Take yourself too seriously
When you get the advice, as I’m sure at some point all of you have, to “not take yourself too seriously”, it’s seldom specified exactly what is meant by this. Is it that you should not be too hard on yourself, that you should be able to laugh when something goes wrong, or that you should see your own doings from the point of other’s, where it simply doesn’t matter all that much? I don’t know, because the advice is rarely followed up with an explanation of what the person actually means. It has become sort of like a meme without any real content, or at least with a lot of different interpretations, much akin to the trite statement that “we only use 10% of our brains”. I’ve never even bothered to start debating with people saying this, because most hasn’t even defined for themselves what they mean by it. It’s like arguing against someone who claims that “muchmont bleff humbaluggo”. Yes, it’s words, but they don’t mean anything.
Anyway, let me here and now tell you how I try to take myself very serious when it comes to writing this blog. Right now, I have about ten visitors each day, and about the tripple amount of RSS subscribers. If I would stop post, nobbody would wine about it. However, I’ve started to embrace the attitude towards my writing that it’s really important; treating it almost like a game where I pretend that I have a large audience that craves my writing like they crave air and food. This means that I take the site much more serious than what I really would have to do.
Now, note that this isn’t a case of ramping megalomania on my part. Rather, I’ve noticed that it’s easier for me to actually produce things and get it done if I pretend that they are much more important than they really are. Not taking this site too serious just gives me an excuse to neglect it, which in the end might lead to me not making good on my promise to post every day for the rest of the year, a goal I’ve set up mainly because I think it will benefit my own development and personal satisfaction, rather than it leading to a website that a massive amount of people will visit.
So, start taking yourself way too seriously. At least sometimes.