The last few days have been nothing short of amazing. I apologize for my absence here, but New York City clearly consumed my attention and I failed to plan blog posts in advance. I just simply ran out of time. Once I unpack and have a chance to sort through my thoughts, I’ll find a way to share them all with you. Sound good?

Before I do all that, I have a confession to make… I’m not perfect. In fact, I’m the furthest thing from perfect. It’s true. For those of you that have been following me and Inspired by Charm for a while know that writing, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and proofreading are not my strong suits.

The world has blessed me with so many amazing talents. I am incredibly grateful. Unfortunately, like everyone else, I’m not good at certain things. In fact, I suck many things. I’m not good at sports, nor do I have any interest in them, I’m not very patience, my self confidence is abysmal, and I suck at writing. (Plus many, many more things.)

I realized these things. Trust me. I beat myself up about them every single day. (Except the sports thing. I have no desire to be better at that.) I am so grateful to the hundreds of you that follow along and enjoy by blog despite my weaknesses. Please know that I recognize these areas that need growth and I am working diligently to improve myself. Also know that I’m probably never going to be a brilliant writer like other bloggers. It’s just not a skill that I have. I will work my butt off to try and get there, but quite honestly it may never happen. If my typos and horrible punctuation drive you insane, you don’t have to read or follow along. I totally get it and completely understand. No offense taken.

Some of you may wonder why I’m bringing this up now. Well, I received a few comments in my last two posts that told me I needed to get my act together. Honestly, I appreciate and need these comments There are no harsh feelings whatsoever. They help me grow. They make me stronger. And, from what I can tell the comments were made with the best of intentions.

But, I also wanted to point out that someone’s comment section may not be the best place to point out a their weaknesses and flaws. It’s just not. Honestly, I just felt truly embarrassed and bummed out. It wasn’t what I wanted to read while I’m trying to enjoy myself in New York. Does that make sense? I know that by putting myself out there/here I am opening the doors for criticism. Just remember when you are leaving comments or sending emails of criticism, there is an actual person with feelings that is going to receive your message. Remember that people make mistakes. Ask yourself if your message is actual going to help or benefit the person you are sending it to you or if it’s just for your own benefit. Put yourself in their shoes before hitting send. Please.

And yes, I did screw up my hashtag on the night of the blogger social. I’m sorry about that. Here’s the thing… I was in a stress city. I was running late to the event due to bad directions from my ‘smart’ phone, I was about to meet tons of amazing and important people, and I was nervous as all get out. On my first hashtag I transposed two letters. Because my phone is ‘smart’ it just used the same incorrect hashtag the rest of the evening. I’m sorry. I hope those following were able to figure things out and that it didn’t majorly affect your life in a significant way.

I know this may not be the type of post you usually expect here and I promise not to make a habit of it. It’s just been weighing on my mind so I needed to put it out there. I hope you all understand and still continue to stop by every once and while despite my shortcomings.

This is also a good time to say thank you to everyone. Your support, following, emails, comments, and words of encouragement mean the world to me. I am so thankful and appreciative for all of you. You have given me the strength and courage to dive in to new challenges and opportunities. You have reminded me that it is okay to dream and act on those dreams no matter how crazy they may seem. I will be forever grateful.

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  • Suzanne@Meridian Road at

    Chalk it up to envy and bad manners. You’re a success, and not despite your flaws, but in many ways, because of them.
    There’s no shame in being real!

  • Meg at

    Michael, your blog is amazing. I consider myself a decent writer, and I never really notice your spelling and grammatical errors. If I do, it’s not bothersome. I’m not sure why people feel the need to give unsolicited advice. I think it’s rather rude.

  • Brandi at

    Michael, please don’t let these people get to you! You are AMAZING. Your blog is AMAZING. Some people thrive on hurting others.

  • Brook @ BeingBrook at

    Michael if everyone waited until they were perfect at something before doing it nobody would ever get anything done!

    Love your blog, keep up the great work!

  • Melissa P at

    Ah, Michael…we’re all imperfect. Anyone who claims to be perfect is right around the corner from a humbling experience. All we should be requiring from each other is patience and a chance to grow into our potential. I’m sorry a few people, no matter how well intentioned, brought you to a negative place. Just keep moving forward, letting your uniqueness shine.

  • hkhanson at

    You’re awesome and I love your blog. Keep up the great work!

  • InMyOwnStyle at

    Michael –
    I love the way you write and wish I could be as charming and engaging as you are. Whoever wrote those comments is only envious of your gifts. None of us is perfect – but that is what makes us unique – you have a unique voice – do not lose that because someone thinks you should do things differently. Your voice, your style has gotten you where you are today and you should be darn proud. At the Blissdom conference this year, the keynote speaker, Jon Acuff said that we get so upset when we get a negative comment on our blogs – reverse that thinking – how many hundreds of good comments you get. That is what should be moving you forward – not the negative one or two.

