Earlier this week, I had a short Twitter conversation with Carlos Whittaker, who is ” an artist, pastor, thinker, experience architect, and Web 2.0 junkie.” (from the About page of his blog) Here’s how it went:
I get what he’s saying about great content. I know that “content is king.” But I’m self-aware enough to know that sometimes my posts are sub-par. And this extends beyond blogging.
Every Sunday morning, I stand up in front of our church and preach. Some days when I’m done, I think, “Yep- nailed it. Knocked that one out of the park.” But there are other days when it goes so poorly, I don’t even want to look people in the eye as they’re leaving the building. I’d rather just crawl under my desk and hide until they’re gone.
Whether it’s blogging or preaching or parenting or just being a good citizen, I give it my best. Some days my best is a 10. Some days my best is a 5.
And I’m ok with that.
I think we have to be, for a couple of reasons. One is that I think it’s dishonest to only let people see you at your absolute best. I want my friends to see that cold sore on my lip, or to know that the funky smell in the car was my fault. That’s part of building relationships with people, right? Letting your guard down? Being genuine with them? Letting them see you warts and all?
If I only hit “Publish” when it’s a 10, I’m lying to you. If I only show you the stuff that’s perfect and put together and flawless, you’re seeing a facade, and that’s dishonest.
I also think we have to be willing to fall short because people are counting on us. I don’t mean this arrogantly- I certainly don’t think this blog is changing the world- but the people who read it on a regular basis are counting on me to post a couple times a week. My church is counting on me to preach three times a week. My kids, my wife, my friends- they count on me to be there when I’m supposed to be. Sure, I have a responsibility to be prepared and give it my best, but again- some days, my best is a 5, but I still show up.
So I’m gonna keep blogging and preaching and telling stories and drawing pictures. Sometimes it’ll be great, sometimes it’ll be mediocre, but I’m gonna do it anyway.
Whether it’s a 10 or not.
Tell me what you think in the comments section.