Chris Brogan’s Blog Topics Suck! You’re Welcome, Chris.
One of the questions raised by Joe was regarding the criticism I’ve received over Triberr. Chris also chimed in regarding the criticism he received for selling blog topics.
Chris mentioned that whenever he gets a bad review for his blog topics, his sign-ups spike up.
Turning Shit Into Gold
Since Dan and I started Triberr back in March, we’ve dealt with the fair amount of criticism and Joe wanted me to talk about how I really feel about it.
I said it then and I’ll say it again. I love criticism. Lot’s of really cool Triberr features have been developed as a direct response to criticism. So, bring on the criticism.
Beware of Pickpockets
Lot’s of things may seam counter-intuitive at first.
In London subway stations, police would routinely put up signs that say “Beware of Pickpockets”.
People seeing the sign would then unconsciously proceed to touch the pocket where they keep their wallet to ensure it’s where it’s supposed to be, inadvertently telegraphing the location of the wallet to the pickpockets observing at a distance.
So a post that was supposed to act as a deterrent (beware of pickpockets, Brogan sucks, Triberr is weird, etc.) ultimately has the opposite effect.
It is for this reason (and few others) that I embrace criticism.
How to deliver criticism
There are ways and then there are ways.
Many years ago, I’ve read something in an interview with one of my favorite boxers, George Foreman, that has stayed with me to this day. He said, and I paraphrase.
I refuse to work with people that tell me what I’ doing wrong. Instead, I only work with people who tell me HOW I can do something better.
That’s a whole different kind of ballgame, isn’t it? My grandpa always used to say:
I used to have opinions, but then I started doing shit.
Anyone can criticize. I know. I’ve done it. But it takes a deep kind of knowing to tell someone HOW to improve. It shows you understand what you’re criticizing, it shows that you’ve thought about the big picture, and perhaps most importantly, it shows that you care.
So next time you criticize, make sure you care.
We’ve all been on both ends of criticism. What do you make of all this?