    My best- Diane

  • Molly Mosby at

    You’re awesome.

  • Tonya Diehl at

    I love you & your blog Michael!! Don’t let the haters get you down! If a few grammatical errors are going to turn people away from reading your blog, well, then that’s just SAD! You & your blog have so much to offer to so many!

  • susiecarranzastudio at

    i’ve been following your blog for a while now, but this may be the first time i comment. just want to say – i really enjoy your blog. from the comments i read here, i’m not the only one. no one is perfect. NO one. keep on doing what you do! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous at

    I am a recent follower and love your blog. I don’t have the courage you have to do these amazing things. Keep up the great job.

  • Ann from On Sutton Place at

    Hi Michael. I’m a new follower who discovered you on Pinterest. Awesome boards by the way. I also obsessively check and recheck my blog posts for spelling or grammatical errors. Sometimes I read a post 10-15 times before I hit publish. Does that make me perfect? I think not. Do I have more readers, sponsors, opportunities? Definitely not. In fact today I found out I wasn’t picked for something I applied for. It really wasn’t a big deal but I still felt like sort of a loser. My well-spelled blog did me no good. Mean comments come from mean people. You don’t need them or want them as followers. Perfection is a myth. It doesn’t exist. Those who think it does must be very unhappy always trying for something unattainable. Glad you had fun in NY. I’ll be back.

  • Debi at

    Wow, I’ve got to say that I’m completely flabbergasted! I just can’t for the life of me fathom why anyone would say such a thing, especially right out there in public. Please don’t be giving another thought to being perfect. Good heavens, how boring would that be?!! In my opinion, you could spell every other word wrong and I’d still delight in dropping by. See, I don’t come to read proper grammar, I come to be inspired and uplifted and to have a smile put on my face and often on my heart. And that’s what always happens!!! You’re absolutely as perfect as you need to be. You know, human. Just like the rest of us.

  • Fawn Pingel at

    Your doing what I wish I had the confidence to do. Perfection isn’t life. We all have quirks but your honest and you have talent and a great heart. You have truly mastered the art of making lemonade out of lemons. (Big hug)

  • dzines2000 at

    Some people need to criticize others to make themselves feel good. It’s akin to a superiority complex. Don’t beat yourself up. YOU would never publicly criticize someone. You’re extremely talented and courageous enough to start your own business and take on a blog as well. That’s a boatload of hard work. Good for you!

  • Stacey at

    I didn’t see the hashtag mistake, but have to say that I’ve never noticed enough grammar or spelling mistakes to make me think you didn’t write well or to even remember you making mistakes!! I constantly see “big” bloggers with mistakes. Unless it truly makes what they are writing confusing, I take note, realize what they meant to write and move on reading a great post!

    And you really do write well!! You write as YOU! You have a unique voice, style and way of making us feel that you are our close friend (even though you don’t know all of us!). Don’t change a thing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Happy Little Crafter at

    Now I ask you, Michael…If you were going to pick a puppy to take home to become a member of your family, would you take the one with the perfect ears, perfect posture, perfect everything OR would you pick the puppy with the lovable lopsided ears and an imperfect tail?!” EXACTLY…You’d take the puppy with the lopsided ears!

    All of us following you and your site aren’t looking for perfection….we’re doing it to follow someone EXTREMELY talented who knows how to make life AMAZING and knows how to help us create our best life possible!

  • Patty at

    We all make mistakes and fall down/short on things, I can’t for the life of me figure out why people take the time to be harsh and criticize. I have a feeling it might make them fell better when they can point out other people’s flaws. Hang in there you entertain and inspire so many. Feel proud!

  • keri @ shaken together at

    I recently had a run in with a nasty commenter also and just wrote a similar post … enjoy what you do and do it for you. Simple as that. This blog, this experience, this life is yours … don’t let someone else steal your joy ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep up the amazingly brilliant work!

  • Desiree Siegel at

    What??? You’re not perfect? Well, that one slipped right by me. I think you and your blog are as perfect as perfect can be! Keep up the amazing work.

  • Maureen Hayes at


    I am a fairly new follower and I haven’t really commented yet, but I felt I had to when I read your post today. I am so sorry that you had this experience with a few bad apples. I thoroughly enjoy your blog, I certainly don’t notice any failings or shortcomings, and you know what. . . not one of us IS perfect! Please don’t feel the need to justify or explain yourself, you have nothing to feel badly about. So you mistyped a hashtag, big deal, we all make typos and mistakes! You have lots of followers and friends, don’t let a few silly people get you down. You are completely right, the comment section of someone’s blog is a completely inappropriate place for pointing out something like this anyway.

