Did I just contradict myself?

So, the other day I looked up stats for my blog and noticed a few clicks on a post I’d written over a year ago. Felt good. Just that I didn’t even remember writing it! And the next logical question I asked myself was — is this thing (blogging everyday) even working?

There are two ways to look at it — qualitatively and quantitatively. (I hope you weren’t expecting anything else. Were you?) I’m doing a great job with the latter by showing up everyday and sharing a thought or an aspect that’s gotten my attention. It feels good and the right thing to do.

Qualitatively, I’m not too sure. Just being honest. I’ve come to believe that ‘quality’ lies in the eye of the beholder. What resonates with you may not with the other person reading this blog. I’m pretty sure not every post I publish is a masterpiece. I’d never intended them to be and I don’t care if they ever become one. And while that’s okay, it’s important to acknowledge that I’m a big believer in quality than quantity.

Wait. Did I just contradict myself?

Sort of, but you should hear me out. I believe quality should be the focus when other’s are relying on your output or contribution. Which means, if you don’t deliver things may fall apart. Or some disaster may happen. For example, that report or collateral or design you need to send to your boss or colleagues or present it to a client. You can’t afford to not focus on quality. Unless you like to starve yourself to death.

But if you’re also a budding creative — a writer, painter, illustrator, musician — focusing too much on quality can be a disaster. Because you quite well know that shipping that masterpiece will depend on your motivation, inspiration, focus, surroundings, coffee, and may be even the kind of underwear you’re wearing! That’s a lot of dependencies with absolutely nothing to show for.

That’s exactly why the best creatives out there would tell you to just focus on showing up everyday. Doing that will force you to create something on a daily basis and overtime you’ll not only create a body of work but start to create mini-masterpieces every now and then. And who knows, perhaps, someday one of your creations is acknowledged as a masterpiece!

As you can tell, this takes time. But it’s time spent in creating something instead of thinking about creating something, which is what most creatives end up doing. I didn’t want to be one of those as I’d already spent years thinking about posting those viral posts on my blog. Never happened. And I realised it’s never going to happen unless I start showing up everyday.

So, yes, I don’t remember titles of all the posts I’ve put up here but that’s okay. They’re still mine. My focus is to show up and share what’s on my mind. It’s my way of doing the work that I’m so passionate about — not writing, teaching. The former just happens to be a medium through which I teach.

If there’s one thing you should take away from this post, it’s this: practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice does. But getting there takes some practice.

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