The internet is a dark place. Let’s keep it that way.
In honor of my five-year anniversary with Nate, I wrote something on how I’ve managed to stay in a relationship.
Before this piece was published, I had a conversation with editor Ryan O’Connell about it. He correctly predicted people would leave mean comments since it’s written in second-person POV like a traditional how-to article. Because it’s not at all vague, readers wouldn’t be able to twist it around into something 100% relatable and thus worthy of reading.
I told him I was fine with receiving a slew of mean comments. While this piece is meant to be a love letter to my boyfriend, it’s also a joke about how-tos in general.
Thought Catalog is great at tapping into the psyches of their readers and publishing relatable stuff. But at the same time, it’s impossible to write a piece that will apply to everyone reading it. I think it’s really silly when people get bent out of shape about this. Like, I’m sorry you wasted two minutes of your time skimming through a piece of journalism and finding no nugget that spoke only to your specific situation? Maybe you’ll have better luck if you crack open a fortune cookie.
As such, I think it’s funny to publish something that, in its entirety, can be applied to literally only my relationship.
And anyway, it made my boyfriend giggle from beginning to end, so that’s good enough for me.