    Keep your head up high, you are a talented and amazing guy! Thanks for brightening my day with your posts.

  • Maria (Magia Mia) at

    Good Lord! Those people that took the time to bitch about your grammar were obviously hall monitors in grade school……If they consider that a big enough problem to nag to you about, then I want their problems…..

    You are a positive, charismatic, and gifted person Michael, and no one can touch that. Stay true….

  • Geekwif at

    You provide entertaining, informative, and inspiring content on a regular basis and it doesn’t cost your readers a penny to gain from it. If those few people can’t appreciate that, then they must not be reading your blog for the right reasons. And you’re right: a public forum like your blog comments is absolutely not the appropriate place for such criticism if it must be given at all.

    These people should mind their own business and appreciate you for what you so generously give them through your blog. Bad form on their part. Very bad form.

  • reeree62 at

    Wow. I don’t understand why some people feel the need to do these things… Sorry they made you feel bad. You’re doing a great job, Michael… :o)

  • Chelsea @ two twenty one at

    It’s amazing what people will say to others via the Internet. I call it “keyboard courage”. They probably wouldn’t say the same thing to your face. Clearly those people need to learn about a little thing called tact. Don’t let them get you down. So let them drink their Haterade, and you just keep doing what you’re doing because it’s obviously working for you. I can’t wait to read all about your trip to NYC!

  • Anonymous at


    I’m a big fan of inspired by charm and always look forward to reading your blog as soon as it hits my inbox.

    Keep up the good work and know that no body is perfect that includes the naysayers.

    margo (on Vancouver island)

  • suzieQ at

    O.K., I had to add my two cents for what it is worth. I can honestly say that one of the feelings I have always had when I read your blog is the wish that you lived near me and were my friend…you have such a lovely quality that jumps off the page. You ooze good vibes, or at least that is what I always feel when I come to your site. I like the person who writes this blog very much and I enjoy seeing what he is up to, what he has to say, and what he is cooking and baking.
    I teach. There are so, so many ways to be smart and being a great speller and knowing correct grammar is ONE way to demonstrate skill as a writer. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby was voted the number one piece of American literature of the 20th century and it is well documented that he REALLY needed the skill of his editor. He was a horrible, terrible speller. J.F. Kennedy was an awful speller also, so what? Thank goodness for spell check, it saves me a lot of time and grief. English has so many crazy ways of spelling and having a good memory for spelling doesn’t make you a genius. Instead, I admire that you put yourself out to your readers and are following your dream of making a connection to other people. We cannot be perfect in every aspect of our lives. Unless, you are Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, etc…you get my point, right?
    Now, here is another food for thought issue I have; sometimes, I want to say something “negative” but I don’t want to be hurtful, etc. and that hesitancy bothers me. I will write comments on a blog,mentioning that I love this, that or the other thing, but sometimes, I wish I could say, in a nice way, WHY did you paint that, or something similar, but I don’t want to bum out the blogger. I totally understand we all tend to focus on the negative, but it is something that sometimes bugs me as a follower on blogs- I always think about Thumper and his Mother, If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. Good advice, but sometimes, I would like to say, in all honestly, nah, wish you hadn’t painted that, what were you thinking, etc. just like a friend might. Am I being clear? I think we have all run into the problem of communicating by email-we don’t interact face to face so we can’t see how our words might be misunderstood. Perhaps, sometimes people aren’t trying to be hurtful. If they are really trying to be hurtful, don’t waste your time, because that is their issue and problem. However, just maybe, they might be trying to be “helpful” which I think you alluded to in your post. You did confess you are too hard on yourself and that is the more important issue at hand. I do it too. So many of us do. Negative self talk and focus is not productive. Sometimes, I know I am my own worst enemy. Which, is another reason I am writing this rambling post for you…if someone is being mean on purpose, that is THEIR problem. The only person you can change is yourself and maybe, you can take the high road and think that maybe, they have something that they are awkwardly trying to help you with, or they feel comfortable to say something to you. What do you think?
    Now, I could just delete this less than stellar piece of writing, or I can choose to publish and try to connect…what am I going to do????

  • Mary Nickels at

    Do not define your self worth by or hang your hat on the absolutely ridiculous comments by a reader. Honestly, where on earth are they coming from? Really? “Rudeness is a weak man’s imitation of strength” They have indeed, proved themselves to be very tiny and extremely weak. Picking on someone from a blog they must obviously enjoy reading. Get real people. Walk in kindness and compassion. You do not know the events of a person’s day, where their heart is and how deeply your wounded self ego can do damage to others. Michael, your soul is all good. What else is there?

