I Hate Your Avatar!

Welcome to the first of what will likely be MANY posts in this category: Douchebag Awards. Anyone who produces content for public consumption will no doubt have to deal with their fair share of ridiculous requests, harsh criticisms, and hurtful/hateful commentary. You quickly learn NOT to feed the trolls! Responding to these people with aggression or *gasp* logic, only serves to give them a sick satisfaction while making your life a living hell. Remember that old saying? “Never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and the pig likes it.” So what I’ll do here is post the person’s comment, followed by my actual response (if I gave one). Then I’ll give the response I really wanted to give, but decided against. Yeah, this should be fun and therapeutic!

The Douchebag

I, REALLY, wish you would change your profile picture on the Woodworker channel! When I have your webpage open, I have these buggy eyes looking at me — it is irritating! I like your videos; and, since I have have watched so many on YouTube, every time I open YouTube, there is your picutre on my main screen suggesting videos you have made. I, actually, get annoyed opening YouTube because I recognize I am going to have your buggy eyes on my screen! (I, also, think it would add some professionalism to your website if you had a more respectable picture.) So, if it isn’t too much trouble, I, personally, would very much appreciate a new look! Thank you very much!!!

My Response

Well, you’ll be happy to know I did change the picture, primarily because it was well overdue. Unfortunately, this picture might annoy you too. I like to have fun with my avatars so there might be numerous versions in the future that you don’t like. Going with a boring corporate logo just isn’t my style.

What I Really Think

So this one is rather tame. But on a Sunday morning, something like this just disturbs my serenity bubble. I guess that’s what I get for checking my email on the weekend.

Here’s what this guy is actually talking about. I highlighted an example of the size and location of the image. Now I’ll be the first to admit that my picture is a little unsettling and most people would be a little weirded out by it. That’s what makes it so great!! But if you are SO bothered by that little thumbnail that it begins to impact your overall enjoyment of YouTube as a whole, perhaps “disturbed” really is a good word for you! With all the social media and content sites I visit on a daily basis, I see more than a few avatars that annoy me. I just can’t imagine having the audacity to email the person to ask them to change it. Maybe that’s just me.

The other thing about the comment that makes me laugh is the attempt to appeal to my need for professionalism. Thanks for the sound business advice YouTube guy! Where should I send the consultation fee? One of things that makes The Wood Whisperer special is the fact that it is NOT perfect or politically correct. Over the years, our videos, merchandise, and website have certainly become much more polished and I do pride myself on delivering a high quality product. But the heart, the humor, and the humanity is all still very much intact. If I ever lose those things, I give you all permission to kick me in the balls.

I once received an email from a lady on Facebook complaining that my recent mention of “menstrual cycles” was the last straw. Whoops! Ultimately, I realize that my off-color humor may not be for everyone. But seriously, there are plenty of woodworking resources out there that are completely devoid of personality, humor, and life. I would be an absolute moron to try to complete on the level of pure information. My only competitive edge in this industry (and the only reason The Wood Whisperer exists), is because of the humorous, irreverent, human, and sometimes self-deprecating spin. And much like any good joke, some won’t get it, some will be offended, but many will LOVE it. You have to break some eggs if you want to make an omelet.

15 thoughts on “I Hate Your Avatar!

  1. Can I plus 10 this? As a former website owner I can sympathize with you on the number of people that just demand everything their way and after years of trying to resolve everyone’s “needs” I just gave up. Just keep doing what you do Marc and do it the way you want. Remember it’s your site and your happiness that matters so what if a few people complain let them find what they want somewhere else.

  2. Some people just have no sense of humor… or, moreover, they don’t appreciate that not everyone else has THEIR sense of humor.
    Now that that’s said, Marc, the background on TWW website offends me… could you change it to a nice solid tope or, perhaps, a mauve as those are much more appealing colors? I really appreciate it… oh, & while you’re at it, you should only use either papyrus or comic sans as the font for your posts. See, I’m not demanding… I’m giving you the CHOICE of one or the other.
    Seriously though, thanks, Marc, for all you do & for all you put up with.

  3. That is almost sad, the point that one person can amass that much douche-ness in one human lifetime to the amount that to waste our vital oxygen lurks the planet to find the time, energy and execution of sending an email about a stinkin’ avatar… Wow. My life is now shorter in experiencing it and being forced to drop levels of humanity and comment on it… Oh the insanity of it all LOL…..

    • Yeah and I’m adding to the suckage by bringing attention to it, lol. But venting about these things does make me feel better, lol.

  4. I think I might create a blog like this just so that I can vent on issues like this. Then again I can always comment here and achieve the same serenity. Great post Marc. I had a guy once complain about my choice of music playing on the shop stereo during a shot. I rewatched the segment and it was one really long shot that had been editing into several clips. During the 3 minute final shot the radio played The Smiths, Metallica, Harry Connick Jr., Mozart, and Billy Joel. Hmmm, not sure what I could do to make that guy happy!

  5. Those arn’t real? I have been giving to the large eye telethon for the cure of large eyes, so far they have cured puppys and kittens (when was the last time you saw one of those paintings only still at grandmaw house) you look just like every woodworker dose when they get there first table saw
    more dust

  6. Keep doing what you are doing dude.
    Your stuff as a whole is one of the greatest things to happen to the woodworking community in a long, long time.
    And I say thanks.

  7. Personally, I have to agree with the request. And just to hopefully sway you to grow more “professional” in your approach and delivery of content, I’d just like to add this one comment:

    You should hone your professionalism in attire, script your video, shave, and attempt to bring a “corporate norm” to your client-facing side of business.

    This way, you’ll have nothing differentiating you from anyone else, shortly be out of business, and that guy will have nothing to complain about. Think of it as your little contribution to him not having anything in his life to whine about, and his pursuit of happiness (= ‘everyone should be like me’).


  8. Probably same douche “Scott” that complained about Sean’s heating choice for his Well-Equiped Workshop. Some just look past all the good to find that one little piece to have an issue with and criticize. Keep up the good work and the wonderful sense of humor.

  9. what a set of brass tacks, I love your humor, and even though I think that Norm is a person hero of mine you are a very close second. Love the site keep it cool and catch you on the flip side.

  10. Marc,

    Just thought I would let you know that due to your humor, irreverence and general tom foolery, you have become the only wood working videos I watch when my wife is around. She even requests your videos from time to time which is HUGE! (All the other videos she uses to fall asleep…)

    I have downloaded a ton of the wood whisperer videos to my home server so we can watch them on the big screen in the living room and she has started to look forward to new episodes.

    Keep up the good work! perhaps if you change your avatar and make the eyes bigger, you can get rid of an unwanted critic. 🙂

  11. That’s hilarious! I got into woodworking after watching one of your videos. I think I always had an inclination towards it but your videos nudged me in that direction…and it was definitely your video style. I’m in IT and am studying engineering so kind of a nerd but a cool one <- lol.

    I appreciate the sarcasm, brainy, sciency, nerdy, joysey spin you put on it. If you get your own show in the future, I'm sure there will be some one telling you to tone it down. I think that would be a huge mistake unless you get butt loads of cash..j/k.

    Keep up the good work.

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