A Confidence Boost

Jonathan Malm - February 5, 2014

Most People Misunderstand What a “Good Idea” Is

Jonathan Malm - February 5, 2014

Your Greatest Success = Your Worst Criticism

Jonathan Malm - February 5, 2014

Each week I’ve begun writing one “funny post” for my two blogs, SeriesIdeas and WorshipSetIdeas. The goal of these posts is simply to provide some fun, highly shareable content for my readers. Normally the sites are devoted to ideas from other churches, but I knew there needed to be something more to get people excited about coming back.

So last week I crafted one of my favorite posts, “10 Signs Your Worship Team is Full of Divas”. It made me and my friends chuckle, so I hit publish. I actually got great response from it. It become one of my most viral posts on the site. So cool!

I was giddily watching the view count go up and up, when I got this comment right before I went to bed: Reading the headline of this article i thought this could be either funny or somewhat interesting, it is neither, just simply a waste of time and space on this server. This is what i call “lazy journalism.”

Fortunately, this post wasn’t a result of my pouring my heart out on a blog. Getting a comment like this on one of those types of posts will wreck you. But this one made me chuckle. It was almost ironic that the post that was obviously one of my most successful got a comment like this, while my more mediocre posts nobody even cared about. I’ve even posted things I’m completely unhappy with and I don’t get this sort of response.

Here’s something I’m learning and continue to learn: Your greatest success will always bring you the worst criticism. For the most part, you won’t hear much if you fail or make mediocre progress. But when you do something that really works, people will hate.

You need to expect it. And even look for it. When people criticize the most, it usually means I’m on the right track.

[Blog photo from Mopho.to]