For All To See

Writing publicly is a great way to keep yourself honest, because you will write things badly–or you will write bad things–for everyone to see. If you’re lucky, some readers will tell you where you’ve missed the mark. And then you get better.

I’ve spent much of life trying to avoid making mistakes or, at least, making the kinds of mistakes that only a few people will see. But I’ve been blogging five times a week for months now, and now I’ve started recording a podcast–both unrestrained public communication platforms. For what it’s worth, I’ve been preaching for a decade, and I have a public SoundCloud page with a dozen or so of my sermons on it.

I’m defaulting to public with the work I produce. When you do that, you make your mistakes in front of large crowds. Many in those crowds will be generous friends and colleagues and partners who will neither torch you nor flatter you but push you to improve, either because they care or because your work bears on their work too. Criticism of both those types is better than the silence that comes from keeping your work to yourself.

Make mistakes. In public. Then fix them. Apologize when you should. And keep at it. Improve.

For. All. To. See.