I don’t think that passage you offered before was necessarily short or distant by any means. And as for your take on music journalism - you have to start somewhere, right? Reviewing music based on sounds and feelings - music, something ripe with noise and emotion - can’t be totally devoid of credit, can it?
Worst that could happen is someone dismisses what you’ve said because they perceive you as being inexperienced or inconsistent in your critique. And with the climate of music reviewers out there right now, I don’t think there’s many out there who have a lot of grounds in shaming anyone (because some of these reviews have been petty, short-sighted drivel and you’re surely better by at least being honest in your approach).
Y’know, what you just said reminded me of a quote about music journalism - “Music journalism is telling people who can’t read about people who can’t read, written by people who can’t read.” - an obvious exaggeration, but I’ve been doing review stuff for long enough to realise that yes, people have to start somewhere, and therefore it’s worth learning not to give a toss about a complete stranger’s opinion over something as inconsequential as music.
However, my issue is that I suddenly become quite self-conscious when I start getting to know other people. I can do a public presentation in front of strangers. In front of people I know and respect, that’s when it becomes harder, and it’s the same when I write. But that’ll come in time