I read this great post on copyblogger about dealing with criticism, written by Johnny B. Truant. Here's an excerpt:
One of the most interesting lessons I learned about blogging happened in the basement of a Swiss pub on Christmas Eve.
Back in 1999, my brother and I went to visit our sister in Switzerland. Somehow, we all ended up in this basement room at a pub in Interlaken with some locals. For some reason, the lights started going on and off, and I caught this look on my sister’s face. There had been some groping during one of the dark intervals.
I went up to the offender and said, “Hey. You’re going to need to keep your hands to yourself.”
And he, quite drunk, puffed up and stared into my eyes. He said, “What are you going to do about it, friend? You’re a long way from home.”
Find out what he did by following the above link, and see how this incident taught him skills to handle online critics.
Criticism can be hard to deal with, especially when people get personal and attack me, the writer. No longer are we discussing the pros and cons of my writing, suddenly I'm being forced into defending my honor. It makes me furious when people imply that I'm a moron or an airhead, or even worse. Come on people, can't you be a little creative, or intelligent, and criticize my opinions or writing skill, rather than whether I'm "too stupid to know what she's trying to say"?
What can I do? Fight back, or not respond at all? How do I handle rude or outright nasty critics on-line without getting into a tit-for-tat, "no you're the dummy," "no you're the dummy," argument?
Read Johnny B. Truant's post and get some great advice.