Oh, yes, that’s what I was told recently! Though, perhaps, not in so many words, but it meant and conveyed the same message nevertheless. Truth be told, I was not exactly over the moon, a reaction which I thought was natural. What is it that took me by surprise? It was the apparent viciousness, and blame-me attitude of the site owner on behalf-of-the-client.
I was told, how I lacked basic language skills, and had no grammar sense, and whoa! I claimed myself to be a writer? As per the client (conveyed duly by the site owner), he would have done a much much better job. (For those not aware, I have been writing for a few years now, and have numerous articles in print and online, and till date, I have not been ticked off so viciously).
My immediate reaction was to the site-owner, “ Ok perhaps we can address the write-up in a different way, or perhaps you can assign a different writer?” I was stunned by the reply, “ The article is already live and one cannot do anything much now.” Article already ‘LIVE’ ?? Why should a shitty article go ‘live’ is what I was unable to comprehend. It was not about any recent urgent phenomenon; hence another writer could be assigned, why was that not done? I was unable to understand.
While I agree with a paying client, one has to have the attitude, that the ‘client is always right’, is it not good judgment to also make the client see reason? As in, not try to be hyperbolic and try to mislead readers, by saying things like, ‘the best thing to happen’, ‘magnificent’, par excellence etc? And yes, regarding the typo error, yes, I made a mistake, but what was the need to be so mean, especially, since I have a working relationship with them, and had blogged numerous articles for them.
The cherry-on-the-cake moment was, when I was asked by the site owner to share the apparently, poorly written article with my friends, to make the ‘client’ feel happy. I duly did. Why? Oh, I just did not want any bad blood anymore. And yes, I forgo my fees for this, much to the site-owner’s happiness.
My learning: Check and re-check, also get a get a complete comprehensive understanding of the written piece one is looking for, because it is this unclear-understanding, which can cause heartburn.
And I continue to live by this thought..
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.