  • Melissa at

    Michael, I commented previously after those people had made those comments on your last post. It really, really, really bothered me to see that too. You were in New York on an exciting vacation and the last thing you need to read are comments on some silly critiquing of your spelling. If people want read articles or ‘posts’ with perfect spelling etc. then go read some scholarly articles elsewhere. Your blog is a place for fun and creativity. Some people just feel important by finding a way to critique others who exemplify amazing talents.

    โ€œOur deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.โ€™ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. Thereโ€™s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people wonโ€™t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. Itโ€™s not just in some of us; itโ€™s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As weโ€™re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.โ€
    โ€“Marianne Williamson

  • Paula Sue at

    If spelling and grammar are your worst faults, then, young man, you have it made! Unfortunately, there are mean, bitter and selfish people in this world. They just don’t like to see others happy and are just waiting to knock you off your feet. In fact, those who criticized you have faults, no doubt, we all do! You just keep on doing what you do because you make me and lots of other people happy every day. Don’t you change a single thing!

  • mjla2007 at

    As long as I can understand your point of view, I don’t care about commas and periods. Many people speak grammatically incorrect and IMO would be rude to stop them. Keep up your chin and the good work!

  • Anonymous at

    Perfect …well said!

  • Mary Richmond at

    Your charm and spirit definitely come through in your writing Michael. Love your blog!

  • Patty at

    Michael, I’m so sorry that you had to deal with bad manners and insensitive idiots. How rude! I guess they can walk on water, hmmm? I have never noticed anything in your blog that someone could criticize, but I’m not looking for that either. I’m looking for inspiration! ideas! creativity! And you have all that. You seem like a really cool guy, one that I wish lived down the street, so we could be friends, get together to junk and create. Don’t lose another minute’s peace due to their bad upbringing, poor choices, and lack of etiquette ! You are awesome and don’t you forget it !

    And to those of you who left the bad comments: SHAME ON YOU !

  • Dana at

    I’m so sorry that you had to deal with this, especially during a very exciting adventure! I’m not your English teacher and grammar/punctuation error hunting is not what I come to your wonderful blog to look for anyway! I come to enjoy your amazing creative style. And that, sir, you have in spades. Thank you for sharing your life on your blog.

  • Finding Home at

    Michael, your writing is not something you should criticize of yourself. That was so perfectly stated, real and from the heart. There is not a single blog that I read for it’s perfect punctuation – including yours. I read because of the content and the person behind them. No apologies needed.

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    Do your thing your way, M! The delete button is there for a reason. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Dotty at

    What? You’re not perfect? Well you are not alone. You do a wonderful job and I am amazed at your talent for making your words speak inspiration. I thought Blogs were for informal communication – not necessarily subject to critical proofreaders. They should stick to correcting newspaper and magazine articles. Keep up the great work!

  • Krista at

    Love this! Best blog post yet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Melanie at

    Hey Michael, I’m sorry you’ve gotten some rude comments. We all have our flaws and things we will never be GOOD at. So your spelling and grammar aren’t perfect – big deal. I love your blog, your design ideas, your personality that shines through your posts, and your sense of humor. You seem like a great guy – keep your chin up!

  • Harriet at

    Just call me the unofficial president of your fan club! I’m always eager to read what you’ve written about all the amazing and creative things you’ve been up to. When you write, your charming warmth and friendliness come shining through. I can’t imagine that you have a “self esteem” problem with all the talents you have and your people skills and good heart. You make each of us feel that you’re our friend, and that makes me smile, Michael! Please file any negative comments in the “round file” aka trash can, and get on about the business of being wonderful YOU! Love you lots, Harriet in NC

  • Shari Smith at

    As I often tell my daughter, those who feel the need to criticize others, especially in a public forum, typically do so because of their own problems, not yours. You know, the whole “put you down so I look better” syndrome. Unfortunately, those who subscribe to that philosophy seldom recognize that they are in fact the ones who end up looking ridiculous, not the one they are pinpointing.

    Elphaba much? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    Michael. I had to take a deep breath before posting. This makes me raging mad. Because honestly? You are a friend and I’m protective of friends. And I want to drop kick some people. You are a blogger. And you run a business. And yet you still take time to create and share.

    So when people say things about hashtags, I think they need to get a life. I mean, honestly?

    And I write for a living. And writers have editors. Bloggers don’t. So you just cannot expect perfection from bloggers. It isn’t fair. If you spent all that time worrying about punctuation and hashtags, you wouldnt have time to make a living, create or share.

