From the Editor: About Thursday's Patch Picks
How an article about stylists generated angry mail, and how I plan to address it in the future.
See the bottom of the article for a top-five list based on readers' suggestions.
I’ve been doing this job for just under a year now, and I got more angry responses yesterday than in all the months combined since the site launched last July.
Clearly, I underestimated how much my readers care about their hair stylists.
Some of you called my Patch Picks column Thursday “pathetic.” One reader said I “slighted” some of the stylists I didn’t specifically mention, and several of you expressed exasperation at my inclusion of the detail that one stylist helped a local business owner clear a virus off of her computer.
Allow me to explain what happened.
I often ask readers for suggestions for Patch Picks. Usually, that request goes partially—if not completely—unheard.
Several weeks ago, I had to scrap my planned Patch Picks column because not one reader responded to my request for input.
In this case, I received more responses than I could handle. I knew that the request article had gotten a lot of attention, but I didn’t realize until I sat down to write the Patch Picks column Thursday that those responses were approaching triple digits.
That was at 1 p.m. Due to a pending Patch meeting in Boston and my 3 p.m. deadline, I had about 30 minutes to write the column—which is usually more time than I need.
It was not, however, enough time to tabulate all the responses in a scientific manner.
Some of you suggested that I didn’t read the entire thread, but I did. At the time, there were 90 responses, and I read each of them.
Knowing that I didn’t have the time to properly tabulate the votes, I instead looked for the comments with the most color. While not strictly hair related, I thought that the computer virus anecdote was colorful and, in the short timeline, worthy of note.
So, I apologize to each of you who thought that Thursday’s Patch Picks column gave short shrift to your favorite stylist. That was not my intent. My intent was to write a quick, light, fun article that touched on your responses.
In the future, I will list a deadline on my requests for input so that you know when I will stop accepting responses. I will also aim to sit down to this particular task when I have more time available.
I have heard your complaints. I apologize for not properly addressing your outpouring of support for local stylists, and please, continue to participate. Reading Patch works better when more people contribute to it.
I should be so lucky as to get this much participation from my readers each week.
Top Five Stylists in Reading (according to Reading Patch readers):
- Amy at Lumina Salon
- Stephanie at Em-Belle-Ish
- Ramonits at Lumina
- Jen at Em-Belle-Ish
- Tara at Em-Belle-ish
Order based on comments including only one stylist received by 8 a.m. Friday.