done with Y” things out there and I don’t want to add to the negativity.

The problem is that as Anton says, it’s fun to write negative things. It’s simply more enjoyable to write and you really feel like you can flex your creative writing skills to find new and interesting ways to say why something is bad. Writing praise is oddly more difficult. I can go on forever about why I don’t like certain movies, but I always find I have less to say about the movies I like.

Anyway, that is why I try to focus this blog and my YouTube channel on things that I personally enjoy and get value from.