    So brush that garbage off your shoulders. The criticizers only come out when they are jealous. So take it as a compliment. And keep up the awesome work. Haters gonna hate.

  • slip4 at

    Michael, I have no desire to read a blog written by someone who thinks they are perfect (depressing!) You are warm and funny and super talented but humble. Very appealing and that is why people follow you. Looking forward to reading about your trip!

  • Gabriela at

    Oh Michael how perfectly awful that some insensitive crass slob would have the nerve to post such a comment in such an inappropriate and thoughtless manner. I wish I could take the embarrassment and bad feelings away. You are an upright, intelligent, keenly creative, talented, elegant, well spoken, sincere, and delightful human being. I love you – I love the person you are and I deeply admire your accomplishments, your endeavors, your numerous successes, your struggles, and your style. You have a heart of gold and I feel so protective of you that I wish I could make it all better for you. I’m even impressed by your well penned post addressing this rude and thoughtless act. You, my friend, stand head and shoulders above the rest. You are a good citizen! Stand tall and stand proud.

  • Angela at

    Well said! Who cares if you messed up a hashtag, there are SO many things that are more important than that. Give yourself a break and be thankful for all the things that you DO rock at!

  • Shannon at

    I like you just the way you are.

  • Paul Browning - The Artsider at

    I know I rarely comment on your blog Michael but I read and enjoy every single post. I haven’t even noticed what you feel are your shortcomings. Don’t fret over grammar or spelling or the like. It’s the tone of your work and the story you unfold that hooks us in. To the point where no one notices or cares about the other stuff. I understand the perfectionist streak, I see it in myself, so I don’t underestimate it. And it’s easier for me to say, enjoy the imperfections than it is to practice lol but I do mean it. There’s not one of us who read your blog who can claim to be perfect. Those who write anything critical of you should perhaps work on improving themselves. You’re a hard working, determined, generous and witty man. I wish i lived closer too, I’d love to meet you in person. As Barney from How I Met Your Mother says, BE AWESOME. Px

  • Ellie Maggie at

    I’ve never ever commented on your blog Michael, but I’ve followed it for quite some time now. Why? Because I adore your style of writing, I drink in everything you ‘say’ because it’s so interesting to me and refreshingly different from any other blogs I follow. I’m from the UK and LOVE to hear all about your little inn, your projects, how American life is for you, etc. When I’ve finished reading one of your posts, I want the next one to pop up below it, I’m so impatient for the next one to arrive in my inbox! Do I care if typo errors are made? Do I heck as like, no!! Because to me, your style of typing is as though you’re talking to me, and me alone. I very much doubt that the negative people would have the nerve to say those things face-to-face, so my little suggestion is this – just sweep them under the carpet and they’re gone for good!!
    Ellie Maggie x

  • tamdoll at

    I was so excited to read that you were heading to NYC, having been there myself a week ago, I was looking forward to hearing about the things you did & was glad to read that first line that you thought it was an amazing time!

    As for the rest of it, I just want to support you and encourage all the great things you do here online. I know if I write while mobile I get all sorts of typos or auto-corrections that make no sense (like writing “blob” instead of “blog” here in my very first comment to you – I was mortified when I saw that – too late!)

    Forget about blaming devices, nobody is perfect and I wish more folks would be considerate when leaving comments online. I hope you can put aside the rudeness of others and just continue on as always!

  • Laurie from Amish Country at

    Misery loves company… don’t let them get to you. The grammar and all around “you made a mistake” police are indeed not perfect in every way themselves. No one is. Good Lord, to err is human…to nit pick on others is just bullying. Keep up the good work Michael, and if people do not care for your style of writing or a boo boo here and there….no one is forcing them to read it or follow along with it. I agree that the comment section is not the place to publicly humiliate the author of the blog…like I said that is bullying and just rude…the grammar police and perfectionists may want to take a class on etiquette.
    This is the third post I read this week where people have left demeaning and rude comments on a blog, especially by people who leave their name anonymous and hide behind their computer to write comments that can be hurtful and hateful. Not only is that bad manners, but cowardly. Ok…I’m off my soapbox now. I just feel passionate for bloggers to keep blogging and sharing because I have learned so much from people like you that are creative and inspiring. We shouldn’t have to walk on eggshells every time we write on our blog that someone will be offended or nit pick on our style of writing and sharing. It is what makes us all unique.
    Have a great day and happy blogging!
    ~Laurie from Amish Country

  • Kim at

    I really enjoy your blog. You have such great ideas. Remember that no one is perfect. I like reading blogs where people are real and do not try to be perfect. Be yourself and try not to care what other people think. That is something I am trying really hard to work on. You make a lot of people happy with your blog. Thanks for all your hard work with the blog and for sharing your fantastic ideas with us.

