Quick to faultfind and slow to praise. In 2008, I got my first unfavorable blog comment from someone who complained about my misspellings and lack of editing. They advised me to stop blogging entirely because I wasn’t being professional and paying attention to the little things. I felt terrible. It was the first unfavorable blog comment I’d ever gotten. My initial response was to either delete the comment or refrain from publishing at all. I considered quickly editing my blog post, removing the comment, and effectively hiding my flaw. I decide to post the comment instead, and I’m glad I did so today. After the unfavorable comment was posted, members of my community visited my blog post and offered support. In his 300-character response, the spelling police commenter made two grammatical and spelling mistakes of his own. I had forgotten about this particular fact. I first understood the power of the online community at that time.
I had been vindicated.
I Kan Spel Gud. A Story About Blogging, Life & Living.
The most commonly mis-spelled words on the Internet are words and topics I have never considered blogging about. The top three (in case you are wondering) are Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle and pay-per-view.
I believe in the presenting yourself in the best possible manner. I talk about the importance of job seeker branding and personal marketing, but perfection is over-rated. So forgive me if I make mistakes. It’s part of who I am, and if I’m okay with that so I hope you are too.
In 2004, I left a physically and emotionally abusive marriage. My now ex was a recovering alcoholic for whom I made excuses for. I supported him as his personal punching bag and sugar momma. My career was on the fast track. And yet for nearly 7 years, I played it safe trying to fix a relationship that was dysfunctional and broken. When I walked away I promised myself I would never do it again. I spent 7 years playing it safe instead of living my life. Editing the draft of my life instead of pushing play and moving forward. And it will never happen again.
I will never apologize for publishing a post too soon. My blog like myself is a constant work in progress. I’m willing to take that chance. If publishing a post means a mis-spelled word, a grammatical mis-step, or a run in with the homophone police, I’ll take my chances.
A blog is a metaphor for life. Because life is about risk. Don’t spend your life waiting, editing, or on hold. I’m okay with a level of imperfection. It’s what makes me, me.