  • Jennifer Watkins-Jones at

    I enjoy reading your blog and seeing how far you have come in the last two years! You are amazing and quite and encouragement!. There will always be someone to criticize and insult. Unfortunately it is a character of human nature. Have fun on the remainder of your NY trip. I know it is the adventure of a lifetime!!

  • DecorandtheDog at

    Dude. I’ve been struggling with the bad apples myself these past couple of weeks. I had a feature on a very large site. Awful things were written about me and my home. It hurt a lot at first (still hurts, just less). I know we put ourselves out there and we do so in a “we’re awesome” fashion but no one wants to read a blog by someone who is all like “This is my project. It’s okay-ish.”

    I enjoy watching my blog grow but I also kind of miss the safety net of lovely blog readers instead of then new jerk wads that are reading. Wait, did I just type that.

  • Danielle at

    Just be yourself Michael, flaws and all…it is why we can all relate to you…just so you know, as a college educator my daughter will sometimes refer to me as the ‘grammar nazi’…that may be so…only with her…with other people..and as an educator…I realize there are individuals who have difficulty with grammar…not because they are any less educated about it….it is just because that is how they are wired (like some people just can’t get math…like me…I may teach at the college level but many would be surprised that I can’t multiply…who needs multiplication in Psychology anyway)…many times these individuals are magnificent creative geniuses….and if truth be told…I would much rather be a creative soul than a grammar whiz…just be yourself Michael and leave the rest to their petty jealousies.

  • Danielle at

    P.S. Love the new header!!!

  • Cath Anderson at

    I really enjoy your blogs, Michael. They are a joy to read – you light up the world. Don’t change!

  • Bernadette at

    Gosh, I NEVER post but feel this deserves one. I have to add that I think the Internet seems to give people “license” for bad behavior. They seem to say things that they’d never have the guts to say in “real life” but use this space to spew. I find it SO rude! Hey, if I don’t like something you do, I move on – and, here’s another simple thought …. UNSUBSCRIBE! Why get so mean? Your post made me curious so I HAD to root around to see who did this to you and, no surprise, they posted under “anonymous” now, why does that not surprise me! Do not let sad, weak people get to you, I know, easier said than done! This person(s) is just spineless and in “real life” you wouldn’t give them a second thought. Brush them off like dandruff and have a GREAT weekend!

  • Dee at

    Michael, I was so sad to read this. What a rude thing to do. You should not give this another thought! You were on a working-vacation….I am surprised you had time to write anything. I love your blog. PLEASE don’t let this get to you. As the song goes, “you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself!” Have a happy day!!

  • Anonymous at

    Ok I had to comment, and this is coming from an English teacher: correct grammar usage, punctuation, etc. is all well and good, but one of the most important aspects of writing (in my opinion)is voice and you are so, so good at that! It’s totally unique–like a fingerprint. Obviously the vast majority of us love your voice! And we’re not even talking about the great content you write about. And honestly, the random typo or whatnot is not a big deal.

    When people write rude things in comments it says a lot more about them than whatever it is they’re criticizing. You have a lot of talent and maybe it makes them feel like a bigshot to be able to offer “advice” or to criticize. Who knows? Or maybe they’re just crazy. Lol!

    Anyway, I think you’re awesome, and I love what you do!

  • Elena at

    Michael, your blog brings me so much joy. Your kind soul spills over and we can all feel it. That’s why we come back everyday.
    We’d all love to be your “real” friend. That’s what you do. I hope you can see that. You inspire. Your blog name is truly a perfect fit. Let it roll off your back. You’ve created something here that not everyone can do and some people unfortunately cannot handle that. They come here and see the beauty in what you do and cannot measure up. So, they lash out. Envy is sad thing to have. Don’t be hurt by a few insensitive people’s words. There are so much more of us who appreciate you for you. Chin up.


  • Anonymous at

    The response is overwhelming, but I have to add my two cents’ worth. I agree with what many others have said above – you’re terrific as you are! You are writing a blog and clearly it is loved by many. I don’t care about typos or grammar in this forum. This is by nature a place for you to generously share your photos, ideas, thoughts, etc. for us to read, enjoy and adopt. If your critics are bothered by less than perfect grammar or typos, then I advise them to not read it. I think you’re fabulous.

  • Syvil at

    This is why I keep coming back daily. You are a human being with feeling & thoughts. I lose interest in the blogs that become to scripted. I agree with everything you said & want to Thank You for being you!

  • RaNaeLuvsEwes at

    Hi Michael I am a very new follower of yours I think I found you through Tracy Porter’s pinboards anyways I love your site and all you do and share I am new really new to twitter so I don’t know about messing up the hashtag and I don’t care about the rest what I care about is the love and energy and passion you put out there-in all you share it inspires me and makes me happy I mean gosh look at your your great spirit just feaking shines through like a sunbeam and I want more of that in my life.
    your post is great you handled yourself with tact and grace- Kuddoos and I would like to give you a cyber hug((((squeeze))))
    Keep on Keeping on and Stop by sometime
    Ewe Creek Cottage – you’ll obviously see I need you lol.

  • Colette at

    Hi Michael,
    You know that I absolutely ADORE you. Love your style, love your attitude, love your talent, love you!!!


    Sending a big virtual hug your way.

    Looks like you had a FAB time in NYC. Enjoyed following you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ever Blooming Originals

  • Angela @ Cottage Magpie at

    Good Lord. If perfection is the bar that we are supposed to be attaining, then I should pack up shop and throw in the towel and whatever other metaphor I can come up with. Like, now! Because, I mean, really.

    Never ever say you can’t write, because this post was eloquent and well written, and I was cheering for you the whole time.

    Maybe this is a good thing — you’ve officially hit a certain level of success, right? To get negative comments (even though they suck). I haven’t gotten one yet. I’m jealous! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    For realz, though — don’t take it to heart. Some people’s momma’s didn’t raise them right. For every nay-sayer there’s literally (literally!!) thousands of people who love you. You’re creative, talented and completely 100% authentic. We all love you!!!



  • at

    Hi Michael,
    I read the comment and thought the timing & forum were both poor choices. I personally think that what makes you & your blog so likeable & popular, is that you write from your heart, we don’t want your personality edited out. Don’t worry about the grammer police, they only live in the shadows, and tend to disappear in the light.


  • Amanda at

    People who criticize are usually just unhappy with something in their own lives. You are brave to put yourself out here in the name of doing what you love. It’s clear that you challenge yourself to bring fresh and valuable content to your blog. As long as you’re doing the best you can, ignore the critics. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brigitte at

    Michael, there’s an old Sandra Boynton drawing entitled “Don’t Let the Turkeys Get You Down”. That’s what the negative commenters are – turkeys and jealous of your talents to boot! Your blog is wonderful, as are your talents. Please don’t let any of this affect your creativity or posting style!

  • Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil at

    I just went back and read those comments, and they sound like the same person writing in each one. You are amazing, and I truly feel sorry for somebody that would spend their time bringing negativity into somebody else’s space. That is a sad life to live.

    I can’t wait to hear more about your adventures in NYC! So thrilling!

  • Anonymous at

    I’ve been following your blog for a couple of months now and I truly look forward to it each day. I’m just sick that a comment made you feel badly. Please forget the negative comment and get back to showing us beautiful plants to plant in creative containers, cakes to bake, rooms to decorate, recipes to make and the adventures of running the Inn and of your life. I can’t wait to hear about NYC!

  • StarSpry at

    Well said, Michael! I’m sorry you’ve received a few hurtful comments. I think you blog is wonderful and very inspirational. I look forward to reading your posts and seeing what new ideas you have to share ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous at

    Only three comments were made with what seems like good intentions and this is what the backlash becomes? A few people said that your grammar was bad and all these people here have the audacity to post things about said people saying that they are crass slobs, etc? That is unbelievably rude to say of a stranger.

    I hope that all of these people saying such unkind things about strangers commenting on your grammar make you feel better about yourself. I am offended and will not be back.

  • Bernadette at

    Sorry! Just have to say this – seems like you had rid yourself of Ms. Rude – looking at comment #74. Funny how people twist what they do and say ….. and all anonymously! If he/she wanted to be truly anonymous, why post here and not PRIVATELY?!!!
    Is this a form of what they call “Cyber Bullying” And, lady, RUDE IS RUDE nomatter how you spin it! Not nice to have the tables turned huh?

  • Donna S at

    No one is perfect!!!! I like YOU just the way you are….keep your head up and don’t let the turkeys get you down…

  • Anonymous at

    I love your blog.
    It sounds like jealousy to me.
    Keep up the good work.

  • Patti at

    Love your blog… love your pinterest boards too.

    There are people who say things without thinking. Please don’t let that stop you from being “Awesome”

  • Michelle at

    Holly Molly no one is perfect.

    Love your blog…love your boards on Pinterest.

    As I tell my boys do the best that you can. In the end thats all that really matters.

    Looking forward to hearing about your trip to the Big Apple.

  • Anonymous at

    Looks like this was all a nice way to build your self esteem! Poor you. Take some criticism.

    I won’t be following anymore.

  • Amanda at


    I came across you on Pinterest and have come to look forward to your Pins, as well as your blog posts. Please continue to be yourself…you brighten up the internet!


    “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
    – Mahatma Gandhi

  • Suze at

    Your blog and Pinterest are a must for me,,isn’t it interesting how some people can’t be nice no matter how much you give them! Keep doing what you are doing and try not to let the downers get to you, they are outnumbered by all of us happy, charming guests!

  • Anonymous at

    Who cares if your grammer is correct, your pictures are KILLER!!
    Love your blog!

  • jo at

    Ok, naturally, after reading this, I went back and read the criticisms. All I have to say is, “Good grief”. Do these people have nothing more important than this?? The fact of the matter is this – it’s YOUR blog. You can write any darn thing you want. You can be as correct as you want to be. If anyone has a problem with that, they can stop reading. I am appalled that people would even thing of pointing out errors in grammar. Ignore them. And I have to agree with the one that pointed out how one of the people complaining didn’t even use correct grammar herself. That was very funny.

  • Anonymous at

    Oh people, it’s a blog!! Like a casual, friendly conversation with a good buddy. There is no need to even worry about having perfect grammar or spelling, we catch your WONDERFUL, INTERESTING, CHARMING drift even with an occasional typo! I read many blogs regularly and they all have their share of typos, grammar errors, etc. You aren’t writing a speech for the president! Sheesh! Lighten up people! You have one serious fan here just the way you are ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah Jeanne Yardeni at

    I think your perfect! (ps – i totally realize that it should be you’re, but i typed it that way first and decided to leave it that way to annoy all the haters out there). Get a life people! Your blog is amazing and who cares about a little bad spelling and grammatical errors? I’d rather get more of your great inspiration than see you waste time re-reading and editing. I feel sorry for the people who feel the need to post this criticism – I’m sure they’re not half as successful and amazing as you. But instead they are probably sitting all alone at an unorganized desk in an ugly room convinced that they’re better than everyone else. Ok, now this is turning into a rant, but this made me angry because I love what you do! Just remember, you ARE perfect because you are you!

  • Michelle @ Sweet Something Design at

    Michael, I had to come out of resting from chemo for this one! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m pretty sure I’ve never even noticed any mistakes, and if there are, who cares. I think you do a great job and love how far you’ve come.


  • triple s at

    I recently started following your blog. I think your content and voice is very charming, informative and inspiring. Thanks for sharing and keep up the awesome work!

  • Kiki at

    I’ve been following your blog for a long time and just felt the need to jump in here and give you a virtual pat on the back. Don’t ever apologize for not being perfect because guess what, none of us are! I, for one, am in awe of your success and I think you’ve done an amazing job and have earned every last bit of it. Who cares if you transpose a couple letters or splice a comma every now and then? Everyone makes mistakes. If those are your worst transgressions then I say you aren’t doing so shabby ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kristina at

    I’ve been following for awhile but never usually comment. These sort of people that point these things out, they really upset me. As a blogger, the one thing I’m always worried about is the fact that someone isn’t going to understand something the way I write it. But one of my other bloging friends pointed something out that stays with me….This is YOUR blog, that means you get to write what, when, where, and however you choose to. I personally love your blog and will continue to follow until you decide to stop =)

  • Christy Sheets at

    Love your blog, love seeing your projects, and love reading your writing because you are real. I do not understand why people want to be mean either but don’t let them get you down! Please keep doing what you are doing because your readers/followers like you just the way you are!!!

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  • Lisa at

    I know that this post is nearly two years after everyone else, but…
    This was the first time I visited your site, I found you on Pinterest. The pin that brought me here was your Charm Quilt, (It’s beautiful, by the way…) I have been going over your site for two days now, just lookin’, seein’ what’s here…this & that. I can honest tell you that you are interesting. When I saw your “I’m Not Perfect”, I knew I just had to read it, and I would like to say to the rude people out there, “Get a Life already!!” I’m so glad that there are perfect people out there that can justify their criticism.(I know I’m being an ass, but hey…) This may be the only way they can feel good, by criticising other people, by knit pickin’ anything at all.
    People, lighten up already. Things like this can de more hurtful than you realize. All people don’t show inner pain the same way, If you find fault with ANYTHING, either go on and overlook it, or get the h*#l out.
    Thank you for “listening”, and for what I’ve seen so far, Thank you for everything you share. Keep on doin’ like you’re doin’!!
    Lisa in Alabama

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